Telluride’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with an Honor Guard ceremony at 10:40 a.m. with the Fourth of July Parade starting at 11 a.m. (Parade staging will begin at 10 a.m. between Aspen and Davis streets.)
“Telluride’s parade is unique on several fronts,” says Susan McKinney, director of the Fourth of July Parade Committee. “Everybody is invited to participate in it, we don’t charge anybody to be in the parade and those who enter it are always creative, outrageous and funny. It’s always a joy to see what they come up with, whether it’s kids on bikes, dogs or the groups in town who get together and put together a whole production.
“I really look forward to it every year.”
The parade committee has selected longtime Telluride residents and community activists Nick and Lyla Kirsch as this year’s honorary parade marshals.
“They have been active in the community for a very long time,” McKinney says. “They are involved in just about everything and we wanted to recognize them for all of their support.”
The parade will start with the sounding of the first fire truck’s siren. Then the state’s finest pilots, the Colorado Air National Guard, will grace Telluride’s box canyon with a flyover salute to America, including participation by a local 1943 trainer pilot.
After an eventful parade, the community is invited to Town Park where, in a joint effort by the Telluride and Placerville volunteer fire departments, a Fireman’s Barbecue will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The parade awards presentation will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Town Park, followed by kids’ games at 2 p.m.
Don’t miss root beer floats and free entry into the Telluride Historical Museum from noon to 5 p.m. – a perennial favorite for local and visiting families. (A $5 float donation is suggested.)
Finally, the celebration in Telluride will culminate in an always-spectacular fireworks display in Town Park at dark. Grab a comfortable spot in Town Park, lay back and watch the show directly overhead in the spectacular amphitheater that is Telluride.
Happy Fourth of July!
Norwood/Nucla Celebrate One-Day Early
WEST END – Telluride’s neighboring communities of Norwood and Nucla will host Independence Day festivities on July 3.
In Norwood, the Old Country Meets the New World-themed parade will take place Saturday morning on Summit St., featuring decorated kids, antique cars, floats, bicycles, motorcycles, music and more. Parade participants should line up in front of the Pig Palace at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds at 9:15 a.m. At 10 a.m. the parade will travel east to Mesa St. and back.
Other activities will include a visit from Smoky Bear and the always-popular street hose down by the Norwood Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call Kristina Stellhorn at 970/428-4028 or Bob McKeever at 327-4354.
Further west, Nucla celebrates its annual Water Days on July 3, beginning with a Nucla/Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. This year’s parade, themed “Nucla – Where the Past Meets the Future,” will begin at 11 a.m., followed by games, music, vendors, fire department water fights, and food in Nucla Town Park. The evening will culminate in a fireworks display and outdoor dance.
For more information or to register as a participant, call Christina Pierce at 970/864-7455.