July 4, 2017


4th of July

It’s unbelievable, really, like being in a Norman Rockwell painting or a Currier and Ives scene.  The whole town comes out to play, have fun, and celebrate, courtesy of, well, the whole town because most everybody volunteers to work one or two events.  It all starts with a fun run/walk at 7:30am, followed by a dunk in the city swimming pool to cool off.  Then hurry to High Street to pick your spot for the 90-minute glorious parade, and be sure to bring a big bag to collect all the candy and toys tossed at you from the locals on the floats.  Hungry? Move on up to Water Tower Park for a chicken barbeque while listening to the folksy and singalong tunes of a local band (Point Five played last year).  Right about now is when you’ll feel like taking a nap. Sure, you can walk back to the Walker House and snooze in your air-conditioned room, but instead you may want to risk it all.  Pack a beach blanket and walk to Soldiers’ Memorial Park to claim a strategic spot on the lush lawn.  You need to position yourself correctly to watch ball games on the diamond, swim in the city pool, eat ice cream and homemade fruit pies, and listen to a rousing concert by the city band.  Don’t poop out yet, because the day is not over.  There’s a $15,000 fireworks show right behind the Walker House.  Be sure to pack a lawn chair and set it up in the parking lot, where you’ll snuggle up with the one(s) you love.  Yes, sometimes life is real good.

You can live the Grandest Day Of The Year in Mineral Point right from the Walker House.  Walk to all the events, and sandwich the Great Day with a few more days by taking advantage of our great lodging discounts.  Fuel up for the busy days with our full hot breakfasts (free for lodgers), and then relax in the evening in front of a campfire smokin’ some S’Mores.  As always, you’ll find homemade gourmet cookies in your room each night, and coming-home-to-Grandma friendliness throughout the days.  You can expect to feel proud to be living in this great country of ours and to feel hopeful for the future because, yes, there are nice people around us.  It’s a great time to be alive!