FIRESTONE — Even though your calendar is probably already marked, there’s plenty to keep track of following the announcement of Firestone’s 12th annual Fourth of July celebration.
Fireworks, a parade, food, music and fun will all be a part of a full day of events on Friday, July 4.
Organizers announced last month the festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with the American Legion Auxiliary’s traditional pancake breakfast lasting until 11 a.m. Then at 8 a.m., the Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District will sponsor the Firecracker 5k that will take runners through a tour of the Carbon Valley communities.
Runners can register online at www.recdistrict.com or in person at the Recreation Center, 701 Fifth St. in Frederick. Race-day registration will also be available from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will weave its way from Thunder Valley K-8 through Historic Firestone to Miners Park for the celebration. Attendees will see classic cars, floats, horses, honor guard and other unique vehicles in the parade.
The main event will include live music, vendors, food and fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Miners Park, 226 Grant Ave. in Firestone. Event attendees can expect to find a variety of vendors set up along Grant Avenue to visit throughout the day, including a showcase of business, children, nonprofit and art vendors. Attendees can enjoy delicious food items, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, inflatable jumps, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, caricature artist, balloon twisting, mini golf and games.
In addition, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which is the official fireworks sponsor, will be providing free wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for attendees.
A Classic Car Show will feature various classic cars, hot rods and trucks that can be viewed in detail by festival attendees. The car show will be lined on the Firestone Trail along Colorado Boulevard, marking a grand entrance to the festivities.
At noon, join the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Color Guard in the presentation of colors, veteran’s recognition, the singing of the national anthem, and parade and car show awards.
Outstanding live entertainment throughout the day will include a fresh twist on bluegrass by Party of Peasants, the Celtic Irish sounds from The Indulgers and high-energy country music by the Triple Nickel Band. Festival attendees will also be able to come back out to the park in the evening for a headlining concert in the park with Santana tribute band Soul Sacrifice before the night sky is lit with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. over Saddleback Golf Club.
The vendor, parade and car show deadline is Friday, June 6. For more information on getting involved with the events, www.ci.firestone.co.us/4atFirestone or call 303-833-3291.