A fishy Fourth: Hailey welcomes Lonesome Larry

Lonesome Larry dances down Main street in Hailey's Fourth of July Parade.

Cheering competitors in Hailey's Fourth of July criterium bike race.

There was something fishy in Hailey, Idaho on the Fourth of July. Swimming down main street through an impromptu entourage of youthful bikers, Lonesome Larry appeared in the town’s annual Fourth of July parade.

Hailey, a town of about 8,000  in the Wood River Valley, bursts with festivities each Fourth of July. From a pancake breakfast to an old-West-style rodeo, Hailey’s is a memorable Independence Day celebration.

Larry (aka IRU summer intern Annie Morrison) said she enjoyed Hailey’s welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to share Larry’s story on such an important American holiday.

“Odd though it may seem to see a giant fish waving the country’s flag, Independence Day is close to Lonesome Larry’s heart,” Morrison said. “The country’s birthday is a perfect time to remember the things we love about our land and the things that helped our civilization grow. Wild salmon were once an abundant and healthy source of food that provided sustenance and economic opportunity for many American settlers. Also, as a keystone species, salmon are vital to the health of other symbols that Americans cherish, from bald eagles to towering forests. It could be said that salmon are the most patriotic fish of all.”

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