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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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3 days ago

Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite?
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!
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Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite? 
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!

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Would have guessed Split Mtn, but have only flown over these mountains twice.

Too many to choose, the higher and more remote the better

Saddle Bag Lake. ❤️

Blue lake! The best, at least I know of~!!!

I need a good-looking tour guide(male) to show me around on my next visit. 😉🐈😷

So beautiful. I miss being up there.

Mt. Aggasisz? I probably butchered that spelling.

Blue Lake

Blue lake❣

Sabrina

Dorothy Lake

Horton Lake

Dorothy and Mildred

Beautiful

Beautiful

Upper Lamarck

Beautiful

That’s beautiful.

Nice 👍

Ruwau Lake, Tyee Lakes, upper Lamark lake, Blue lake, & Little Lakes Valley.

Terra Rankin

Lake.

Any part of Bishop is fine, I JUST WANT TO BE THERE TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE! 😀❤️😄💙

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4 days ago

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more. They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!Thanks ESIA for providing helpful information and advice to visitors on responsible recreation in our region! ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more.  They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!

5 days ago

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County. ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/
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Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County.  ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/

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The community stories are wonderful

The big deal when I was growing up was going to the Tri-County Fair rodeo, taking in a movie, and having dinner...all over Labor Day. Then there were the trips from Mammoth to Bishop to go to the grocery store, topped off by a stop at Schatz for sandwiches and to buy bread. What a wonderful place!!!

Used to watch movies at this theater back in the early 70's. Great memories wonderful town. I visit just about every year and enjoy the old school vibe. My parents started AYSO soccer in Bishop. I used to bicycle down the street as a kid, drop a fishing line and pull out lots of trout.

No Bishop does not need a Walmart mart or another supposed better grocery store. We do not have the people to work them. Plus we have new buildings that weren't supposed to be built and a whole mess of empty buildings. We want to keep it a small town feel.

I was sorry to hear that the JC Penny store closed there. I used to work there when I lived in Cali. I had the most wonderful coworkers and the best boss ever!!! Bishop will live on in my heart forever.

Remember Jill Kenmont👍👍

Great little town Bishop is, leave it alone. My mom graduated from Bishop High school, we went to Bishop many years for Christmas with my Grandparents

I was born in Bishop and moved out around 1990. I've moved all over California since then, and no matter where I moved to I always wanted to go back. Some day... Maybe when my kids are all grown and out of the house I'll take my wife and dogs and move back...

Great town. can't wait to come visit when things calm down. Missed Mule days and our family reunion at the lodge but we will be back

Looking forward to visiting as soon and we can! We love Bishop!

Love Bishop! Just passed thru Monday on the way back from Yosemite!

Bishop is in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth. The eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley will persevere.

I love that Bishop is a smaller town. It part id it s charm for visitors. Needed some items last trip , found them in town and what friendly people !! And you should fit your town , not always for the town to fit you.

3 yrs ago we just started driving , landed in Bishop, stayed several days, just loved that trip, no fish but who cares .... 😍🎣🚗💨💨

best town in California

We believe in Bishop. Stay well. <3

Between 1934 and 1939, I spent some Saturday afternoons watching movies at the theatre in Bishop - think the Hollands owned it then - one of the Holland boys was in my elementary school grade. Best wishes to all.

Bishop is fine the way it is.

Please don't change! I love you the way you are!!

We would like to keep it that way, but there are a lot of people coming into the area now who are leaving their trash on the ground & putting graffiti on any available surface. Do that S... at home, not in our town.

You have no idea how badly I need to visit You Bishop.

Saw it has been 100 degrees up there.

Play my brother Danny scene Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at that theater years and years ago

Lived here in the early 80’s

Soon as possible.

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Love Bishop been there a couple times I can’t wait till I go back to visit 😊👍

love bishop

Was there many times.

Live there and love it

Love Bishop!

Love Bishop.

wish I still lived there

I’m a Hoosier that loves to visit Bishop!

Love Bishop too!

Gateway to heaven or as close as you can get

Been in bishop twice. ❤️ both times

It's beautiful, clean, but, to darn hot 😎😎😎😎

Love Bishop. Born and raise there

My home town

Does anyone know if they are having the car show in October this year?

we just move out here and we need a store to buy home stuff like target or even walmart 😤😫

Be there on 22sd for a week of camping and fishing creekside RV park

Is the KMart there out of business?

Make this a sticker for purchase.

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1 week ago

Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

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Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

Photo by Sean B Plunkett

Comment on Facebook Bishop’s beauty ...

So beautiful. Love Bishop and miss it so much.

Gorgeous photo! Stay safe my friends! We hope to see you in 2021!

So beautiful, love your site 🙂🙂❤❤

So beautiful. A field of Lupins.

Beautiful only 108 degrees

So Gorgeous! 😍

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful

Love the flowers...but need to get rid tourists...we have followed all the rules..NO TRAVELING..NOT YET...but are counties get more C-19..please leave and take your 🗑 with you

Awesome!!! Sean plunkett

Very beautiful picture

Pretty Hot right now but Beautiful ❣️

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful.

What plant is this?

Andrew Peterson

Eileen Stephens

So beautiful

Beautiful picture

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