Pinedale celebrates Fourth of July

PINEDALE – Jubilant revelers filled the American Legion Park as friends, families and tourists gathered for the Town of Pinedale’s annual Fourth of July bash.

A sense of normalcy pervaded. Emma Cole, lead singer for Wildermiss, remarked that when the band performed in Pinedale two years ago, people sat in circles painted on the grass 6 feet apart.

Town staff, councilmembers and volunteers kicked the celebration off with a picnic – serving hot dogs, hamburgers and a healthy heaping of buffet-style sides and desserts contributed by the public. Mayor Matt Murdock said the town served approximately 500 people.

The Pinedale Fine Arts Council featured live music, part of its Soundcheck Summer Music Series. The duo Two Runner opened the show. Musicians Paige Anderson and Emilie Rose used traditional instruments like the fiddle, banjo and guitar to add a contemporary edge to folk music.

Headlining act Wildermiss, an indie rock band from Denver, hit the stage as the setting sun lit up the outdoor stage. The audience jammed to rhythms poured out by band members Cole, guitarist Joshua Hester and drummer Caleb Thoemke.

The festivities culminated with the Town of Pinedale’s Fourth of July spectacular fireworks at Dudley Key Sports Complex. Casey Dauwen, owner of Yellowstone Trail RV Park, loaned a parcel of land to stage the show.


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