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Different fourths for different folks

Independence Day activities, meanings range from person to person

How people spend their July 4 holiday is as varied as they are. What the holiday means to each person is also something that differs from person to person.

Unlike many other communities, July 4 means one thing in Craig — fireworks. There is no community picnic, parade, music or dancing.

And some people are leaving Craig because of it.



Jason Rettmann will spend part of his long weekend in Meeker at the Range Call Rodeo, which boasts a mixture of events including a rodeo, pig roast and barn dance.

“It’s cool just because it’s the fourth,” he said. “You’ve got fireworks and a good time because everyone’s in a good mood.”



He’ll return today to spend time with friends.

Tara Jenrich will be leaving town, too, but for a very different reason. Her grandson’s second birthday was on Saturday, and she left for Fort Collins to celebrate an event she said she wouldn’t miss for anything.

She’ll be back today in time for long nap that likely will end just in time for the fireworks to begin. Her family usually catches the show from the Sandrocks.

But not all are heading out of town.

John Markovich came to Craig from Denver to spend the weekend with the friends he made in the six years he lived in Craig.

“There are some great people here,” he said. “I wish I’d never left, I really do.”

He plans to spend part of the long weekend fishing at Bear Lake on the Flat Tops outside of Meeker.

“The special thing about the fourth is that you get to be around the people you love and who are special.”

The weekend won’t be so special for Cheryl Talbot, who gets to work as a clerk at Dark Horse Discount Liquor Saturday night and Monday night.

She doesn’t mind.

“We can see the fireworks from there,” she said. “As long as I can see the fireworks, I don’t mind working.”

To her, the fourth is just another weekend. She used to spend it with her family, but this year, she hopes to get a day to go to Grand Junction and shop.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.


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