Dorothy Harmant, left, and Deena Ward watch the 2009 annual Craig Fire/Rescue fireworks display Saturday night from the top of their truck at Moffat County High School. The display lit up the sky for about 30 minutes in honor of Independence Day.

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Dorothy Harmant, left, and Deena Ward watch the 2009 annual Craig Fire/Rescue fireworks display Saturday night from the top of their truck at Moffat County High School. The display lit up the sky for about 30 minutes in honor of Independence Day.

Fourth of July display brings community together

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The 2009 Craig Fire/Rescue Fireworks Display

Highlight reel from the 2009 Fireworks display viewed from Moffat County High School.

Highlight reel from the 2009 Fireworks display viewed from Moffat County High School.

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A mother and daughter watch the 2009 fireworks display Saturday night from the MCHS lawn.

Craig residents Ed and Christine Jollie remember their first Fourth of July together in Colorado Springs. The two met while stationed together in the Air Force and married in 1987.

On Saturday night, the couple set up chairs and blankets to sit together with family and friends to enjoy another Independence Day.

"It's really about celebrating the freedoms we have," Ed said. "They were so hard fought for by a lot of people."

The Jollies joined hundreds of others gathered around Moffat County High School for the fireworks display, which began after 9 p.m.

As the display got under way, children shrieked and pointed as adults smiled up at the glowing sky, hugging blankets around themselves and others to protect against the cooling air.

The general consensus among the younger crowd was that the finale was the best part of the evening.

"I liked the last part," said Rylie Anderson, of Craig, "because it was really loud."

Her favorite fireworks were anything orange, while her older brother, Jeff Anderson, liked the loud noises.

"I like how they shake the ground when they go off," he said.

Nathan Hill, who will be a senior at MCHS, agreed that the finale was "really cool."

The Hill family set up chairs to watch the holiday display.

Lewis Hill, a Craig resident and father of four children, said his favorite part was the community feel.

"We're all here just to celebrate the Fourth with the rest of the community," he said. "It's great just to spend time with friends and family."

The display, which featured 750 rounds of fireworks set off by Craig Fire/Rescue, finished about 10 p.m.

Spectators filed back to their cars or homes, while celebrators at nearby houses continued setting off their own fireworks and sparklers.

"I'm just so glad we are able to do this," Ed said, gesturing at the groups of adults and children beginning to 'ooh' and 'ahh' as the display began. "People don't realize that in so many other countries, people don't have the right to speak out, they don't have the right to carry a gun and defend themselves.

"You can't take these freedoms for granted."

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