Jul 4, 2012 11:38 PM by Katy Harris - KAJ
BIGFORK - For many business owners, the Fourth of July parade kick starts a busy summer season.
Each year, 5,000 visitors attend the town's Fourth of July parade.
Sales at Bigfork's local shops have picked up over the last month, and especially this week.
The Fourth of July brings visitors into town to see the parade and, hopefully, to stay and wander throughout downtown-area businesses.
Eva Gates Homemade Preserves' shop owner Gretchen Gates said customers usually enter her store right after the parade is over.
"It's very important economically, we get a large influx of visitors to come to the parade and then hopefully stay around and shop and eat and drink," Gates said.
Gates is also the President of the Bigfork Chamber of Commerce.