Rifle starts July 4 early | PostIndependent.com

Rifle starts July 4 early

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

RIFLE ” If you’re looking for something to do this long Fourth of July weekend, Rifle is the place to be.

The annual fireworks display on Monday promises to be bigger and better than ever, as the city combines the Independence Day holiday with its yearlong celebration of Rifle’s centennial.

Bring out your lawn chairs and prepare for nearly two hours of colorful booms and bangs as the Rifle Fire Department puts on a show that some fireworks pros are saying will be the largest on the Western Slope.

“The city doubled its money for fireworks this year so it could be extra special,” said Rifle mayor pro tem Judy Builteman.

The display will begin at dusk ” around 8:30 p.m. ” and should be visible throughout the city.

“It’s going to be an awesome fireworks display,” Connie Guerrete, administrative assistant for the Rifle Fire Department, said.

But the fun begins even before the July 4 holiday.

On Saturday, a host of activities will take place throughout the city on Third Street, and at Rifle Middle School and Heinze Park.

Check out a variety of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and motorcycles at the centennial’s auto show, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Third Street and at Rifle Middle School on Railroad Avenue.

A vintage fashion show will begin at 10 a.m. on Third Street, accompanied by music and volunteer models from the Rifle Senior Center.

Kids are invited to participate in the Children’s Bicycle Parade, which will march at 10 a.m. from the Rifle City Hall parking lot up Railroad Avenue to Heinze Park, where they will be rewarded with ribbons and games.

And if you’re still not done, dance to the DJ music of Boogie Down Light and Sound Inc. at a street dance on Third Street from 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information on activities happening in Rifle over the Fourth of July weekend, call Susan McKeon, events coordinator for the Rifle Centennial, at 625-6256. You can also grab a copy of The Citizen Telegram or check out the Telegram’s Web site at http://www.citizentelegram.com.

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