There are a variety of events in the area to celebrate Independence Day, and although fire restrictions are in place throughout the region, the fireworks shows had not been canceled as of Thursday. Officials said they will continue to monitor fire and weather conditions ahead of the Tuesday holiday.
Events kick off Saturday on Lake Vallecito, where the Vallecito Service League will host the 34th annual arts and crafts fair, a two-day event in the meadow below Vallecito Dam. Fireworks will occur Saturday night over Vallecito Dam.
Saturday also marks the beginning of Independents Week, a weeklong event to celebrate local businesses in La Plata County. A passport challenge will be a part of the celebration. Community members will get their passport stamped every time they spend more than $5 at a local business during the week, with a chance to win a $200 cash prize.
Local events for July Fourth include:
7:30-11 a.m.: All-American breakfast at Rotary Park.
9 a.m.: 5K fun run/walk at Rotary Park. Registration closes at 8:45 a.m.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: “American Voices: What it Means to be an American,” presented by Fort Lewis College at Buckley Park. Music by Southwest Civic Winds.
12-4 p.m.: Family barbecue at Durango Elks Lodge.
12-5 p.m.: Family picnic at Buckley Park. Food carts, readings of the nation’s founding documents and live music.
2-5:30 p.m.: Veterans of Foreign Wars barbecue at Rotary Park.
3 p.m.: Southwest Civic Winds free concert at Rotary Park. Jazz band at 3 p.m., concert band at 4 p.m.
6 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Parade on Main Avenue from College Drive to 12th Street.
7 p.m.: Street dance at 11th Street and Main Avenue (will occur immediately after parade).
9:15 p.m.: Durango fireworks show will begin at dusk and can be viewed from any location in town facing west.
Mild to Wild Rafting will host five river parades throughout the day, where participants dress up in costumes and float down the Animas River.
7-10 a.m.: Bayfield Lions Club pancake breakfast. $8 for adults, $4 for children.
8 a.m.: Calvary Presbyterian Church pie and craft sale.
8 a.m.: Firecracker 5K and family walk.
10 a.m.: Fourth of July Parade on Mill Street.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Fourth of July celebration at Joe Stephenson Park.
12 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament at Eagle Park.
1 p.m.: Corn hole tournament at Pine Valley Rotary Beer Tent.
2 p.m.: Duck race at Joe Stephenson Park.
7-9 p.m.: Music at Joe Stephenson Park, featuring Million Dollar Highway.
9 p.m.: Fireworks show at Joe Stephenson Park. Will start at dusk.
8-10 a.m.: Fourth of July fun run, begins at Memorial Park.
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Fourth of July Parade on Greene and Blair streets. Culminates with a giant water fight between fire department and kids.
12-4 p.m.: Carnival at Memorial Park. Silverton Brass Band Concert will perform.
2-3 p.m.: Rubber Duck Derby at Cement Creek.
6-9 p.m.: Blair Street Block Party, featuring The Tim Sullivan Band.
9-10 p.m.: Fireworks, set off near Shrine of the Mines.
7 a.m.: Cortez Burst Triathlon. Begins at City Park outdoor pool. Must register online by 7 p.m. July 3.
9 p.m.: Fireworks at Parque de Vida at dusk.
5-7 p.m.: Community Interdependence Day potluck, 200 East Grand Ave.
9 p.m.: Fireworks in Boyle Park at dusk.