The Honor Guard from American Legion Post 800 leads the Idyllwild annual Fourth of July Parade down North Circle Drive Tuesday. Post Commander Danny Richardson is on the far right issuing the march cadence. Photos by JP Crumrine


Parade viewers at the Idyllwild Town Crier stand at attention during the National Anthem played by trumpeter and veteran Cid Castillo.


Ms. Whistler attempts to catch the bubbles coming from Anna Banana’s bubble pistol.


The grand marshals of the 2017 Fourth of July Parade were Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff (left) and Hemet Station Capt. Leonard Purvis.


Gary Kuscher (left) and Charles “Chic” Fojtik carry a banner for the Laser Light Show displayed on Lily Rock at night on the Fourth of July. The show was in honor of Fojtik’s wife, Pamela, who loved fireworks, but died last December.


The Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild are one of the most popular groups in the parade. On the right, Clay Helgren walks two of the dogs available for adoption.


Idyllwild Water District Board President Dr. Charles Schelly, as Uncle Sam, enjoys the parade with his wife Leslie.


Mike Pauro, as Fiddlin’ Uncle Sam, serenades parade spectators with a version of “A Yankee Doodle Dandy.”


American Legion Post 800 held its annual open-bit barbecue on Saturday, July 1, featuring music by Mark Huston and the Workin’ Men. Fine weather helped everyone enjoy the great food while the amazing music enticed some onto the dance floor. Photo by Tom Kluzak


  1. I returned home today after a visit to Idyllwild . We have been visiting every 4th of July for several years. I have sensitive greyhounds and the peace and quiet is “greyt” for them. We always love our visits to Idyllwild. This year was especially exciting as we were treated to a laser light show. It was fun to see and experience something inclusive for tourists and locals as well. Thank you for another memorable visit.