|Fourth of July is this Saturday, and to help celebrate the nation’s birthday in the Wet Mountain Valley is a weekend packed with events. Kicking off the party is the Airstream Rally on Thursday, July 2. The rally is being held across the street from the Westcliffe Super Market. The rally will continue every day until Sunday, July 12.
The annual Flea Market is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 3, 4 and 5 at the All Aboard Westcliffe (AAW) building, located at 110 Rosita Avenue in Westcliffe. The Flea Market will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days.
On Fourth of July, AAW is hosting a pancake breakfast at the train depot on Main Street in Westcliffe from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m. is the annual Fourth of July Parade down Main Street in Westcliffe. The American Legion is going to lead the parade. At the end, the Legion will be inside the Bowling Alley at the end of Main Street offering refreshments to parade marchers and will be accepting donations. Member Bob Dreher suggests that anyone hoping to help fund the Veteran Service Office (VSO) renovations, should specify when they donate.
Also after the parade is the free Democratic Picnic at the Feed Store Amphitheater Park in Westcliffe. The picnic begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
Party president, Roland Williams, invites the whole community to enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs, soda drinks, and volleyball. There are going to be games for kids, as well.
“There will be no alcohol or firearms,” Williams said. “Everyone is welcome. We would love for people to come right after the parade.”
Fireworks will be fired off over Lake DeWeese at dusk.
On Sunday, July 5, is the 2015 Wet Mountain Car Show.
“We are looking at streamlining the event more effectively this year,” said organizer Dan Marples, “as to ensure we allow folks to get their cars back home, or simply avoid a late afternoon shower.”
Cars can still register for the event at 7 a.m. and park along Main Street. The show begins at 9 a.m.
“We will have all the cars parked between 3rd street and the Bluffs, all on Main Street,” Marples said. “This will allow up to 150 cars and trucks.” Winners will be awarded no later than 1 p.m.
Finally, the U.S. Army Ranger Christopher A. Horns Memorial Highway is being dedicated at 1 p.m. Highway 96 will be closed for the event between mile markers 7 and 8.
– J.E. Ward