About 1,300 went up to monument for fireworks

Approximately 1,300 people gathered atop Colorado National Monument to watch a fireworks display for its centennial celebration Friday evening, according to monument estimates.

Spectators braved chilly temperatures and a fresh coat of snow to view the fireworks from viewpoints near the Visitor’s Center and campgrounds. Not included in the count are people who viewed the fireworks from below in the Grand Valley or at the base of Independence Monument.

Photos from the event will be posted at NPS.gov/colm.

The fireworks show in New Year’s Eve was one of many special gatherings planned to celebrate Colorado National Monument’s 100th anniversary in 2011. The next event will be the Art Exhibit of the Century, which will open at 7 p.m. Friday at City Hall.

Other centennial-related events will include the Serpents Trail Centennial Challenge April 30, which will challenge hikers’ endurance going up and down the trail; the 100th Anniversary Celebration and Rededication Ceremony May 21 at the Book Cliffs View; the Centennial Tour of the Valley cycling event Aug. 28; a Centennial Band Concert in the Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Area Oct. 1; and the Centennial Rim Rock Marathon along Rim Rock Road on Nov. 12.


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