Celebrating the Fourth: A rundown of the festivities in Grand County over the next 10 days
Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year and as such the annual summer holiday is bookended by weekends with a long list of events scheduled for the next 10 days.
A week of special events in Grand County kicks off Saturday morning in Winter Park with the annual Rendezvous Run for Independence. The five-mile run/walk benefit for the Scott Hughes Foundation starts at 9 a.m. at the Vintage Hotel near Winter Park Resort rolls through Winter Park on the Fraser River Trail before ending at Rendezvous where an after race celebration is planned.
Winter Park’s official Independence Day festivities, Lance Gutersohn’s Fourth of July Celebration, will be held at the Rendezvous Event Center Wednesday night beginning at 6 p.m. Live music by Judd Hoos is set to begin at 7 p.m. The Independence Day fireworks display has been canceled this year due to safety concerns.
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The day after the Fourth, the annual Thursday night summer concert series at Rendezvous Event Center will continue with live musical performances by The Teskey Brothers.
The weekend following the Fourth, Hideaway Park will play host to the third annual Tequila and Tacos event from noon to 4 p.m. The food festival will feature live music from The Rick Lewis Project and Felix Y Los Gatos. For the first time ever, this year the event will also include a chili cook-off formally sanction by the International Chili Society.
Independence Day events in Grand Lake get underway early on the Fourth with the Grand Lake Rotary Club’s 44th consecutive pancake breakfast in the Grand Lake Town Park. Rotary members will start serving up pancakes beginning at 7 a.m. The event is scheduled to run until 11 a.m.
Right now, the fate of this year’s famous fire works extravaganza over Grand Lake is uncertain. The Grand Lake town board will convene in a special meeting Saturday afternoon to make a formal decision.
Granby has a busy schedule of events planned for the next week. Rodeo action will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Flying Heels Rodeo Arena south of Granby and continue Tuesday evening. The Westernaires will perform in the arena Tuesday night.
Granby’s first annual Family Bicycle Parade will roll through town Tuesday morning starting at 11 a.m. at the Granby Chamber Visitor Center. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles. A trophy will go to the best bike.
The town’s popular Fourth of July Parade will be held during the morning. Participants must check in no later than 10:30 a.m. to be included in the parade lineup. Immediately after finishing the Fourth of July Parade, Granby will hold Fourth Fest at Polhamus Park just west of Granby Town Hall.
Fourth of July in Granby is scheduled to wrap up Wednesday night with another Westernaires performance at Flying Heels Rodeo area. As with the other fireworks displays in Grand County, it is not known if the annual fireworks in Granby at the arena will go on as planned. Grand County commissioners will meet Monday to make a formal decision, according to Granby Chamber Director Jessica Blair.
The weekend following Independence Day will also feature an event, a pancake breakfast at Emily Warner Aviation Museum at the Granby Airport.
Holiday events in the town of Fraser kick off early Saturday morning with the annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast put on by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club. The pancake breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Run for Independence and will be held at Grand Park in Fraser. Lions Club members will start dishing up pancakes starting at 7:30 a.m.
The following day, July 1, the Lions will host their annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Lions Fishing Ponds just east of Safeway in Fraser along Highway 40. Registration for the fun family event opens at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. The event features lunch. Young anglers also have the opportunity to win prizes.
Fraser’s Picnic in the Park summer music series will continue Tuesday night with performances by Hunker Down. The event is held in Old Schoolhouse Park.
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.
Fourth of July festivities in Kremmling kick off Wednesday around 2 p.m. with the start of the free block party in Kremmling Town Square. The event features free food, games, face painting and many different activities from water gun and water balloon fights to a cornhole tournament. Live music by Caitlyn Taussig will begin at 6 p.m. the Fire Up the Cliffs annual July 4 fireworks display is tentatively scheduled to begin “at dark,” usually sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. but that, too, could change.
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