Glenwood, area towns set for Independence Day festivities
Glenwood Springs is set to party today for its second annual Independence Day celebration. The event will include a morning fun run and Air Force F-16 flyover, and an evening of picnicking, games, patriotic music and a fireworks display in Two Rivers Park.
Daytime celebrations are also planned in Carbondale and Redstone, and Apple Tree Park at New Castle will hold its annual community celebration, open to the public, starting at noon and concluding with fireworks after dark.
In Glenwood Springs, the day starts with the Lion’s Club Firecracker 4K and 1/2-mile fun run for kids at 8 a.m. in Two Rivers Park. Registration is $25 on the day of the race starting at 7.
The race will be followed by patriotic activities downtown and numerous business promotions. At 10:45 a.m., two F-16 U.S. Air Force jets are scheduled to fly over Glenwood as part of the festivities.
Then, from 5-10 p.m. in Two Rivers Park there will be live music from Mannequin the Band, family games and contests, and food from several local and nonprofit vendors. Symphony in the Valley takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by a low-altitude fireworks show at 9:20 p.m.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs will be providing a shuttle starting at 4:45 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs High School parking lot. The shuttle will drop people off on Seventh Street for the walk over to Two Rivers Park.
Taking the shuttle, walking from one of the downtown parking lots or biking are strongly encouraged as parking near Two Rivers Park is limited.
Carbondale hosts its annual Boogie in Bonedale celebration, starting with the 39th annual kids parade at 10:30 a.m. That will be followed by free watermelon and ice cream, kids games and live music in Sopris Park.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a pool party at the John M. Fleet Pool, including a watermelon swim relay at noon, a coin hunt dive at 12:30 and a cardboard canoe race at 1 p.m.
Redstone also has its annual celebration, beginning with the Redstone Community Church pie sale at 10 a.m. in Redstone Park and bike decorating for the parade at 11.
The parade gets underway at noon on Redstone Boulevard, followed by kids water games sponsored by the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District next to the Crystal Club Cafe at 1. The annual Ducky Derby fundraiser starts at 2:30 p.m.
Apple Tree Park, located at 5033 Garfield County Road 335 across the Colorado River from New Castle, hosts the 41st annual Freedom Celebration beginning at noon with a flag-raising ceremony and an afternoon of family games. The entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with Feeding Giants, followed by Stray Grass at 6:30 p.m. and Christian music artist Danny Oertli at 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
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