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Guest opinion: Glenwood is all set for a family Fourth

Kathryn Trauger

July Fourth: this beloved and highly celebrated tradition is just around the corner, and Glenwood is once again celebrating in grand style. After many years in which residents and visitors had to travel to nearby communities to observe this important date in our history, last year marked the resumption of our own festivities.

This year will be even better.

Thanks to a generous donation from our primary sponsor, FirstBank, Glenwood will have a fantastic, old-fashioned community party, complete with fireworks, games and music. Other sponsors, including Gould Construction, Mountain Chevrolet, The Hotel Denver/Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company and Stifel-Glenwood Springs, have worked to bring this fun family day to you. Generous donations from Village Inn, Swire Coca Cola, City Market and others will make this a day to remember.

There are five reasons why the show will go on in Glenwood and why you should join in the festivities:

  1. We are using low-proximity fireworks in a very controlled environment. Fire Chief Gary Tillotson has extensively researched and vetted the company, Western Enterprises, which will be providing a fantastic show. The best viewing will be in Two Rivers Park. You will want to be there for the fun, anyway.
  2. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been hard at work making sure conditions are perfect.
  3. The city’s Fire and Emergency Services are staged and ready to respond if an ember should go astray.
  4. Please don’t put our entire area at risk by setting off your own fireworks. Come and join us. Please do not bring fireworks, including sparklers, into the park.
  5. This will be a fantastic time and place to come together with family, friends and the community to enjoy great food, games and honor our heritage.

Here’s the schedule:

Firecracker 4K
The day starts with the Lions Club Firecracker 4K. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from Two Rivers Park.
Look up in the sky at exactly 10:45 a.m. The U.S. Air Force will be doing a low altitude fly-over honoring those who have served to win and keep our freedom. What a moving way to officially start our celebration. #AFFlyover
Shop and Play
During the day, shop with our local businesses, visit one of our hot springs, tour a cave or ride a roller coaster, take a raft trip or play a round of golf on the hill. But save some energy for later.
Fun in the Park
Things start heating up in Two Rivers Park at about 4 p.m. We will have a great food selection with Hakulia Shaved Ice, Windy City Eats, the Lions Club, Gandhi India’s Cuisine, Glenwood Valley Athletics, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub and El Kora Mexican Restaurant. The Army National Guard will have a military vehicle on display.
Music & Fireworks
Get comfy and settled to enjoy music with Mannequin the Band from 5 p.m. The Glenwood Springs High School ROTC Color Guard will have a flag ceremony and present the colors at 8 p.m. followed by the National Anthem, sung by Patricia Faler. We are honored to have the Symphony in the Valley present a patriotic concert and then … FIREWORKS … beginning at approximately 9:20.
Shuttle Service
Special thanks to Steve Beckley and the folks at Glenwood Adventure Park. They will be running a shuttle from the high school parking lot to Two Rivers Park beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Parking
This is a great time to start using alternative transportation in preparation for the Grand Avenue bridge closure. The city will have a monitored bike corral free of charge. Drop of your bike and you and your bike will receive a band.
After the festivities, come back, pick up your bike, staff will verify that you have the right bike, and off you go.
Please – no dogs.
Thanks to the City of Glenwood staff for taking this under their wing this year.
Special thanks to Olivia Carmichael for running the show this year and to Brian Smith, our new Parks and Rec Department director and the entire Parks and Rec Department for jumping in to make this happen.
Of course we couldn’t do this without Fire Chief Gary Tillotson and the entire fire and EMS crews as well as Police Chief Terry Wilson and the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
Long hours have and will go into making this a great event for Glenwood. My hat is off to you and all of our volunteers and sponsors.
Come and join us for a wonderful family July Fourth.
Kathryn Trauger is a Glenwood Springs City Council member.

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