Colorado’s Grand Valley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks & parades |

Colorado’s Grand Valley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks & parades

Brittany Markert
Sparklers are one of the legal fireworks in the state of Colorado. Illegal fireworks include all that leave the ground.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


This year, once again, there are no local fire bans, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

“This hasn’t been a drought year, thankfully,” said Heather Benjamin, spokesperson for Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

As far as what is legal to set off in the state of Colorado, any firework that doesn’t leave the ground is considered legal.

According to Dave Stassen, with Grand Junction Police Department, folks who shoot off fireworks that hit the air will be charged criminally.

“While we won’t look for violators, if someone does complain about noise we will visit them,” Stassen said.

Grand Junction’s noise ordinance begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m.

Stassen advises folks to be good neighbors and visit neighbors around them, warning fireworks will be let off.

Celebrate the United States of America’s day of independence on Saturday, July 4, with many events around Colorado’s Grand Valley.


Grand Junction’s Fourth of July celebrations will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the downtown parade. After Downtown Grand Junction offices stepped aside from organizing the parade in March, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO) took on the event.

“Even though we are growing in city size, we still have that small-town feel,” said Jeremy Herigstad, GJSO’s marketing manager. “We wanted to continue with the Fourth of July parade as a way to give back to the community.”

More than 40 floats have signed up for the parade, including the Grand Junction High School Marching Band, St. Mary’s Hospital Care Flight, and Girl Scouts.

“We’re glad it’s going well,” Herigstad said.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Ninth and Main streets and head north on Main Street, ending at Third Street. Folks are asked not to park along Main Street that morning to allow for more seating.

At night, Grand Junction’s night sky will light up with fireworks from Lincoln Park starting at 9:45 p.m. Folks can sit in Suplizio Field for $2 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free.

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Fruita’s Southside Marketplace (455 Kokopelli Dr., Fruita) will host a Family Fun Fair on Friday, July 3, from 5-9 p.m. The event will include old fashioned games, a dunk tank, food and prizes. It is free and open to the public. This is the second year of the event, which started as a way for businesses south of Interstate 70 to be recognized.

“The southside businesses, or Fruita’s Southside Marketplace, hosted the event last year to provide a safe, fun environment for families to enjoy games, food and to watch the Fruita fireworks,” said Colin Cummings, US Bank Fruita branch manager, in a new release. “It was such a success, we decided to do it again, but with more planning and participation.”

Folks are invited to stick around and enjoy Fruita’s Fourth of July fireworks, which start at dusk, on Friday, July 3. The fireworks are set off at Snooks Bottom off Highway 340. Viewers are not allowed in the area during that time.

“It’s going to be a great show,” said Tom Casal, event organizer.

He explained the show will be professionally organized by Fireworks West.

The show is expected to last 20-30 minutes. It’s best viewed from the Colorado Visitor Center (340 Highway 340, Fruita) or the Fruita CO-OP (1650 Highway 6 And 50).

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Palisade will host its 49th annual July Fourth celebration on Saturday, July 4. It will kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade of 20 floats, which will head down Third and Main streets in downtown Palisade. Afterwards, folks are encouraged to attend the community picnic and games at Palisade’s Memorial Park (120 W. Eighth St., Palisade).

Julianne Adams, director of Palisade Chamber of Commerce, explained there will be old-fashioned games like potato sack races and cake walks for all ages. Residents and visitors can enjoy a meal from Rib City Grill. Palisade residents can eat for free, and visitors can enjoy a meal for $5. The event will run until 2 p.m.

“Come on down to Palisade and enjoy some old-fashioned fun,” Adams said.

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