MONTROSE — Wave a flag, drink a beer or shop to celebrate our country’s independence through a slew of activities slated for July 3-5 in downtown Montrose.
On Thursday July 3, the Montrose Community Band takes the stage at Centennial Plaza, 7-8:30 p.m., while a Pie and Lemonade social is presented by Welcome Home Montrose.
On Friday, July 4, 8-10 a.m., a downtown breakfast takes place at participating downtown restaurants; at10 a.m., the annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. along Main Street. Prizes for best-decorated floats will be handed out. For information about entering the parade call the city’s tourism office at 970/240-1402.
Main Street is closed, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for “Kids in Motion,” featuring Fourth of July activities for kids and young adults, at various locations throughout downtown.
A hay-bale toss takes place, 2:30-7 p.m., with a pie eating contest at 3 p.m., bicycle poker at 3:30 p.m. (at 2 Rascals) and a performance pong bracket competition (on Uncompahgre Ave.,1-4 p.m.) is sponsored by Gold’s Gym and Sports Authority.
Retailer Fabula hosts a silicone cookware throwing contest, 12-1 p.m., with the Community Band taking the stage yet again, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the main stage on Uncompahgre Ave., followed by AJ and the Fullertones, 1-3:30 p.m. Two Rascals hosts a beer garden, 4-7 p.m., on Uncompahgre Ave., with the Northfork Flyers onstage.
Later that afternoon, the First Friday Art Stroll takes place, in many galleries on Main Street, 4-7 p.m. This exciting mix of shopping, art, dining, drinking and socializing in the heart of downtown features artist demonstrations, food and drink, music, games and opportunities to win great prizes.
After dusk, the Montrose Rotary Club shoots off its annual fireworks display from atop of Sunset Mesa. For best viewing, grab a blanket and set up at Sunset Mesa, Baldridge park, Cerise Park or McNeil Park.
The Montrose Rotary Club has been sponsoring the annual fireworks display each year for several decades. Club board member Brad Oberto said the club spent between $14,000 and $16,000 this year on fireworks.
On Saturday, July 5, grab fresh local produce and crafts at the Montrose Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street sparkles all day Saturday, with Music on Main, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with local musicians camped out on street corners. At 11 a.m. the Ute Indian Museum is hosting tours and activities.
From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Canyon Creek Bed & Breakfast, located at 820 Main Street, hosts Comedy Night, featuring touring comedians and a cash bar. Also at 8 p.m., the Stupid Band plays rock ‘n’ roll at the Turn of the Century Saloon, in a food drive for Sharing Ministries, so bring a nonperishable food item to share. Doors open at 8 p.m.; admission is $10. Call 970/209-1260 for more Stupid information.
On Sunday starting at 9 a.m. there will be a church service on the lawns of the Montrose Pavilion.