Fourth of July festivities draw crowd to Victory Way, City Park |

Fourth of July festivities draw crowd to Victory Way, City Park

Evening fireworks provide dazzling show to celebrate American independence

Patrick Kelly

Moffat County’s 4-H kids trot their way through town during the sixth annual Fourth of July Parade on Monday.
Patrick Kelly

In Moffat County, and across the nation, the Fourth of July represents heritage, pride and freedom.

To celebrate the ideals that make our United States of America unique, the community turned out in droves for festivities on the nation’s 240th birthday.

“It’s a tradition — a proud tradition.” said Johnny Garcia, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Garcia helped create Craig’s Fourth of July Parade six years ago and said he appreciates how the community has supported the event by coming out to take pride in the nation’s independence.

“It’s the proudest moment you could ever think of,” he said.

Parade floats, antique cars, fire trucks, horses, four-wheelers, an antique tractor and more began lining up at Veterans Memorial Park around 10 a.m. and by 11 a.m. the procession was marching down Victory Way toward Ledford Street.

Crowds of people lined the sidewalks, mostly sticking to shady spots, to watch the spectacle.

Lorrie Butler, known as “the ice cream lady,” was at the park to take her spot in the parade and hand out ice cream to veterans later on in the day.

“Every time when I gave the free ice cream and shook their hands, tears came out my eyes,” she said.

Butler has three nephews who are currently serving in the U.S. Military and one nephew who retired from his military career after serving in Kuwait.

“I’m just real patriotic,” she said. “I love America.”

Monday night saw an additional display of national spirit with the Craig Fire/Rescue fireworks display, funded by the fire department, city and county.

Craig Mayor Ray Beck said on patriotic holidays, such as the Fourth, it is important to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces.

“It’s not about us, it’s not about the elected officials, it is about our veterans who serve this country,” he said. “We need to honor them and we appreciate the veterans supporting this parade.”

As the parade completed its route, the crowd headed to City Park for a community barbecue where volunteers were waiting with hot dogs, hamburgers and other refreshments.

Garcia, who helped run the show, said he was more than happy to help Craig celebrate its Fourth of July.

“It feels good to serve the community,” he said.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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