MONTROSE – Monday July 4 will be a full day of fun in Montrose, starting with a parade down Main Street, followed by a family celebration in Cerise Park and culminating with a huge fireworks display by the Montrose Rotary Club.
The parade, with more than 30 entries so far, starts at 11 a.m. on Monday, with the lineup of floats to begin at 9 a.m. on North Nevada Avenue. The parade is sponsored by the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism and organized by the Montrose Lions Club. Prizes will be given for Best Patriotic Theme, Best Promotion of the City, Most Creative and Best Overall.
It’s not too late to be a part of the parade – the entry deadline is tomorrow, July 1 – and entry forms can be downloaded from the website of the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism at www.montroseact.com or picked up at the office at 1519 East Main Street. The parade starts at Stough Ave. and travels to downtown Montrose on East Main St.
After the parade, at noon, the celebration of Independence Day moves to Cerise Park with live music, entertainment, food vendors and refreshments. The fireworks display, set off from Sunset Mesa overlooking the park, will begin just after dark, about 9:30 p.m. Except for food, the event is free to the public.
Melanie Hall of the Montrose Community Foundation and Randy Havens of Timberline Bank organized the celebration in Cerise Park.
“We’ll have barbecue, popcorn vendors, snow cones and three bands,” Havens said.
Ashleigh Caudill, the headliner, will perform at 7 p.m., Havens said, with kid’s games and contests held between bands.
The show will open at 2 p.m. with Alternate Route, and Gotta Be Girls will perform at 5 p.m., he said.
Also planned is a Salute to Veterans at 3:30 p.m., Havens said, with patriotic music and the swearing in of new recruits.
In the meantime, there will be plenty of family fun with fun and games including sack races, water balloon contests, and hula-hoop competition, Havens said.
“Bring your family and come out, because we want a crowd down there,” he said.
But the fun begins even before the Fourth, said Jenni Sopsic, director of marketing and public relations for Montrose ACT, with the first International Food and Music Festival starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, with a variety of live international music throughout the day as well as offerings from area restaurants, all at Centennial Plaza.
The Montrose Farmers Market will also be going on downtown on South First Street on Saturday morning.
Montrose ACT is supporting all the events over the Fourth of July weekend, Sopsic said, including a street dance from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.
Havens is also involved in organizing that event, and he said a deejay will play a variety of music on South First Street, which will be closed off in front of the post office between Townsend and Cascade avenues.
“There are lots of events going on that weekend,” Havens said. “We hope everyone will stay at home to celebrate the Fourth and bring in others as well.”