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Independence Day Celebrations in the San Luis Valley 2017  
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Independence Day Celebrations in the San Luis Valley

Alamosa, Creede, Crestone, Hooper, and South Fork


Celebrate America's Independence in the friendly town of Alamosa. This patriotic celebration begins with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7am-10am in the parking lot of SLV Savings & Loan at 401 Edison. Following breakfast the 4th of July Parade kicks off at 10am on Main & 6th ending at Bell Avenue. Fireworks, sponsored by SLV Federal Savings & Loan, starts at dusk at Alamosa Fairgrounds at 2222 Old Sanford Road. (In case of bad weather the how will be moved to Wed July 5th)


Street Festival & Vendors • Mining Competitions • Live Music • Fireworks • and More!

July 4th Parade - 10:00am
Street Vendors *Colorado State Mining Championships
Days of '92 Mining Championship *Beer Garden
Creede ChuteOut Rodeo -  Special Show *Elks Lodge Annual Dance

It’s only fitting that Creede’s largest festival of the year centers around preserving the history of mining. Like many Western mining towns, Creede has always had mining competitions. When the area’s mines were operational, the events were sponsored by the different mining companies as morale boosters for the miners. With the mines being mostly closed for more than 30 years, the need to preserve Creede’s mining past is as important as ever. Creede is and always has been a close community whose residents pride themselves on the town’s storied past. 
For more than 40 years now, Creede has hosted a privately-funded, two-day competition that draws mining competitors from across the Southwest region. The competitors are actual miners who come to Creede for the July 4th weekend each year to battle for the highly-coveted prize of “Best Overall Miner of the Year.” 
The first day of the competition begins on July 3 each year and is called the Colorado State Mining Championships. The day features a taxing gamut of events that test the skill levels of the miners both physically and mentally. 
The second day of competition is the Days of ‘92. This competition has been a July 4th staple since the 1960s, but when the State Mining Championships came to Creede in the late 1970s, the two competitions were melded together into one. 
The different events, Jack-Leg Drilling, Hand Steeling, Hand Mucking, Spike Driving, and Machine Mucking, are designed to show spectators the daily life of a hardrock miner. 
Spectators can enjoy the mining events every year in the Basham Park arena in downtown Creede. The events are free to the public and a permanent grandstand has been constructed for easy viewing. 
The events begin both mornings at 9 a.m. and usually last until mid-afternoon. The events break for lunch both days and for the July 4 parade that begins at 10 a.m. It’s advised you arrive early for the parade, as traditionally more than 10,000 people crowd the streets to get a glimpse of the unique floats!



Our 4th of July celebration is participatory with events that everyone can join. The central event is a parade through the downtown area, with a  “Creation Station” for children to decorate themselves and their bikes prior to the parade. Anyone may enter the parade by reporting to the line-up at 11 am.

·         Other features include:

·         8:00 am 5 K Run, Walk, or Crawl Race

·         10 am to 4 pm festivities in the park

·         Things to buy, eat, and talk about

·         Music and entertainment

·         Arts and Crafts

·         Games



Sat – Sun, July 1 and 2 Hooper: Colorado Gators Reptile Park hosts the Colorado Gators Eggfest : come enjoy the spring hatching of hundreds of gators

South Fork

South Fork Independence Day Parade, Fish fry Kiwanis BBQ, Rodeo and Fireworks

Monday, July 03, 2017    08:00am
Location : South Fork

South Fork Rodeo - Rockin the Rio Grande

Saturday, July 01, 2017    06:30pm
Location : South Fork - Rickel Arena


Saturday, July 1st, Monday, July 3 and Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enjoy good old fashioned rodeo fun at South Fork’s Bulls & Broncs rodeo series with barrel racing, saddle bronc, team roping and mutton busting.

$15 admission (Children are $5) or Advance tickets sold at South Fork Visitor Center for $10.

South Fork Independence Day Parade, Fish fry Kiwanis BBQ, Rodeo and Fireworks

Monday, July 03, 2017    08:00am
Location : South Fork

, 11am to 1pm fish fry, 3pm South Fork Parade,3pm parade, 4pm to 7pm Kiwanis BBQ, 6:30pm Rockin' the Rio Grande Rodeo 9:20pm fireworks                    

Contact 719-873-5512


Date posted: 6/29/17
City: San Luis Valley
Phone: phone
Fax: fax

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