Celebrating the Fourth: A rundown of the festivities in Grand County
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, but will feature a “world-class” fireworks video presented on a jumbotron.
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.
This weekend will 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.
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.
While Grand Lake made the difficult decision to cancel fireworks this year, the town is planning “A Parade of Lights” to light up the night on the Fourth with lighted boats filling the lake, beginning at 9:45 p.m., along with a special screening of “Jaws” on a 173-inch HD screen at the Gene Stover Lakefront Park beginning at 7:45 p.m.
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. The annual fireworks display at the Flying Heels Rodeo in Granby has not been canceled, and will begin at dusk.
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 scheduled to begin “at dark,” usually sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
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