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Craig fired up for Fourth of July

Fireworks burst during the 2015 show provided by Craig Fire/Rescue. Independence Day events in Craig include the show at dusk, as well as the Fourth of July parade and community picnic earlier in the day.

The United States of America commemorates the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence this Monday, and Craig looks to make this year's celebration count.

Festivities for the USA's birthday include the sixth annual Fourth of July parade and community picnic, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday.

Entries in the parade will gather at Veteran's Memorial Park starting at 10 a.m., as a variety of patriotic floats, groups, individuals, the Moffat County High School marching band, Moffat County Thunder Cheer and more take to Victory Way to show their American spirit.

If you go

Sixth annual Fourth of July Parade

11 a.m. Monday

Victory Way

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— The route starts at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and runs through Ledford Street. A community picnic follows with awards for best floats and free food for everyone. People are asked to bring a dessert to share. For more information, call Johnny Garcia at 970-629-3345.

Fireworks show

Dusk, Monday

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— The show is free and will last about a half-hour.

Johnny Garcia has managed the parade for all six years and expects this year to be another great example of the energy that resides in Northwest Colorado.

"It feels as good now as it did in the beginning, we've got a great team here," he said.

As a veteran, the holiday is one of several that means a lot to Garcia, who also loves to see something bring everyone together in town even when camping is a popular option.

"There's a lot of people who don't have the money or don't want to go out of town due to campgrounds being (filled) up," he said. "I've seen people smile on the main street for the last five years, but what I really get a kick out of is watching the tribute people put on, taking their hats off and hands on their hearts. If you do that, you'll see joy throughout the world on veterans' faces."

The day's events, put on by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, American Legion Post 62 and the Ladies Auxiliary, continue with the picnic at noon back at the park, which will include awards for best parade floats.

Games and a money pit will be available for kids, while the spread includes burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and beverages free for everyone.

Organizers ask that people who attend bring a dessert to share.

At dusk, Craig residents will gather at Moffat County High School as the annual fireworks show commences.

The pyrotechnics spectacular, overseen by Craig Fire/Rescue, begins as soon as the sky begins to dark and should last about a half-hour.

Firefighter Kris Olsen is among the crew who ensure the display goes off safely each year. This year, the city and county each contributed $3,000 and the fire department $2,000 for the fireworks, he said. The resulting $8,000 bought 1,532 shells from Wyoming supplier Flying Phoenix for an exhibition that Olsen always enjoys.

"It's all different shapes and sizes," he said. "A lot of ours this year are USA-made, which is good."

The beloved, colorful tradition is one Olsen has engaged in all 11 years with Fire/Rescue, running things the past five.

"About half our show is hand-launched, the rest is electronic, and the hand-launched is pretty cool, I really enjoy that," he said. "It's a pretty good adrenaline rush."

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If you go

Sixth annual Fourth of July Parade

11 a.m. Monday

Victory Way

— The route starts at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and runs through Ledford Street. A community picnic follows with awards for best floats and free food for everyone. People are asked to bring a dessert to share. For more information, call Johnny Garcia at 970-629-3345.

Fireworks show

Dusk, Monday

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— The show is free and will last about a half-hour.