After more than five years, the City of Glenwood Springs is reviving the town’s annual Fourth of July Celebration.
“It’s such a beautiful sight, and I love the community aspect of it,” said Glenwood Springs resident Kimberly Hendrie, who has lived here nearly 20 years. “It brings back childhood memories of getting the extended family together for fireworks, with a safer environment.”
Glenwood’s historic tradition will be reignited on July 4th, kicking off at 7 a.m. as runners bound into the Glenwood Springs Lions Club’s 4K FireKracker Run, starting at Two Rivers Park and running along the Rio Grande Trail.
The celebration is being planned for 3,000 community members, and the day’s activities will include a dunk tank, a bounce house, a cornhole tournament, a patriotic selfie-booth, face painting and, of course, a pie-eating contest! The evening’s activities include games, music and food, then a grand finale performance by Symphony in the Valley and a 20-minute fireworks show.
“The Fourth of July fireworks display, the music and vendors have always been a big social event for families in the Roaring Fork Valley,” commented Roaring Fork Lifestyle’s publisher Rick French, a long-time Glenwood Springs local. “A picnic with friends and family as our kids play in the park is socially one of the happiest days in the summer.”
The evening patriotic celebration begins at 4 p.m. with the National Anthem sung by Patricia Fahler, followed by classic games and crafts, sponsored by Bighorn Toyota, plus a community barbecue and live music. Courtesy of Glenwood Center for the Arts, local artists will teach face painting techniques to event-goers and host a kid’s craft table. In addition to Symphony in the Valley, a local band called The Missing Link and a five-person New Orleans Jazz Band will add to the day’s soundtrack.
“This is a way to stand by the city we love, support the community we love and honor the country we love,” said Stacey Novak of FirstBank, the Fourth of July Celebration’s presenting sponsor.
Multiple community organizations came together to put on the Fourth of July celebration. Gary Broetzman, Glenwood Springs Lion Club’s membership chairman says, “We’ve recruited the entire club to help out. We are so excited to bring back this event, and we have more than 15 volunteers assisting throughout the day.”
“This patriotic event is a way to thank the community for its support as the city undergoes this period of transition,” Glenwood Springs City Councilwoman Kathryn Trauger said. “With multiple construction projects underway, we thought this would be the perfect time to slow down and bring everyone together for an evening of fun to honor our country.”
Fireworks will be kept low-level to make sure that there won’t be any need to cancel due to fire season restrictions. However, because they will be launched at a low proximity, residents will need to be within Two River Park’s vicinity to watch the show. Event goers are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the park. Pets, smoking and glass products are not permitted in the park, and no alcohol will be served.
“I love the anticipation of the fireworks here in town,” said Glenwood resident Elizabeth Malloy. “It’s so festive as everyone waits for darkness, so magical when the fireworks begin, so happy as everyone makes their way home after, with many people walking and biking to get there.”
“I, personally, was thrilled to hear that the fireworks are back here where they belong. Get the lawn chairs and picnic baskets ready for a great day in Glenwood!” Rick French said.
For more information about the celebration, visit GWSCO.gov or call Kathleen Wanatowicz at 970.618.5114.