Local Fourth of July Festivities
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - If you plan to stick around town this Independence Day, don't worry there are fun activities in store!
Independence Day in Grand Junction is kicking off with a parade on Main Street at 10 a .m. Thursday.
The theme of this year's parade is "Land of the Free." Businesses and community members have been working hard to get their floats ready for the parade. The public is welcome to attend as spectators for free.
Later Thursday evening, the Farmer's Market will be hosting a Fourth of July theme in the evening starting at 5 p.m.
Don't forget that because it is a holiday, there is free meter parking in Downtown Grand Junction all day!
Also, don't miss the City of Grand Junction's fireworks show at Suplizio Field, which starts at 8 p.m.
Although the City of Fruita has chosen to not move forward with their professional fireworks show, they'll still be celebrating with a free barbecue and a concert on July 4th.
The barbecue starts at 6:30 p.m. with hamburgers, hot dogs and root beer floats. That's followed by a performance from the Centennial Band starting at 7:30 p.m. Both events take place at Fruita Civic Center Park.
A separate free event taking place in Fruita on Wednesday night is Freedom Fest 2013. Members of the Fruita Christian Church, who organize the annual event, say last year's festivities attracted about 800 people.
Wednesday's event will feature live entertainment and lots of food. Activities include a watermelon eating contest, bump-and-jump slide, face painting, and the opportunity to write messages to our troops. It's happening at Fruita Civic Center Park from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Local government and state offices will be closed for July 4. There will also be no trash collection, that will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.