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Salida’s Fourth of July festivities and celebration will kick off early Thursday morning, July 4 providing many chances for attendees to take part in the Salida fun.

A free event for kids 13 and younger, will kick off the festivities in Salida at Frantz Lake for the Salida Kids’ Fishing Derby. Registration will be open at 8:30 a.m. and fishing will begin around 9:45 a.m. The contestants receive a derby souvenir and fishing gear, water and sunscreen.

Downtown festivities will begin at noon, Thursday, July 4 in Riverside Park with music entertainment, food, a parade, a beer garden and more. The entertainment will start off at noon with a performance from the Salida Circus and musical performances from the Salida Singers, Ark-Valley Freedom Singers, Salida Brass, Knee On and Vehicle.

The Salida 4th of July Parade includes participants of all ages. Photo by Sandy Hobbs.

The annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 4 p.m., taking its traditional route down F Street. Parade participation is open to everyone. Parade organizers are encouraging people to join in with their bicycle, classic car, dog or a group of friends, with the line-up around Alpine Park at 3:30 p.m.

Something new will take place during the parade this year. The organizers have asked that the businesses on F Street in addition to cars, tune to 102.9 FM on their radios during the duration of the parade and turn up their volume so that everyone on the route will hear the same music.

Riverside Park is the setting for more food and fun. The Salida Rotary Club will be hosting a beer garden, game tent, jump house in addition to selling brats and burgers to contribute to the fun. Other food options will also be set up in the park including Julia’s Fajitas, King Kaeng’s Rotating Curry, Tacos El Tapatio, Whitewater Kettle Corn, Lost Cajun’s “beignets” and Blue Truck Ice Cream.

This will be a year for fireworks in Salida. Without a firework ban this year, the fireworks display will begin at dusk, at approximately 9 p.m.

Fireworks create an explosion of color over Tenderfoot Mountain Saturday, Aug. 25. The fireworks display was rescheduled due to a fire ban during the 4th of July holiday. (photo by Joe Stone)

The city of Salida has encouraged residents and visitors to visit their June 25 press release regarding the safety precautions of which they want all to be aware, “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.—starting Wednesday evening, July 3 through Friday, July 5 at noon. Please be aware that biking trails crossing Spiral Drive on Tenderfoot will be closed as well to ensure the safety of all involved.”