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Celebrating Independence Day in the Eastern Sierra is a whole weekend full of fun.

From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 4th there are exciting activities available for the whole family. From the city of Independence to the town of Mammoth Lakes, with Bishop midway between you’ll find pancake breakfasts, parades, free fishing, free swimming, train rides, a running race, baseball, volley ball, bocce, free watermelon, pie and ice cream, and of course fireworks – lots of fireworks!

Here’s a great guide to a great time in the Eastern Sierra during the Independence Day weekend. You’ll find contact details and links for more information about the events below. Stop in at the Bishop Visitor Center at 690 N. Main Street for the best advice, excellent maps & directions, and details on other great weekend activities and paces to visit in the area.

California Free Fishing Day – July 2

Whether you’re an old hand at angling or new to the fun of fishing, Saturday, July 2nd in the Eastern Sierra is probably going to be the best fishing you can have all year. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) offers two Free Fishing Days each year and this Saturday is one of them.

The choices of lake fishing, river fishing, bait fishing or fly-fishing are almost endless. Find solitude in the water on your own or take loved ones and friends along and … oh, yes! June is “teach a kid or friend to fish” month so share your skills and love of angling.

While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, on Saturday, July 2nd anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.

Fishing at Intake 2

Fishing at Intake 2

Bishop Activities & Celebrations All Weekend

July 1: 5:30 – 8:30pm

The Bishop Paiute Community and Farmers Market offers a wonderful selection of produce, food and crafts from local growers, artists, & food vendors at the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center. For more info all 760-920-5254 or email .

July 2: 9am – Noon

Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers’ Market serves up a wonderful selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, flowers and homemade items. Located on Church Street, behind Bishop City Hall, come early for best selection. Call City of Bishop for more information 760-873-5863.

Bishop Farmers Market

Bishop Farmers Market

July 2 & 3: 10:30am to 2:30pm

Laws Railroad Museum is running train rides on the Death Valley Railroad Car. Tickets may be purchased in the Depot, $5 a person, kids under 13 ride free with an adult. Schedule is subject to change for unforeseen circumstances. Call 760-873-5950 for more info.

Laws Railroad Museum (Photo credit Ron Nickerson)

Laws Railroad Museum (Photo credit Ron Nickerson)

July 3: 3pm – 9pm

Paiute Palace Casino Fireworks Show starts after sunset following a fun day of outdoor activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the food, arts and craft fair, plus free kids activities and live entertainment. For more info call 888-372-4883 or log on to www.paiutepalace.com.

Free fireworks show on July 3rd

Free fireworks show on July 3rd

July 4: All Day

Big Day in the Bishop City Park is an all day event for the whole family. Enjoy free swimming in the Bishop City Pool and have yourself some free watermelon, pie & ice cream. Watch an exhibition baseball game or play tennis, bocce & sand volleyball on the local courts. It’s open to all. Call 760-873-5863 for info.

July 4: 4 – 9pm

This is the big one in Bishop! Free spectacular fireworks show sponsored by the Bishop Fire Department. Bring your barbecue, coolers, and shade. After sundown, watch the night sky show. Contact 760-873-5863 for more info.

Independence Day in Independence

July 4: Dawn to Dusk

Have a little old fashioned fun at Eastern California Museum. There’s a 4K/10K run, pancake breakfast, parade, arts/crafts, games, pie, ice cream, concerts, BBQ, arts & crafts, and a fireworks show. Call this number to get all the details: 760-878-0258.

Mammoth Fun in Mammoth Lakes

July 4 – 10:30am

Start out with a run in the Footloose Freedom Mile. This one-mile road race starts at Snowcreek driving range 30 minutes before the town Fourth of July parade on Old Mammoth Road. Pre-registration costs $25 and day-of registration costs $35. All proceeds benefit Mammoth Track Project and Disabled Sports. Pre-register here.

July 4: 11am

Independence Day Parade in Mammoth Lakes starts on Lake Mary Road and travels down Main Street and turns the corner at Old Mammoth Road. Bring beach chairs, umbrellas, cooler boxes and towels. It’s gonna be a hot one and you’re likely to get hosed down!

Cruise the town during the day and find beautiful arts and crafts at the Mono County Arts annual art festival and grab yourself a great bargain at the Mammoth Marketplace.

July 4: about 9:15pm

The Town of Mammoth Lakes in partnership with Crowley Lake Fish Camp presents the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Crowley Lake after sunset. This year’s “Sky Concert” will propel over 737 shells into the Eastern Sierra sky for a mesmerizing 20 minutes beginning at approximately 9:15pm (weather permitting). Best parking and viewing can be had for a small fee at the Crowley marina, otherwise park in Crowley, alongside the road (please park well off the road!) or by the power station.

4th of July camping – an American tradition

There are tons of great camping options in and around Bishop. Bring the kids, the pets, your BBQ and all your toys. Load up the bikes, rafts, kayaks, fishing rods, tennis racquets, cameras, kites and backpacks. Whatever you have we have a place for you to have fun with it.

Take a look at a couple of previous blog posts for lots more information about camping.

https://www.bishopvisitor.com/ins-outs-camping-bishop-creek-canyon/

https://www.bishopvisitor.com/10-perfect-places-spring-camping-around-bishop/

Brown's Town Campground

Brown’s Town Campground

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7 days ago

We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist
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We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist

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Wow... been a good long while since I’ve been to Bishop. Their high school team was in our league (I went to Tehachapi High) and we traveled there for some football games — something like a 5-6 hour drive each way if I recall correctly. A tough team to beat also. I’m betting it hasn’t changed all that much over all these years (circa late ‘60s).

I'm so sorry the smoke is bad there still. I missed my annual visit this year. It's on my to do list for next year.

We can see it over the Spring Mountains to the West/NW here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not much of it made it into the LV valley.

Would LOVE to move there if my hubby can find a job nearby!

We left this morning. Not only is it very smokey the smell of smoke is incredible. I don't smoke and I was ready to light up.

Nice photo. That's the real West.

Miss Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Tinnamaha campground!!!!

No, that is where the theater and Joseph’s used to be. Joseph’s has been gone for some time now. Penny’s is now Dollar General. Unfortunately a lot of vacant stores. Hi Kent!❤️

Hello and good morning. I am planning to drive up to Bishop from Southern California. The main purpose is to see fall colors. May I know if the fall colors are still at peak this coming next two weeks or is it past peak? Thank you for your advice/suggestions.

We were just there.😔

We have to leave too, I almost threw up it was so bad, got to Lee Vining and blue fresh air..take care of yourselves

so sorry for the smoke crazy time for all this year.

I spent a week here and didn't get to see the beauty through the smoke 😏

When was this picture taken, Sunday at 6 am ? never seen it this quiet.

Awesome pic! I wish a Main Street business had a rooftop deck so you can eat with that exact same view!

No smoke in the photo. ??

Is this an old photo? Joseph’s market was the only market back when we lived in Bishop in 1969.

It’s still Smokey? Where is the smoke coming from ?

Beautiful town

I always love to go threw Bishop.

Went thru Bishop yesterday, it was terribly Smokey 😪💚

I wish it was still small !

Does bishop still have a jack in the box

My favorite place ❤️

Isnt that the Old JC Penney store?

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1 week ago

Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom
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Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom

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Wonderful vacation destination

And a free thinker! This is Good!

🙏praying that it stays like this 💖

I miss Bishop so much and living there too 😢😉❤️

This is one of my favorite places to take pictures when I lived in Bishop. There’s many more.

Sigh. Bishop. Love it.

See you next week little sheep

We loved our visit to Bishop

Miss bishop fun times there

Nice!!!

Oh how I love that view

It was beautiful

Love Bishop

👍

Need snow on them things!

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2 weeks ago

In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14
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In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
https://www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14

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I've been on that same road every year at this time...

It sure was smoky today.

Still hazy there.😥

I love the West.

Beautiful picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

We always used to stay at Brown’s Millpond Campground just north of Bishop. Very nice private campground with a stream running through it. So many wonderful memories from Mule Days!

Up her for 4 day little smoke but really nice trees turning colors

It's the hunting and fishing Road 🏞️🎣🏕️🌌🤠🥰

Love Bishop and the surrounding mountains !!!

Hwy 168 going to Lake Sabrina, North and South lakes?

With I was there.

maybe next weekend any hotel suggestions?

Johanna Atwell

GOD HOW I WISH I WAS ON THAT ROAD... CAREFREE HIWAY...

Lots of nice smoke.....

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2 weeks ago

The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!Hello Friends!☺️
💥 ESCA 20th Annual 5K Walk & Fun Run! 💥October 11-17th! Virtual Edition!
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Thank you for your continued support! ☺️
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The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!

2 weeks ago

Dog days of summer or fall??!!
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe
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Dog days of summer or fall??!! 
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe

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I heard the colors have peaked in this area. Is it still worth visiting or are there other good spots to hit up?

Beautiful picture.

Wonderful vacation destination

Beautiful

Beautiful picture! Cute dog!

North Lake?

Looking good

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