This week’s Fourth of July activities are on track to end with a bang and will be taking place throughout the county.
While commercial firework displays are on track to take place, private fireworks are prohibited under the fire restrictions enacted by both the county and all of the municipalities within the county.
Besides the fireworks, there will numerous events taking place across the county including picnics, parades, and live music.
Winter Park and Fraser
The Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4, with family oriented fun activities, live music, and much more.
The community picnic will start at 4 p.m. and will continue until the fireworks are over after it gets dark. East Grand Fire protection District will be putting on the fireworks show for the event.
The event will feature kids activities, inflatable play houses for the kids, music by DJ Michael, and of course fireworks.
The weekend will hold even more fun activities with the First Friday Art Walk, Bike, or Drive, an opportunity to tour the numerous art galleries in Winter Park. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
Friday will also feature live music events starting at 4 p.m. with the Friday Music Series at Winter Park Resort, featuring music by Dixie Leadfoot at the Village Gazebo. When the Friday Music Series ends at 6 p.m. you can hop down to Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park for Music on the Mall to listen to Last Flight Out.
When Music on the Mall ends at 8 p.m., the Coca-Cola Family Movie Night begins at Winter Park Resort with “Rise of Guardians” being played on the lawn next to the Private Lessons Center.
The fun continues on Saturday with the Trestle Gravity Series bike races at Winter Park Resort. The races take place Saturday and Sunday with thousands in prize money up for grabs.
Get fueled up for a day of fun with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at Grand Park. Adults eat for $6, tickets for children age 6 to 12 are $4, and kids under 5 eat for free.
After putting away some pancakes you can join in the Grand Park Run for Independence at 9 a.m. to run or walk the five mile course that winds through Winter Park Resort, and down the Fraser River Trail through Winter Park and Fraser. Register for the race at prerace.com/races/event/45652/Run-4-Independence--Grand-Park-.
Get a taste for regional wines and cheeses at The Village Uncorked event at Winter Park Resort from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature local artists and regional wines and cheeses.
Catch some rodeo action at the High Country Stampede Rodeo in Fraser. The junior rodeo starts at 3 p.m. and the rodeo’s main event starts at 7 p.m.
To cap off the fun the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Winter Park Solshine Music Festival Weekend at Hideaway Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. This free show will feature Leftover Salmon and The Samples, two bands that are big names and must-sees in the bluegrass music scene.
The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce will put on the biggest small-town parade in Colorado on Thursday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m. This parade will feature a number of floats from organizations in the county and will wrap up with the Party in the Park at the Granby Town Park with games for the kids; hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips from the Rotary, and slices of pie from Showboat Catering.
Spots are still open in the parade if you would like to enter your own float. Visit granbychamber.com to download a entry form and rules, or stop by the Chamber for an application or to turn one in. This year’s theme is Under the Sea.
The Flying Heels Rodeo will be taking place in Granby at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with fireworks following the final day of the rodeo.
The 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be hosted by the Grand Lake Rotary on Thursday starting at 7 a.m. at the Louie Heckert Pavilion in the Town Square with all you can eat pancakes and sausage. The cost to attend is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 and older), and $5 for children (12 and under).
Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. for Grand Lake and a fundraiser to benefit next year’s fireworks and Grand Lake’s new mascot, Bruce the Grand Lake Moose, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Western Riviera Event Venue.
Only 110 tickets are being sold for the event, so stop by the Western Rivera Motel, Grand Escape Cottages, or Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Grand Lake to get your tickets early. Tickets to the event swing in at $40 a piece.
Snacks will be floating around with a traditional Fourth of July picnic, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, and watermelon, will start at 7:30 p.m.
A full bar will be open throughout the event and an ice cream bar will open at 9 p.m.
The Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Fire Up the Cliffs celebration starting at 6 p.m. at the Town Square. There will be barbeque pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad available for $10 a plate and homemade, all-American pie will be available for $3 a slice.
There will be live music for the celebration, so make sure to shine your dancing shoes up, and fireworks will be launched off the tops of the cliffs after it gets dark.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334