Go Fourth in style: Don’t let fire restrictions put damper on holiday

Don't let fire restrictions put damper on holiday

Eight members of the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team plant the American flag on top of the 450-foot-high Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument today, the Fourth of July. It’s a tradition started by the park’s first caretaker, John Otto, in the early 1900s

Crowds line Main Street on Monday for the annual Fourth of July Parade in downtown Grand Junction.

Fourth of July Fireworks The holiday fireworks will be set off Friday, July 4, from Lincoln Park, Grand Junction, following the Grand Junction Rockies baseball game.

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Fireworks at Lincoln Park.


Sunset this July 4 will occur at about 8:45 p.m. Stay updated on current Colorado fire bans at coemergency.com/p/fire-

Reaching for your much-loved box of sparklers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and cherry bombs in preparation for the Fourth of July?

You may want to leave it all packed up on that garage shelf.

Our hot, dry weather has led Mesa and Garfield County officials to outlaw all personal use of fireworks through the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in the Grand Valley—though there are no restrictions yet in Delta and Montrose counties.

But even though you might not be able to set off your own fireworks, you can still light your holiday up with fun. There are plenty of patriotic events to attend in your best Uncle Sam outfit, including traditional fireworks displays put on by the cities, which are still allowed under this year’s fire restrictions.

So revel in the red sunburns, white heat and blue skies at your favorite Fourth of July festival and consider leaving the panoply of fireworks to the professionals.

Here are some of the local events you should get out and enjoy:

Grand Junction


Credit Union of Colorado 
4th of July Parade

At 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 4, moving West on Main Street between Ninth and Third streets. More info: 970-243-6787.


Fourth of July Celebration

From 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool. Admission is $2.41, including rides on the water slide for those 42 inches tall and over. More info: 970-254-3848.

City of Grand Junction 
Fourth of July Fireworks

The Grand Junction Rockies play the Orem Owlz at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at Suplizio Field, with the city’s annual fireworks display presented after the game. More info: 970-255-7625.



Annual July 3 Fireworks

At dusk on Monday, July 3, from Snooks Bottom Open Space. The show can best be viewed from the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park or the Fruita Co-op Country lot. More info: 970-858-0360.


Annual 3rd of July Tailgate Party

Gates open at 5 p.m. in the lot behind the La Quinta for this Grant-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser featuring vendors, music, camel rides and prime viewing of Fruita’s fireworks.  Admission is $5 per carload. More info: grantawishco.org/events.


Raising of the Flag 
on Independence Monument

Between 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Technical Rescue Team will continue its tradition of raising an American flag on top of Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument. The ceremony can be best viewed at the Independence Monument Overlook or the Book Cliffs View. More info: facebook.com/Mesacountysheriffsoffice.




Independence Day Parade

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, running down Iowa Avenue onto Main Street and ending at Veterans’ Memorial Park, where family fun will commence after the parade. More info: 970-464-5602.



Delta Fireworks

From 9-10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at Confluence Park. More info: 970-874-9532.





Paonia Cherry Days Festival

The festival, in its 71st year, runs from Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, in Paonia. Events are packed in all day long from Saturday through Tuesday, including music, dance, food and even a cherry pit-spitting contest. More info: paoniacherrydays.com/schedule.html or 970-527-3597.





Montrose Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and moves down historic Main Street from North Pythian Avenue to South Rio Grande Avenue. At dusk fireworks lit off Sunset Mesa can be best seen from Riverbottom and Cerise parks. More info: 970-497-8558.


Downtown Independence Day 

From 9:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. food, music, a beer and wine garden, family fun and vendors can be found on Main Street. More info: facebook.com/montrosedowntown.

De Beque


3rd Annual Scott Elliot 4th of July Celebration

From 4-11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, in Gazebo Park. Festivities start with a parade and feature many family-friendly activities, with live music from 7-11 p.m. and fireworks at dusk, donated by Kush Gardens. More info: 970-283-5475.




Plateau Valley Heritage Days

Collbran’s rodeo and cowboy festival runs from July 1-4, with events all day long on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, including a street dance on Main Street on July 3 at 9 p.m. and a fireworks display on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at Terrell Park. More info: pvheritagedays.com.




Independence Day Celebration

From 4-10 p.m. on Monday, July 3, at Centennial Park. Events include face painting and mini putt for the kids, a symphony concert at 7 p.m. and the city’s fireworks display at dusk. More info: 970-655-6400.


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