Fourth of July events keep locals busy

The Fourth of July should be celebrated with gusto, and with that in mind, here are a few events to help make your Independence Day a blast.

■ FREEdom Fest with food, games and entertainment will go from 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E, Aspen Ave.

The VFW Honor Guard will give a presentation of the colors as well as a description of how the U.S. flag should be folded and the meaning of each fold.

There will be music by Lainey’s May and Hope Kings.

■ The annual fireworks show set for Wednesday, July 3, in Fruita was canceled. Instead, Fruita will offer a free community barbecue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Fruita Civic Center Park. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, ice cream and root beer.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a patriotic concert with the Grand Junction Centennial Band. Take nonalcoholic drinks, or 3.2 percent beer, a chair or blanket. No pets.

Call 858-0360 for information.

■ There’s nothing like a celebration in the “The Land of the Free” to lift your patriotic spirits and the annual Independence Day parade will do is a great place to start.

The parade, with the theme “The Land of the Free,” will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, on Main Street, downtown. Call the Downtown Partnership at 245–9697 for information.

■ The Western Colorado Credit Union’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Lincoln Park will feature not only an impressive fireworks display, but entertainment by Boogie Machine and chances to win prizes.

Gates will open at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, and entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky beginning at 9:45 p.m.

General admission tickets cost $5, and premium seat tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Administrative office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. Call 254-3866 or go to gjcity.org for information.



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