Freedom rings throughout Craig during the 4th of July |

Freedom rings throughout Craig during the 4th of July

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Fireworks lit up the sky for the 2013 Fourth of July celebrations. County and the city of Craig spent about $8,000 to put on the show, but they can't spend that money for the 2014 Independence day.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

It’s the third consecutive year that Craig’s Fourth of July parade marched down Victory Way, giving the community an eyeful of independence celebration.

Freedom rang throughout the city as a community marching band, various floats and fire trucks slowly rolled down the road.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW hosted the parade. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Mark Wick, from the VFW. “This is why we do what we do. We’re giving back to our community.”

For six weeks before the parade, John Bolton and roughly 30 other Craig residents met weekly to form the Fourth of July Parade Band, which performed various American pride songs as they marched down Victory Way. People held their right hands over their hearts as the band marched by.

“This is how it should be,” Bolton said. “I’m glad that the VFW and the city of Craig do this.”

The celebration was the best yet, according to various community members.

“The kids have fun,” said Justin Sadvar, who watched the parade with his wife, Whitney, and their children Rhiannon, 2, and Caiden, 4. “It means independence of our country and freedom.”

J.W. Snacks Bar & Grill owner Danny Griffith walked alongside parade floats dressed as Uncle Sam. He wore a tall hat, a blue suit with white stars sewed on it and walked around to paradegoers, shaking their hands.

Adults and kids on horses, antique cars and a float that featured the VFW added to the excitement of the parade.

Children ran up to parade floats as their occupants threw bags full of candy into the crowd.

After the parade, a community barbecue took place, and hundreds of Craig residents gathered for food, good conversation and American camaraderie.

And despite recent fire restrictions enacted by Moffat County and the Bureau of Land Management, the city of Craig got to enjoy a fully loaded fireworks display set off near Moffat County High School.

The city and Moffat County invested about $8,000 into this year’s fireworks show, which was a nice way for the community to end the Fourth of July.

Last year, Craig didn’t have fireworks because of stricter fire bans.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or

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