Stars and Stripes Forever: Grand Valley July 4th events to celebrate our nation
To celebrate patriotism and the American dream (plus, a lil’ document called the Declaration of Independence), folks across the Grand Valley will be celebrating the Fourth of July this Thursday.
Don’t worry, there’s lots to do! Fireworks, parades, music and plenty of kids activities are planned across the Western Slope.
According to a Downtown Grand Junction news release, “The Downtown Grand Junction Independence Day Parade, sponsored by Credit Union of Colorado, is a Grand Junction tradition. In recent years, the Parade has taken place in the afternoon, but this year, the Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. to give attendees ample time for family activities and to attend the Downtown Farmers’ Market starting at 5 p.m.”
This year’s parade theme is “Land of the Free,” the news release said, “and business and community groups are invited to participate in the parade with floats and costumes.”
As of Thursday, June 27, the City of Grand Junction said they still planned to hold their holiday fireworks display. Even so, folks should check back as the week progresses to see if this event is canceled.
GJ’s Fourth of July Fireworks are currently planned for Suplizio Field. Gates will open at 7:15 p.m., with live music by Boogie Machine. The fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. General admission is $5 and premium seating is $10.
Folks are welcome to sit on the Lincoln Park grass area, too. There’s not a lot of parking — carpool and do your best to use mass transit where you can.
The 5th annual FREEdom Fest in Fruita is set for Wednesday, July 3, from 5-8 p.m. This free event boasts “food, music, games and other entertainment at Civic Center Park,” a news release said. There will be live music by local Fruita bands “including Lainey’s May and Hope Kings and a presentation by the VFW Honor Guard of the colors and descriptive understanding of how the flag is folded and meaning behind each fold.”
The City of Fruita also announced on Thursday, June 27, that it would be cancelling its fireworks display due to “extreme fire danger and local fire restrictions,” a news release said. “In place of fireworks, a free community barbecue and concert will be held July 4 at the Civic Center Pavilion Stage.”
“The City of Fruita will supply hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, ice cream, and root beer,” the news release continued. “The Centennial Band will be providing great patriotic entertainment. Food service begins at 6:30 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own beverages, along with a chair or blanket. Please leave all pets at home.”
A family friendly parade is scheduled in downtown Palisade July 4 in the morning, with food and games at Palisade Memorial Park afterward. The parade will start at 10 a.m., and folks should arrive by 9:30 to line up. Costumes are welcome!
COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
The American flag will be raised between 9:30-10:30 a.m. on July 4 at Independence Monument.
“Continuing a tradition (John) Otto started in 1911, Mesa County’s Technical Search and Rescue Team will climb Independence Monument on Independence Day to raise the American flag on its summit,” a Colorado National Monument (CNM) news release said. “Team members plan to ascend the monolith’s northwest face via the historic climbing route known as Otto’s Route. The ascent will begin following a flag presentation at the base of the rock formation in which Colorado National Monument Association will provide the Search and Rescue Team with a new American flag for this year’s flag-raising event.”
Monument officials suggest that folks view the climb from Independence Monument View and Otto’s Trail.
“Park rangers will be at Independence Monument View from 8:30-11 a.m., sharing stories about legendary John Otto, local geology and climbing history,” the news release added.
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