Craig James Blevins is a longtime Craig resident whose birth came months after the official end of the Second World War.
"The gun barrels were hardly cooled when I was born," he said.
Bodie and Jordan Gray, 12 and 14, respectively, are siblings who recently moved to Craig.
This year, they are three out of 304 million people living in the U.S. this Fourth of July, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
All three have their opinions on what the Fourth of July means to them.
Blevins' perception of the country was partially shaped by repercussion of a conflict that ended before his life began.
"Several of my classmates did not have fathers because they were killed in the war," he said.
"That had a big impact," Blevins said. "Some of them were growing up without their fathers because (their fathers) died trying to defend this country."
Tears came to his eyes as he spoke.
Independence Day evokes strong emotions for Blevins, and not all of them are positive ones.
"Mostly, I get very angry because of how different the U.S. is from what it should be," he said.
Blevins said he disagrees with the opinion that the Iraq war was a liberating operation.
"We didn't liberate Iraq," he said. "We subjugated it to our own occupation."
Blevins said that as a child, he used to observe the holiday with his family, through picnics and watching fireworks displays.
However, he doesn't plan to continue that childhood tradition this year.
"I'm not much into the holidays at all," he said.
Blevins doesn't plan to use the holiday as a reason for taking a respite today.
"I'll probably stay open," he said. "I don't know if I'll have any customers, but I'll probably stay open."
Bodie and Jordan, however, have a different perception of the holiday.
Their family has followed their father as he's traveled across the country, taking jobs as a construction worker, they said.
The duo, who have lived in Craig a total of six days, said they've celebrated past Independence Days in five states - South Carolina, Vermont, Texas, Utah and New Mexico.
Colorado makes number six.
When asked what the Fourth of July means to him, Bodie paused.
"I don't know," he said. "Never thought about it."
His older sister came to his aid.
"I think Fourth of July is when we celebrate our independence from England," she said in a smooth Texas drawl - a throwback to their last state of residence.
"Fourth of July is when you can celebrate being" an American, she said.
The title of being an American isn't limited to one type of person, Jordan said.
"Lots of people have come over here from different countries," she said. "And, (being) American is not just because you're born and raised in this place."
Jordan said the Iraq war hasn't dampened the pride she has in her country.
"I'm proud that America would step up for everybody," she said. "I really don't know what's going on in the war, but I know everybody wants their troops home."