Fourth of July returns to Southwest Colorado, sans drought

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Fourth of July returns to Southwest Colorado, sans drought

Multiple firework displays scheduled throughout region
Gilbert Archuleta, chief of Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority, walks Tuesday through some of the about 1,800 firework shells that will launch above town on July Fourth. The firework show, which lasts about 30 minutes, costs $28,500 this year. The money is raised by the Fourth of July Committee, and 27 firefighters donate their time to put on the show.
Gilbert Archuleta, chief of Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority, walks Tuesday through some of the about 1,800 fireworks shells that will launch above town on July Fourth. The show, which lasts about 30 minutes, costs $28,500 this year. The money is raised by the Fourth of July Committee.

Fourth of July returns to Southwest Colorado, sans drought

Gilbert Archuleta, chief of Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority, walks Tuesday through some of the about 1,800 firework shells that will launch above town on July Fourth. The firework show, which lasts about 30 minutes, costs $28,500 this year. The money is raised by the Fourth of July Committee, and 27 firefighters donate their time to put on the show.
Gilbert Archuleta, chief of Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority, walks Tuesday through some of the about 1,800 fireworks shells that will launch above town on July Fourth. The show, which lasts about 30 minutes, costs $28,500 this year. The money is raised by the Fourth of July Committee.
Fourth of July events

All events will take place Thursday, the Fourth of July, unless otherwise noted.

DurangoRotary Park

7:30-11:30 a.m., 12th annual Rotary All-American Gourmet Breakfast. Full breakfast and coffee. Cocktails an additional cost. Live patriotic music and readings. Proceeds benefit nonprofit/Rotary programs. $12/$6 at the door, $10/$5 in advance. Ages 4 and younger attend for free. Details: 946-4856 or 749-3295.



9 a.m., Freedom 5K. Run, walk or stroll on the Animas River Trail. Ends at Rotary Park. Register from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.



9:15-10:45 a.m., Free concert with Southwest Civic Winds. Readings from Fort Lewis College American Voices.



Buckley Park

Noon-4:30 p.m., Independence Day Party. Beer from Steamworks and Ska, food provided by the Elks Lodge and live music by The Devin Scott Ukulele Band and The Pete Giuliani Band. Kids activities.



Downtown Events

6 to 6:45 p.m., Stars and Stripes Parade. College Drive to 13th Street.



7-9 p.m., Independence Day dance, transit parking lot. Live entertainment by The High Rollers, Ska Brewing beer garden, food and kids activities.



9:15 p.m., City fireworks display. Details about city events: www.durangogov.org/4thofJuly.



Fort Lewis College

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Fourth at the Fort celebration, Fort Lewis College Chapel Lawn, Rim Drive. Live music by Liver Down the River, food and beer. Free. Rim Drive closed from 7 to 10 p.m. Details: bit.ly/31bTviD.



Bayfield

10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 113th annual Fourth of July Celebration, Joe Stephenson Park. Parking and shuttle service at Bayfield Church of Christ, LDS Church and Bayfield Primary School. Handicap parking at Bayfield Town Hall. Details: www.ourbayfieldparks.org/events.



7-10 a.m., Bayfield Lions Club pancake breakfast.



8 a.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church pie and craft sale.



10 a.m., Fourth of July parade, Joe Stephenson Park. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, information booths and kids activities.



11 a.m.-5 p.m., Pine River Rotary beer tent.



Noon, Serrano’s Annual Horseshoe Tournament, Eagle Park.



1 p.m., Corn Hole Tournament.



Dusk, Bayfield Fireworks show, Joe Stephenson Park.



Vallecito LakeWednesday

6-9:30 p.m., Laser at the Lake show, behind the Vallecito Community Event Center. Food vendors and live music by The Wild Country Band. Laser show begins at 9 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets.



6-10 p.m., DJ Spark Madden, back garden of The Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Rendezvous Bar, 17460 County Road 501. Inside reservations required. Bring a chair or blanket for outside seating. Food and drink service available on-site. No cover charge. No pets.



Friday

6-9 p.m., Live music with Dave Mensch, The Rusty Shovel Saloon, 18044 County Road 501.



Saturday

5-9 p.m., Vallecito Community Summer Party at the Vallecito Community Event Center. Live music with The Garrett Young Collective, barbecue, beer, wine and business showcase. Tickets $15 per adult (includes two drink tickets), kids 12 and younger $10. Details: email Meghann Lynn at info@vallecitocommunityeventcenter.com.



Sunday

1-5 p.m., Live Music with “Void Where Prohibited,” The Rusty Shovel on the deck.



Silverton

8 a.m. , Silverton Fourth of July Celebration, Memorial Park, 1800 Greene St. Family friendly. Details: bit.ly/2ZAOLBe.



8 a.m., 2K, 5K and 10K Fun Run, Memorial Park.



10:30 a.m. , Fourth of July Parade, Greene and Blair streets. Floats, motorcycles and ATVs. Kids against fire department water fight.



Noon-4 p.m., Carnival in the Park and Brass Band Concert, Memorial Park. Live music, bounce house, human hamster balls, Last Frontier Wild West Village, carnival activities, food and more.



2 p.m., Duck Derby, Cement Creek. Prizes awarded.



6-10 p.m., Greene Street Block Party. Food, drink, live music and stage acts.



Dusk, Fireworks display. Set off near Shrine of the Mines on Anvil Mountain.



Purgatory

1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, July Fourth Weekend Summer Brew Festival, Purgatory Resort beach area. Live music, local breweries and family friendly. $18-25. Kids are free.



Telluride/Mountain VillageWednesday

1-5 p.m., Kids activities: carnival games, inflatables and face painting, Sunset Plaza.



1-5 p.m., Live music, Heritage Plaza.



2:30 p.m., Magic show, Sunset Plaza.



6-7 p.m., Live music with Lawrence, Sunset Concert Stage.



Thursday

8-10:30 a.m., The Rundola Foot Race, base of the gondola to the top of Lift 7.



11 a.m., Fourth of July parade, Main Street. Followed by firemen’s picnic in the park with games and events.



1-5 p.m., Kids activities: carnival games, inflatables and face painting, Sunset Plaza.



1-5 p.m., Live music, Heritage Plaza.



2-8:30 p.m., Live music with Claybrook Penn and Tom Nading, Joint Point and DJ Kat, Heritage Plaza.



2:30 p.m., Magic show, Sunset Plaza.



8:45 p.m., Movie: “The Sandlot,” Reflection Plaza.



After sunset, Fireworks show.

Rules for fireworks

Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes, and under Colorado law, not all fireworks are allowed for public use.

Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County, said there are not plans to impose fire restrictions seen in years past but reminded the public that use of many fireworks is prohibited.

Prohibited fireworks include firecrackers, rockets (including bottle rockets), Roman candles, cherry bombs, mortars and similar items, such as M-80s, according to Colorado law.

If it goes off the ground or goes “boom” it is prohibited, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal for the Durango Fire Protection District.

Some types of fireworks are allowed, according to La Plata County code, including toy caps, sparklers and smoke snakes.

Fireworks are not toys and can cause resource damage and personal injury. Nationwide, there are 18,500 fires started each year from fireworks. Hanks said 70% of injuries during fireworks season are among males ages 25 to 44.

Hanks reminded people to supervise children who are playing with sparklers or other legal fireworks, stay away from dry fuels and not follow fireworks inspiration videos online.

Benjamin Mandile

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