Fourth of July celebrations to be held around western Colorado |

Fourth of July celebrations to be held around western Colorado

Compiled by Caitlin Row
Every Fourth of July, members of Mesa County Search & Rescue raise the American Flag to the top of Independence Monument.


According to a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office news release, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is not under a fire ban for the first time in years due to favorable conditions. Caution is still urged when handing fireworks, grilling, and building campfires over the weekend.

There are also many rules and regulations still in place: The use of fireworks on federal lands is illegal; no one under the age of 16 is allowed to purchase or possess fireworks; Illegal fireworks include any which project or disburse metal, glass, or brittle plastic when ignited (cherry bombs, roman candles, bottle rockets, and helicopters); and anything that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado.

Legal fireworks include cone fountains, spinners, torches, sparklers, snakes, and trick noise makers.

“The Mesa County Fire Chief’s Association wishes everyone a happy Independence Day and reminds everyone to celebrate safely,” Palisade Fire Chief Richard Rupp, president of the Fire Chief’s Association, said in a news release.

— Free Press staff report

On July 4, 1776, 13 American colonies officially severed ties with Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence. Years of bloody battle would follow to secure sovereignty, but for more than two centuries Americans have celebrated on this date with patriotic gusto, parades, costumes, games and fireworks.

Modern-day Fourth of July revelry changed little since its inception. Around Grand Junction and its nearby communities, events steeped in tradition return Friday, July 4, with options for every proclivity.


Don’t miss downtown Grand Junction’s Independence Day Parade, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon along downtown’s Main Street. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Floats and costumes are planned.

Then Grand Junction Rockies will play Orem Owlz at Suplizio Field starting at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with live music and food offered before play starts. Fourth of July fireworks will follow the game. Fans can stay in their seats until the end.

Lincoln Park Pool will also host discounted pricing for all ages this Independence Day — $2.38 per person.


Though Fruita’s Independence Day community celebration and fireworks happened Thursday, July 3, Colorado National Monument’s Independence Monument Flag-Raising is planned for July 4.

According to a news release, “Mesa County’s Technical Search and Rescue Team will climb Independence Monument on Independence Day to raise the American flag. Team members anticipate reaching the summit between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.” This event continues a tradition started by CNM founder John Otto in 1911.

To watch the flag-raising, head to Independence Monument View, which is located a little more than a mile east of the Visitor Center on Rim Rock Drive, or walk Otto’s Trail.

“For your safety, please stay away from cliff edges and pay attention to footing and environmental factors such as loose rocks and wind,” the news release noted.


Palisade’s traditional Independence Day Parade is scheduled for July 4 at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to line up starting at 8:30 a.m. in the dirt lot downtown. Food and family-friendly games are planned at Palisade Memorial Park after the parade concludes. Costumes are encouraged for the parade and town party.


Telluride’s Fourth of July celebration starts at 11 a.m., with a parade on its historic main drag. Then a party is scheduled for Town Park, including running races, barbecue sponsored by Telluride’s firemen, games, airplane appearances, then fireworks at sunset weather permitting. The free gondola will run during its regularly scheduled hours between Telluride and Mountain Village.

Ouray’s all-day Independence Day party starts at 6:30 a.m. with the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Pancake Breakfast. The OURAYCE 10K starts at 8 a.m. at City Hall, then the Fourth of July Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Parade participants should line up along Fourth Street before it starts. Additional festivities — including barbecue, lemonade and lawn games — start at 11 a.m. A free concert featuring The Black Lillies runs from 4-9 p.m., with fireworks starting after sunset.

Silverton’s July 4 party starts at 8 a.m. with the Blue Ribbon Run 2K, 5K and 10K, with its parade starting at 10:30 a.m. (along Greene and Blair streets). Memorial Park’s old-fashioned picnic and brass band performance is planned over lunch. Other activities include a Duck Derby, International Rhubarb Festival and ice-cream social. Fireworks begin around 9 p.m.

According to a Glenwood Springs Post Independent staff report, Aspen events include a parade on Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by fireworks over Aspen Mountain at approximately 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. Glenwood Springs will not host a fireworks display this year.

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