4th of July in BV is Simply the Best

26 Jun 2017 0

Why I absolutely love the 4th of July in Buena Vista

You can’t beat the 4th of July in a small town.  But the reason it’s so great here is even more than that.  Buena Vista’s hometown celebration is truly one of the best I’ve ever experienced.

You begin the day at Columbine Park where the Optimist Club serves you pancakes in the shade of the Cottonwood trees.  You could then run in the Freedom 5K, if that is your thing.  I’m not a runner but I did run three miles once in high school and once was enough for me.  A less physically demanding alternative is to walk over to Grace Church on West Main St., one of the oldest church buildings in town, they put on a patriotic concert in the morning and one in the afternoon and while you are there you can view the amazing quilts they’ve created to send to the troops. The artistic skill of those quilters is something to behold.  After the concert and the quilts you have to run over to the town lake park, officially called McPhelemy Park (but town lake park is easier to remember), to buy a pie before they run out.  After you claim your pie, it’s officially time to cross over to Main Street to claim your parade spot. As you seek the perfect parade-viewing location, stop by our new office at 306 East Main.  We will have cold water for a hot day and fun things for the kiddos at our front door.

The 4th of July parade is one of the highlights of my whole year.  Old cars, the jeep club, kids on flatbeds, kids on bikes, goats from the local goat farm, kids pulling ducks in wagons, the guy with the dog who always does great tricks with a frisbee, candy galore, firetrucks, all the good stuff.  Now you have to understand, to be in our parade you simply sign a form and get in line.  Anyone can be in our parade and decide to jump in at a moment’s notice, no fee or pre-registration is required. I love walking up the people-lined street with my husband before the parade gets going to see who we can see, say hello and give hugs.  It’s a happy friendly crowd and our population swells ’til the sidewalks are bursting. The kids always walk away with bags full of candy.  One year I talked to a couple next to us from Denver whose eight-year-old was excitedly waiting nearby and they told me it had been his birthday wish to spend the 4th in BV. I mean this is the 4th of July eight-year-olds dream about.

My nieces and nephew waving for candy in 2010

Michael DiLillo’s amazing flying dog is not to be missed.

After the last fire truck drives down Main Street, you have to head back to the town lake park to shop all of the Art in the Park vendors with their jewelry, hats, pottery, wood-turned lampshades and all sorts of treasures. After shopping the park, cross back over to Main Street for lunch and wander into all the shops, finally head to Louie’s for ice cream or Spoon it Up for frozen yogurt. It’s usually nap time about then for us but back at the town lake park there are free kids games and a Rotary Club cookout, you can also hear a concert at the park and paddle a kayak or stand up board on the lake.  You will definitely need a nap by this time.

The finale to the whole amazing day is of course the fireworks show at the Rodeo Grounds put on by our American Legion with the soaring Collegiate Peaks in the background.  You drive your vehicle out into the giant field, find the perfect spot to park, pull out your chairs and usually your blankets (because once the sun goes down it gets chilly) and enjoy the show.

It’s simply the best.  Happy Independence Day!

Joy Duprey, Pinon Marketing Specialist

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