This year we don't get a Fourth of July weekend, but there are plenty of things happening on July 3 and 4 to help us celebrate.

Of course, it's disappointing the annual fireworks display at Snooks Bottom in Fruita had to be canceled, but we fully understand why. But, don't let that dampen your patriotic spirit. There are plenty of excellent ways to celebrate our independence and to have a good time during the holiday.

There's probably more, but here are at least 10 fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Western Colorado.

  • 1

    Grand Junction Fireworks

    July 4

    Even though there is a ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Grand Junction, the community will still get to enjoy the annual display at Suplizio Field following the GJ Rockies game with Ogden. If you want to see the fireworks from inside the stadium,  you will need to buy a ticket to the game.

    By the way, game time is 6:00pm!

  • 2

    Delta Fireworks

    July 4

    The city of Delta is also dealing with fireworks bans, but the city celebration will go on as planned. The annual fireworks display will be held at Confluence Park when the sun goes down and it's always spectacular,  so a drive to Delta is not a bad idea.

  • 3

    Lincoln Park Swimming Pool

    July 4

    It's an annual tradition at the Grand Junction swimming pool - a special admission price on the Fourth of July. This year, the admission is just $2.40 for all ages, and that includes the water slide. It's a fun way to cool down on a hot summer day. Hours are 11am- 7:30pm

  • 4

    Colorado National Monument Events

    July 4

    At the Colorado National Monument, you can take advantage of three different programs that are free with your paid entrance to the park on July 4.

    Canyon Rim Walk.....8:30am-10:30am
    Meet at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center and enjoy a one-mile hike along the Canyon Rim Trail.

    Monument Rocks.....10am-11am
    Meet at the Independence Monument Viewpoint to learn about the formation of Independence Monument and other interesting geologic aspects of Monument Canyon.

    Up Close and Personal  2:00pm-3:00pm Meet at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center with a ranger on the back porch to learn about the monument including geology, history, wildlife, and paleontology.

  • 5

    4th of July Parade

    July 4

    Main Street in downtown Grand Junction is the site of the annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10am. It's a great time to come together as a community to celebrate and enjoy a wonderful patriotic feeling.

  • 6

    USAF Academy Band Concert

    July 3

    There is nothing like a rousing patriotic band concert to get you into the spirit of the occasion, and who better than the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band. They will be performing a free concert at the Amphitheatre at Las Colonias Park at 7:00pm.

    Did I mention admission is FREE? And remember this is on July 3 not July 4.

  • 7

    Watermelon Feed

    July 4

    If you love watermelon, you'll enjoy eating free watermelon at Lutheran Church and School of Messiah starting at 4:00pm. The water is free and the watermelon is cold. It's also conveniently located right across the street from Lincoln Park.

  • 8

    Farm and Ranch Market

    July 4

    There's nothing more American than our American farmers and you can pick up some delicious produce at the Farm and Ranch Market at Cross Orchards Historic Site. It actually happens every Wednesday during the summer from 7:30am-NOON.

  • 9

    Palisade Celebration

    July 4

    Head to Palisade and enjoy the parade at 10:30am and then live music by the St. Mary's Academy Boys Choir, free ice cream, and games.

  • 10

    Grand Mesa Byway

    July 4

    What better way to enjoy the "spacious skies" and "purple mountain majesties" than a drive over the Grand Mesa Byway. Of course, you can do this anytime, but this a great time to take in the beauty, enjoy some cooler temperatures, and maybe a picnic lunch.

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