FOURTH EVENTS: You shouldn’t need to go far to salute our nation’s birthday

Fourth fireworks

Collbran celebrates its independent Western spirit with the Plateau Valley Heritage Days Cowboy Festival over the Fourth of July weekend. Look for rodeos, a street dance and horseshoe pitching tournament at this traditional celebration.

Friday, July 2, is a Ranch Horse Classic at 9 a.m. and Ranch Rodeo at 1 p.m. Locals will have a Calcutta at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 3, events include Cowboy church at 8 a.m., the start of the horseshoe pitching tournament and a Colorado Professional Rodeo Association rodeo at 7 p.m. Local country-rock band Exit 42 will play a street dance starting at 9 p.m.

Sunday, July Fourth, starts with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Activities are scheduled on Main Street throughout the day. Following the CPRA Rodeo are fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For complete information go to

Crested Butte activities begin at about 9:30 p.m. July 3 with a fireworks show. The fun spills into July Fourth, beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7–10 a.m. at the fire station. The Gothic to Crested Butte Run, Walk or Crawl 1/3 Marathon begins at 8 a.m. in Gothic and ends in downtown Crested Butte. The annual parade begins at 11 a.m. on Elk Avenue and will be immediately followed by a water fight. Live music, a food court and old-fashioned games are also planned.

A free concert by Boston Brass begins at 4 p.m. at the Center for the Art’s outdoor stage. Other musical acts will follow. The night is wrapped up with a fireworks presentation beginning at about 9:20 p.m. at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Delta will celebrate Independence Day with a dazzling fireworks display beginning about 9 p.m. July Fourth at Confluence Park. Admission is free, but the Delta Fire Department will be accepting donations.

Fruita will hold its annual Independence Day fireworks display at dusk July 3 at Snooks Bottom Open Space Park. Parking is restricted, and fireworks enthusiasts can watch from the Kokopelli Shopping Center, the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals parking lot behind the LaQuinta Hotel, the Fruita Co-op Country parking lot or at a local park.

Gateway Canyons Resort is planning a spectacular Fourth of July celebration beginning at 7 p.m. July 3rd. The festivities begin with a barbecue featuring all the classic summer treats. At about 9:45 p.m., a fireworks display will light up the sky. The David Starr Band will provide the entertainment for the evening. During the Fourth of July weekend, Gateway Canyons will offer a packaged deal starting at $87.50 per person, excluding taxes, which includes a one-night stay, two tickets to the Independence Day events and 20 percent off either a spa treatment or leisure activity through the Adventure Center.

Glenwood Springs celebrations begin with a free symphonic concert by Symphony in the Valley at 8 p.m. July Fourth at Two Rivers Park. The symphony will play American classics by Sousa, Copeland and other American composers. Fireworks will follow the concert.

Grand Junction begins its celebration of American independence at 5 p.m. July Fourth with a “Proud to be an American” parade down Main Street. A fly-over will signal the parade’s start. Parking will be available at the parking structure on Rood Avenue.

The celebration will continue with the annual fireworks show beginning later that night at about 9:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and set up in Lincoln Park to watch the dazzling display. Stocker Stadium will not be open and the entertainment portion of the night will not occur due to construction at the stadium.

Gunnison’s celebrations begin July 2 with the Fourth of July Hot Air Balloon Rally in Jorgensen Park. The town is also planning its largest fireworks display ever as part of the 60th annual Gunnison Rotary Club’s fireworks celebration at about 9:15 p.m., also in the park. Before the fireworks, live music, a beer garden and a food court will open to the public at 4:30 p.m., followed by a historical presentation at dusk.

Montrose plans to celebrate the Fourth of July in classic American fashion, beginning with a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m. Following the parade, families can gather at Cerise Park to enjoy live music and entertainment, and food and refreshments. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.

Palisade is celebrating our nation’s independence beginning at 8:30 a.m. July Fourth with a sidewalk chalk drawing contest for kids in front of the Palisade Peddler, 330 Main St. The fun continues with a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join the parade, and kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes for the event. The parade will end at Memorial Park, where the Lions Club will have games and ice cream set up for the children. The Palisade Fire Department will join in the fun with water games at the park.

Rifle’s Independence Day celebrations begin with a concert series at 4 p.m. July 3 in Centennial Park. Fireworks will follow at about 9:45 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. However, no viewing is available at the fairgrounds.

Telluride kicks off its Independence Day celebration a few days early with a Red, White and Blues concert during the late afternoon of July 2 at Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village.

The fun continues on Monday, July Fourth with the Telluride Classic Run-dola race at 8:30 a.m. at the base of the gondola. The Fireman’s Fourth of July will follow with a “quaint and quirky bash,” including a parade down Main Street, a barbecue and picnic. The night is capped with a fireworks show at dusk.


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