Glenwood’s Downtown Fanfare adds fun to the Fourth of July |

Glenwood’s Downtown Fanfare adds fun to the Fourth of July

Cailey Arensman
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Fourth of July can be the epitome of summertime, with barbecues and fireworks making it a fun celebration. This year, Glenwood Springs will contribute to some of that festive feel with its first annual Downtown Fanfare.

“What we’re doing is just basically taking the downtown and adding some highlights,” says Krista DeHerrera of Valley Events Inc. Live entertainment, food and activities for children should make the Fourth of July event fun for everyone.

On the north side of the river, both the Hotel Colorado and Village Inn are helping contribute to the day’s festivities. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music and food will be offered at the hotel. The Village Inn will be conducting a pie tasting and bake sale all day.

Good Health, on Cooper Avenue, will feature a stage with a DJ. “We’ll also have blended in there a juggling performance, belly dancer performance, and barbershop quartet,” says DeHerrera, “and those will be going on intermittently all day.”

Along Grand, several activities will be taking place. Passion for Picnics will be offering sparkling lemonade and food samples, and merchants in the King Mall will be teaming up to do a big sidewalk sale. “And then of course, there’s going to be sidewalk sales all over downtown,” says DeHerrera. “Almost every merchant is doing one.”

Centennial Park is the event’s designated “Kids Zone.” With performances by Jammin Jim the Juggler, along with games and activities, there should be plenty for children to do.

The Downtown Fanfare is a project of the Downtown Partnership, a local organization for the furtherment of the community and its businesses. It is the partnership’s first organized event since its creation in 2008. “This will be our first, but we don’t expect it will be our last,” says Tom Fleming, president and CEO of the Institute for Civic Achievement (ICA). The ICA is partnering with the organization to help organize and facilitate its growth.

“One of the things we do is help communities who are interested in using the Main Street approach,” says Fleming. “Basically, it is a four-point approach for downtown advancement that was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.” Design, organization and outreach, promotion, and economic restructuring provide a series of goals for communities to work on.

Events like the Downtown Fanfare should help boost both the community as a whole and local businesses. Says Fleming, “The main thing is to encourage people to come stroll and see what businesses are doing.

“I think that typically people think it’s 4th of July and we’re going to be closed, but definitely not me,” says Heather Finley, owner of Passion for Picnics. If the fanfare draws a lot of visitors, many downtown businesses could benefit it.

The Downtown Fanfare will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to stop by and join in the celebration.

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