It wouldn’t be Independence Day without a parade or two – check out the events planned for the Fourth of July holiday as well as the entire month of July at

Celebrate the Scottish Heritage at the Highland Games when you visit our Mount Vernon Preserve in Washington. The Highland Games are scheduled for July 14-15 and offer Scottish food, performances, dancing, music, athletic events, weaving and merchants. Held at Edgewater Park in Mt. Vernon. For information visit

Lemons and blue grass are on tap at the Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival and A Little Bluegrass Music event scheduled for July 20-22. Visit California’s Idlyllwild Preserve and enjoy this event which is just 3 miles from the preserve. The festival is part of a restoration and education project for Idyllwild’s Lemon Lily. Fun for all ages. Event features local Arts and Crafts, Pioneertown, educational exhibits, speakers and a native plant sale. Held at Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Highway 234. For festival and concert updates, check out the website at