While Independence Day may fall on a Wednesday this year, the towns of Grand County do not fall short on activities for you and the family! For those who prioritize fireworks, please be aware that many of the towns have cancelled or are tentative on fireworks shows based on safety concerns with the dry season.
Kick off the week of events by participating in the annual Renezvous Run for Independence on Saturday morning in Winter Park. This five-mile run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the Vintage Hotel and end with an after race celebration!
If you have little’s, make sure to take a break and go visit the Ice Cream Social at Cooper Creek Square. There will be music, face painting, balloon artists, a playgound, climbing boulders, and a bouncy house! The event is free and takes place from 1-4 pm.
You definitely don’t want to miss Winter Park’s official 4th of July celebration, Lance Gutersohn’s 4thh of July Celebration, will be held at Hideaway Park from 6-9 pm on Wednesday.
**Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the town of Winter Park has canceled this years fireworks display.
Outstanding Grand Lake, one of the state’s most historic resort towns, is a terrific locale to experience a memorable Independence Day.
Surrounded by the majestic Rockies and on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), with its western style boardwalk storefronts and saloons, this small town, on a grand lake, takes pride in its down home hospitality. Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake, draws locals, second home owners and tourists to play on its waters.
The famous Grand Lake Fireworks Extravaganza typically takes place at 10 pm on the lake front.
**The town is not sure on whether or not the show will be held this year and plans to make a formal decision Saturday afternoon.
Granby is best known for its family-friendly atmosphere. Centrally located in the County, sandwiched between Winter Park and Grand Lake it is a popular hub for the many activities in Grand County. A designated “Colorado Main Street”, cute retail shops dot the town and a variety of lodging is available from quaint motels to lodge rooms on the lake.
Not to be missed on Independence Day is the “biggest and best small town parade in Colorado”. The entire county comes out for the only parade in Grand County! The parade begins at 11:00 and is immediately followed by a party in Polhamus Park with vendors, kids games, a dunk tank, The ACME band, a beer garden and BBQ.
Make sure the family doesn’t miss out on the carnival being held at Granby Ranch! This event takes place from 1-4pm and will be filled with family carnival games, BBQ, and live music!
Come see why locals and tourists alike make the time on July 4th to be entertained by the patriotic parade in “the heart of something Grand” in Granby, CO.
The town plans to wrap up the evening with another Westernaires performance at Flying Heels Rodeo area.
**The town of Grand County is also not certain as to whether or not the annual fireworks will go on as planned.
The weekend following the Fourth of July will also feature special events in Fraser including the High County Stampede Rodeo, held at the John Work Arena just west of Fraser on County Road 73. The High County Stampede features bull riding, clown acts, mutton busting, barrel racing and roping among other events. The junior rodeo kicks off at 3 p.m. Barbecue will be served up starting at 4 p.m.
The festivities in the town of Kremmling will kick off Wednesday around 2 p.m., beginning with a free block party in the Town Square. The event will have a variety of food, games, face painting and a multitude of activities for the whole family.
**The Fire Up the Cliffs annual fireworks display is currently tentatively scheduled to begin “at dark,”. Please keep in mind this can change depending on current conditions.