July 4th Events July 03, 2009
Fruita will start at dusk on Friday, July 3
If anyone in western Colorado complains about having nothing to do on the Fourth of July, he or she isn’t looking very hard.
From pancake breakfasts to fireworks, communities throughout the region are offering plenty of Independence Day celebrations and activities.
Enjoy the Fourth!
CELEBRATE IN MESA COUNTY
The Plateau Valley Heritage Days are Friday through Sunday, July 3–5, in Collbran.
A Colorado Professional Rodeo Association rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds. The event is called “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” so all competitors and spectators are encouraged to wear pink to raise money for the St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center.
A rodeo for children 5 and younger is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the rodeo grounds. A junior roughstock rodeo follows at 1 p.m.
A second CPRA rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to rodeos, Collbran also will host a series of free events for children and adults.
A free water fight is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street near the firehouse, which is also the site for the Plateau Valley Fire Department’s pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The Heritage Days parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street.
A free kids carnival runs from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and again from 4–6 p.m. that day at Gandhi Park.
Also planned for Saturday is a horseshoe pitching tournament at 1 p.m. at Gandhi Park and a softball tournament at 4 p.m. at that park. Both tournaments continue Sunday.
The running of the horses is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and a duck race is at 6 p.m. on Plateau Creek. Racing ducks, which are attached to prizes, will be available for sale that day in Collbran.
A fireworks show begins about 9:30 p.m. at Terrell Park.
The Heritage Days street dance begins about 9:30 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. on Main Street. Derringer will perform.
An Abraham Lincoln-themed parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, beginning at Ninth Street and moving west to Third Street.
A fireworks show begins about9:45 p.m. Saturday at Suplizio Field. Pre-fireworks entertainment on the field is at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets to sit in Suplizio Field for the fireworks are $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. Children age 2 and younger are free.
Advance tickets are available at City Market stores, Mesa Mall and Grand Junction Parks and Recreation offices.
Small coolers and blankets will be allowed inside Suplizio Field. Concessions will be sold.
Sparkler Seats, the west bleachers at Stocker Stadium, also are available for $1. The Sparkler
Seats go on sale Saturday at the stadium’s west entrance ticket window.
The Grand Valley Transit shuttle begins service at 6:30 p.m. and runs every half hour from the following locations: the Mesa Mall south parking lot, Mesa County Fairgrounds and Central High School.
Fireworks begin Friday after dark (about 9 p.m.) at Snooks Bottom Open Space Park in Fruita. Access to park will be restricted but the show is visible in and around Fruita.
The Kokopelli Shopping Center, any of the local parks or the La Quinta Inn parking lot are suggested places to view the fireworks. A $5 donation to the Fruita Chamber of Commerce’s
Young Professionals will be needed to park at the La Quinta Inn.
Mesa Lakes Resort
The hotel on Grand Mesa is having an outdoor barbecue with adults and kids games at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The cost to attend the barbecue and participate in the games is $12.95 per person either day. People are asked to RSVP at 268-5467.
A parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday on Third Street. The parade route ends at Town Park where the Palisade Lions Club will serve free ice cream. Free kids games also will be available in Town Park after the parade.
A fireworks show will begin shortly after dusk on Saturday at Confluence Park.
A free Symphony in the Valley Fourth of July concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Park.
A fireworks show will follow the concert at the park.
The 124th annual Meeker Range Call is Thursday through Sunday, July 2–5.
The main attractions are the Big Kahuna Beach Party at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds and the Tracy Lawrence concert at 9 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds.
A barn dance follows the concert and lasts until 2 a.m.
A parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street.
After the parade, there will be live music and a barbecue on the Rio Blanco County Courthouse lawn.
Fireworks will be shot off about 9 p.m. Saturday on Cemetery Hill.
For a complete listing of all the holiday weekend and Meeker Range Call events, go to http://www.rangecall.com.
A parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, which is also U.S. Highway 50 and will be closed for the parade.
After the parade, Summerfest begins at River Landing by the Uncompaghre River.
Summerfest is free and will include games, activities and vendors. During Summerfest, a helicopter will drop 5,000 ping-pong balls over the crowd at 3 p.m. Each ping-pong ball is worth a prize.
Fireworks begin at dusk at Sunset Mesa.
Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Saturday at Apple Tree Park, 5033 County Road 335. For more information, go to
NightVision Music Festival, two days of free Christian music concerts, is Friday and Saturday at Olathe Community Park.
Check out the Music Scene on Page 4 for more information on the festival.
An Old Fashioned Fourth of July begins at 8 p.m. Friday with the Fireman’s Dance at the Ouray Community Center.
A pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team is at
6:30 a.m. Saturday at the community center.
Ourayce, a 10K walk and run between Ouray and Ridgway, is $10 and begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with registration.
The parade is 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, followed by kids games in Fellin Park. Free water fights begin at 2 p.m. on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street.
Once the sun sets, the flare parade with Jeeps precedes the fireworks show on Million Dollar Highway above town.
Paonia Cherry Days is Friday through Sunday with food, entertainment, a craft fair, carnival, fireworks and more. Look further in this issue of Out & About for information on the festival.
Fireworks will be shot off shortly after dusk Saturday at Kenny Reservoir.
A free kids’ bicycle parade is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Rifle City Hall. It ends at Heinze Park, where there will be more children’s activities.
A parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with a fly over.
The Telluride Volunteer Fire Department’s barbecue fundraiser is after the parade in Town Park. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children.
Kids games begin at 2 p.m. in Town Park.
A fireworks display is after dark in Town Park.