Gold Rush Days Independence Day Parade July 6, 2019
Parade 11 a.m.
Picnic & Raffle at School after parade
The historic gold rush era town of Graniteville enjoys an old-fashioned Independence Day parade, picnic and music. Everyone is welcome. Free lunch and Bluegrass music at the Schoolhouse can't be beat!
According to Janis Bishop, founder of the fantastic graniteville.org, There are no actual services in Graniteville – no stores, gas stations, campgrounds or lodging, only private homes. Your best bet for lodging would be to stay in Nevada City which is about an hour's drive. Graniteville itself has a cemetery to look at, and the 4th of July Parade which is fun to watch, but no where to stay overnight. Bowman lake is about 5 miles away and has camping and is very pretty – that might be another good choice.
Bowman Lake Campground operated by Tahoe National Forest (fs.usda.gov) is very remote with limited services. There are 7 campsites with tables, fire rings and bear proof food lockers. There is no trash service. Bowman Lake is a large lake surrounded by rocky cliffs and scattered pines. It's great for fishing and swimming. However, the rough, rocky, and narrow boat launch facilities and the very rough, rocky, and narrow road to the campground which requires a high clearance vehicle provide challenges. Not to mention towing boats or trailers is very difficult and dangerous. There are several stretches of the road where it is impossible for two vehicles to pass around each other and so if traffic is coming from both directions, someone will need to back up. Despite the difficult access, Bowman Lake is a popular, heavily used area.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.