Grand Lake pulls out all the stops for its fireworks show
July 3, 2008
Those looking for Fourth of July action this weekend wont be disappointed in Grand Lake, as thousands of tourists and locals flock to the town to view the fireworks display.Its a lot of fun probably the best time of the year, said Amy Divincentis of Granby. Each year Divincentis, 18, watches the fireworks from a boat with friends on Grand Lake. A La Mode Salon & Day Spa owner Annette Rayfeild plans on watching the display with family members on their boat.The fireworks are amazing, she said. I love it. A lot of my friends from Denver come too. The bars are fun.By 4 p.m. Thursday, bar and restaurant employees said they were already experiencing the start of the holiday rush. Were really busy, thats why its not the best time to talk right now, said a Pancho & Leftys employee.Ive got a line halfway out the door, said Ken Jensen, owner of Grand Lake Wine & Spirits.Fourth of July is our busiest day of the year, said Brad Taylor, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director. It is the largest display in the state Its Grand Lake at its best.All the towns campsites and hotels are booked.People that have rooms probably booked them several months in advance, Taylor noted.People not staying in Grand Lake for the weekend should expect traffic delays after the show, he said. The Grand Lake Fireworks Committee will present its annual Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:45 p.m. over the lake.Grand Lake Fireworks Committee Chairwoman and Treasurer Doris Braun said she is proud of the display and said it is probably the largest one in a mountain community. It attracts up to 35,000 people, she said.The display has been staged for more than 30 years, and Braun has been involved with it for more than 10 years. The committee will send $28,000 to $30,000 worth of fireworks skyward tonight.Braun said many people come to the town because it is a great show and well-known. Popular spots to watch the display include the beach and near Grand Lake Lounge.They watch from wherever they can see them, she added. Music also is played from Friday afternoon to about 11 p.m.We have a disco set up on the beach, Braun said. People are always really excited, she added. Theyre happy to be here and see the show.