Fourth of July Festivities Across the Valley
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Although the Western Slope, like other areas in Colorado, have decided to nix any fireworks displays from their Fourth of July celebrations, that doesn't mean the fun has to stop there.
Brave climbers will be raising an American flag at the top of Independence Monument, the tallest free standing rock formation in the Colorado National Monument.
The 101-year-old tradition was started by the park's founder, John Otto.
The climbing crews will raise the American flag between 10-11 a.m.
Organizers say the best places to view the flag raising are the Independence Monument overlook and Otto's Trail.
Rangers will also be handing out programs explaining the history of the tradition.
An Independence Day parade will take place at 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Junction.
It will start on Main and Eighth streets and make its way down to First Street.
The theme of this year's parade is "Celebrating our Independence." It's $25 to participate and there will be cash prizes awarded to the top three entries based on enthusiasm, appearance and relation to the theme.
Palisade will also be holding a Fourth of July parade on Main Street. It's free to join and all are welcome.
Participants should meet on Second and Main streets before 10:45 a.m. and the parade itself will start at 11 a.m., making its way down to Memorial Park.
An Independence Day celebration will take place in downtown Glenwood Springs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, clowns, magicians and face painting for the kids.
"America's Birthday Carnival" will be happening at Paepcke Park at 10 a.m.
At noon the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade will take place on Main Street.
Aspen Art Museum's annual Fourth of July Picnic will be happening at 1 p.m.
A free concert at the Benedict Music Tent will be held at 4 p.m.
The "Dancing in the Streets" party is from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Cooper Avenue Mall.