Despite no parade, no pancakes and no picnicking at the base of Snow King, residents and visitors celebrated the nation’s birthday with gusto all the same.

Rivers, creeks and lakes provided a cool balm for the stress of a pandemic. People flocked to String and Jenny lakes in Grand Teton National Park (see pages 14A-23A), Green River Lakes in the Wind River Range and all stretches of the Snake River. In Teton Valley, balloons glowed in the morning light over Driggs, Idaho (see page 12B).

Minimal traffic snaked through town as people scattered to their favorite outdoor hangouts to celebrate.

By evening, people had staked out their spots to watch one or more fireworks shows, although they weren’t permitted to do it on the traditional picnic ground: Snow King Ball Field and Phil Baux Park were closed.

An ambitious few earned mountaintop views of the fireworks, treated at the stroke of 10 p.m. to booms over Snow King, Stilson and Teton Village.

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