Travelers to increase
AAA Colorado expects Fourth of July traveling to increase
Over the Fourth of July holiday, the number of Americans in the mountain states, which includes Colorado, will increase 19.1 percent over 2009, AAA Colorado projects.
About 2.75 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles from their home.
Nationwide, 34.9 million Americans will be traveling between Thursday and Monday.
Of the 2.75 million people traveling in the mountain states, 2.43 million of them are expected to do so by driving. AAA expects that the average Colorado regular gasoline price will be between $2.60 and $2.70 per gallon. In 2008, the price was over $4.00 per gallon.
AAA Colorado cautions travelers that while it is a busy traveling period, the heat can test vehicles. They suggest that drivers make sure all regular vehicle services are kept up before traveling.
To help celebrate America’s independence for more than 200 years, Craig Fire/Rescue holds a grand display of fireworks on July 4 just south of Moffat County High School’s football field.
This year will be no different, battalion chief K.C. Hume said.
“People travel a lot during the holiday and come to Craig,” he said. “We just want to be able to give residents and their visitors a good show.”
Hume, also a lieutenant with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said the fireworks will start at dark and will last about 30 minutes.
The show will put on display many different types of fireworks, all which are aerial, Hume said.
“This year’s show should be pretty similar to past performances in the number of fireworks we will have,” he said. “But, the contents of the fireworks will vary.”
The show contains $8,000 worth of fireworks — $4,000 paid for by the City of Craig and the other $4,000 paid for by Moffat County.
The support and contributions of the two governments is not lost on Hume and his colleagues.
“Without their help, there probably wouldn’t be a show,” Hume said. “We really appreciate what they are able to do for the community during the holidays.”
As for the show, putting firefighters in charge of the fireworks is a “natural fit,” Hume said.
“It allows us to set up safety zones and fallout zones,” he said. “We want people to have fun, but be safe as well.”
Bureau of Land Management firefighters and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office wildland firefighters will help Craig Fire/Rescue in controlling any situations that may occur during the show.
While many people head up to the Sandrocks and the high school to watch the show, the fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere in Craig, Hume said, which brings up concerns for personal fireworks at homes.
“There are many state and city regulations that need to be followed for personal celebrations,” he said. “There are some fireworks that are permitted. But, basically, if it blows up or leaves the ground, it’s probably not legal.”
Cylindrical and cone fountains, ground spinners, sparklers, wheel fireworks, dipped sticks and illuminating torches are permitted in Craig.
Many nearby states do sell other fireworks, Hume said, but even possession of fireworks, other than the small ones, is illegal in Colorado.
“If people just stay inside the confines of the law, they will be OK,” he said. “We will have big fireworks for people to see.”