By 8 a.m., people had started streaming into Fort Pierre. By 9:30 a.m., the curbs of Deadwood and Main Streets were packed. By the time the parade started a little after 10, even standing room was getting hard to find. One observer outside the Fort Pierre Cowboy Country Store quipped, “Half of Pierre is here!”

An exaggeration, perhaps, but one that captured just how many people had come out and enjoy the Independence day festivities and sunshine after a week of rain.

Here are some highlights from Fort Pierre’s celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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