The Big Sky Town Center Stage held Music in the Mountains to celebrate the 4th of July.
LAST YEAR ON Independence Day I set out to have the most American 4th of July ever. This year, I wondered how I could top last year's 10k run, whitewater rafting, bar-b-que, beer, and fireworks.
Turns out, Big Sky lends itself to the ultra-American 4th, and topping last year wasn't so hard. This year I started with a mountainous trail run put on by the Big Sky Community Corporation that wound for 10 miles under spacious skies and through amber waves of grain, the majesty of purple mountains palpable around me.
I followed up with a burger at the Big Sky community celebration while watching locals like Big Sky Resort VP of Lodging Barb Rooney brave the dunk tank. The afternoon was then filled with sunny hours on my porch with friends, grilling and dodging firecrackers set off by a host of neighbors.
In the evening I donned my American Flag cape and US Senate sunglasses to watch Freddy Pink play the Town Center Stage. I sang the National Anthem as a giant fireworks display lit up the Meadow Village, raising my beer up like Lady Liberty’s torch. I felt a surge of love – for my country and community. For my freedom and friends.
For the second year running, my mission for the ultimate American 4th was complete. Not too difficult when you live in Big Sky, Montana, this beautiful mountain town in the Great American West.
Enjoying Music in the Mountains
Everyone showed their American pride with patriotic garb like this belt buckle. We had to white out one of the words, but we think you can guess what it said.
My American flag doubles as a cape. Don't worry, I never let it touch the groud.