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Next  Thursday July 4, marks one of Buena Vista’s most extensive holiday celebrations of the year. The 4th of July celebration has a small town feel, but boasts a myriad events, live music, an artisan fair and fireworks.

“The BV Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce is proud to coordinate and host the Buena Vista 4th of July All Day Celebration,” said Buena Vista’s Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Jamie Billesbach.

A float during the 2018 4th of July Parade in Buena Vista. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce)

The community can fuel-up for the day of celebration by attending the pancake breakfast at Columbine Park on U.S. 24 South. Pancakes will be flying off the griddle starting at 7 a.m.

At 8:30 a.m., the Independence Day Freedom 5K commences from the Splash Pad on East Main Street.

The annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. on East Main. All are invited to participate in the parade. Businesses, organizations and community members are encouraged to enter a float or walking display in the parade. People are encouraged to enter the parade with their 4th of July-decorated bikes and pets.

A contest judging the best-decorated bikes and pets is scheduled to take place at 11:30 am. at the Art in the Park main stage in McPhelemy Park, located at the junction of U.S. 24 and West Main Stree

The Parade will begin queuing at 9 a.m. on the east end of East Main Street. Participants can pick up their parade number and directions at Avery-Parsons Elementary School. Those entering as a parade participant as a group must arrive together for the lineup.

The parade will begin on the east end of East Main Street, proceed west, cross U.S. 24, and conclude at San Juan Street, beside Art in the Park. Art in the Park is the hub of the 4th of July festivities. As usual, it will be held in Buena Vista’s McPhelemy Park, located at the junction of U.S. 24 and West Main Street.

“This year, Art in the Park is greatly enhanced,” said Billesbach. “We are most excited to have expanded our Art in the Park offerings with additional artisans and jewelers, a BV Circus show, Eddyline Beer Garden and live music.”

Art in the Park will feature more than 20 artisans, 10 clothing and jewelry vendors and at least nine specialty retail vendors. Featured among the artisans are pottery, stoneware and glass fusion crafters. Clothing and jewelry enthusiasts will find shawls, hand-made clothing, purses and beaded jewelry for sale. The specialty vendors include knife makers, essential oils, face painting and sunglasses.

Numerous food and drink vendors will also be present including Elkhorn catering, Smash burgers and Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy. As Billesbach mentioned, Eddyline will provide beer in the Beer Garden and Vino Salida will be offering its wine as well.

The fire works show is the traditional conclusion of celebrations, but fire bans in the past few years have curtailed these activities. This year, barring any fire bans implemented in the next week, the day will conclude with a fireworks show at the Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds. The show is scheduled to begin at dusk.

The Buena Vista American Legion has announced that it is in desperate need of volunteers to assist with the fireworks show. If you can volunteer to help set up and take down firework equipment, contact Clarence Champion (719-395-9042) or Bill Redman (719-395-0622).

Those seeking additional information, scheduling, parade registration forms, or with questions may visit the Chamber of Commerce website.