The Fourth of July is always a top summer highlight in Montrose as residents and visitors alike gather to celebrate Independence Day - and this summer will be no different.
Festivities kick off in the morning will the annual Fourth of July parade. Presented by The City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism, the Montrose Police Department, and the Lions Club, this celebration of all things USA sees fabulous floats, dance and drill teams, the Montrose High School NJROTC Color Guard, and the Montrose High School marching band parade through historic Montrose Downtown to celebrate the birth of a nation. The parade begins at 10am on the corner of Main Street and North Pythian Avenue and meanders its way to South Rio Grande Avenue. Don’t forget to arrive early to catch the MHS Choir sing the National Anthem at 9:50am on the corner of Cascade Avenue and Main Street.
After cheering along with fellow parade-goers, stick around downtown where a variety of activities, shopping and dining options await, including a Western Shoot Out at 10:30am and 10:45am on Uncompahgre Avenue. Following that, local singer and performer Donny Morales will entertain crowds on Cascade Avenue from 10:45am to noon followed by the band Cimarron who will perform from 2pm to 4pm.
When lunch time rolls around, you will find plenty of choices downtown, from authentic Italian-style pizza to Nepalese cuisine as well as local breweries, bars and coffee shops to quench your thirst. There will also be food trucks offering their wares including Buckhorn Coffee, Chee-Z Does It, Blue Ribbon BBQ, American Disaster Relief Tamales, and DeMar Ice Cream. And for folks 21 and over, head to the beer and wine garden where you will find local brews from Horsefly Brewing Company and fantastic local wines from Garrett Estate Cellars.
On top of drinking and dining options there will be a whole block of fun offerings for kids and adults alike including a mechanical bull, bounce houses, a jousting pit, human foosball, and an inflatable water obstacle course! Further up Main Street there will be all kinds of vendors including Epic Tattoo that will be offering creative henna tattoos as well as many more.
With a personal fireworks ban in place in Montrose County, be sure to wrap up a fun-filled day by watching the city-sponsored fireworks show over Sunset Mesa at dusk. The best viewing areas are in the immediate vicinity of the Baldridge Regional Park Complex, which includes Riverbottom, Sunset Mesa
and Cerise Park.
Come and celebrate Independence with us in Montrose Downtown.
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