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The celebration of our nation’s birthday this year is a combination of excitement that the fireworks will be back, and disappointment that a parade through downtown Salida has been called off.

Fireworks atop Tenderfoot Mountain from F Street in Salida. Merrell Bergin photo

After the FIBArk parade on June 18 had parade marchers confused at the intersection of F Street and Second  — trying to move through parade-goers who thought the entire parade, not just the cars and floats would turn onto Second Street, organizers have decided that at least for this year, the city will not put on a parade.

But the City of Salida Fire Department has scheduled a full fireworks display on Monday, July 4. The fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m. Monday, the evening of July 4.

Safety is a priority for all involved, and in accordance, Spiral Drive on Tenderfoot Mountain will be closed at the gate to ALL traffic—vehicle, bike, walking, etc. on July 4 as the crew prepares the fireworks for the celebration. Also be aware that biking trails crossing Spiral Drive on Tenderfoot will be closed as well to ensure the safety of all involved. Salida Fire thanks all in advance for their consideration and patience with closures which are necessary to ensure that no one gets too close to the unexploded fireworks assembly.

Individuals who are sensitive to loud noises, or that have pets, should prepare accordingly. Long-time residents of the city know they have their favorite places to watch the fireworks; from the grounds of Longfellow Elementary, to Franz Lake, to the tops of downtown buildings (with owner permission), or Riverside Park.