Strike up the band! Parades, fireworks to celebrate Fourth

The nation’s 238th birthday is nearly here, and as long as there are no Red Flag warnings issued for the Fourth of July weekend, Grand Valley residents will be free to light those fireworks.

At least those that don’t leave the ground or go boom in the night sky. Those are against Colorado law.

For those who’d rather watch more professional fireworks shows, two such events are planned to celebrate Independence Day.

First, Fruita will be setting off fireworks from Snooks Bottom Open Space Park at dusk on Thursday.

Then, Grand Junction’s Fourth of July fireworks show will take place Friday from Suplizio Field after the Grand Junction Rockies baseball game.

But before those events occur, other activities in relation to the holiday weekend are scheduled, not the least of which are parades and festivals from one end of the valley to the other.

In Fruita prior to its show, the Fruita Southside Business Community will sponsor a Hometown Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kokopelli Plaza. That event will feature live music, old-fashioned games, a bump house, face painting, contests and other activities.

At 9 a.m. Friday on the other end of the valley in Palisade, an Independence Day Parade will kick off the town’s Celebrate Palisade Heritage. (This year is the town’s 110th birthday.)

That daylong event will begin with the parade and continue with a beer garden and games in the park.

Those games will include a picnic basket auction, team sack races, a hoop-and-stick race, a nail-driving contest and a cakewalk.

At 10 a.m. in the middle of the valley, the Fourth of July Parade will march down Main Street in downtown Grand Junction, while a another parade will start at the same time in Montrose.


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