A bevy of festivities marked Independence Day in Butte County and elsewhere, with parades, music and fireworks shows.

In Biggs, the annual Fourth of July Hometown Celebration included dozens of parade entries that were welcomed by hundreds of residents who lined B Street to get a view.

Early on, the parade’s grand marshal, Frank Mathauser, was escorted before the crowd in a blue 1966 Superformance Cobra.

Mathauser, it was said, has been the owner of the Pheasant Club in Biggs for 63 years and was honored for his service to the community of Biggs.

Following Mathauser were a variety of entries that included local businesses, community organizations and service agencies, in addition to a delegation of Biggs High School student-athletes.

The ceremony was complete with a duo of monster tractors that rolled through town, forcing children and parents alike to crane their necks to get a full view.

Biggs’ celebration, which included a scheduled barbecue, live music and fireworks show, was not unlike events planned in Chico and Oroville.

In Chico the day started with a scheduled fun run and pancake breakfast at One-Mile Recreation Area, and fireworks capped the night over Silver Dollar Speedway at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.

Fireworks also highlighted festivities in Oroville, with a show over the Thermalito North Forebay. This is the second year the show, which traditionally lights up the sky over Lake Oroville at the dam, has been put on at the Forebay as construction continues on the Oroville Dam spillway.



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