Although the summer fire ban this year prevented fireworks displays for 4th of July, patriots have another chance to celebrate in style during Constitution Week at Grand Lake.
Starting on Monday Sept. 17, Constitution Week plans to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with week-long events, culminating in a full day of activities on Saturday, Sept. 22.
On Monday and Tuesday, guest speaker Rob Natelson, a well-known constitutional scholar, will give speeches regarding the Constitution and the founding of America. Wednesday features a panel discussion with former Colorado State Representative Phil Pankey. On Friday a Constitutional Trivia Contest will allow teams to test their knowledge of the Constitution by answering three rounds of questions.
Saturday, Sept. 22, will kick off day-long celebrations including a Patriotic Parade on Grand Avenue, pie bake sale (complete with pie eating and pie throwing contests), constitution education and family fun activities in Town Park, and more. Keynote speaker Bill Hamilton will give a speech at 2 p.m., and at 8 p.m. the Forefather's Fireworks Extravaganza will light up the town.
"Fireworks may traditionally mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence," said Lisa Jenkins, executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, "but what better day than Constitution Day to mark the founding of our country and its organization?"
The town will also show its patriotic pride by flying the stars and stripes from just about every available window and lamppost. Spectators can expect to see more than 100 American flags decorating Grand Lake.
The signing of the Constitution is a historical event that doesn't get a lot of recognition, either statewide or nationally, but Grand Lake hopes to continue the tradition of Constitution Week into the future.
"I just think it's a great idea," Jenkins said. "It's a unique event for sure."