Originally from Southern California, we had been living in Colorado City for over a year when we attended our first 4th of July Festival in 2017. Excited to be a part of the community, our family assisted with the games and prizes.
The day started with a fantastic community parade, where families and children lined the streets to watch the police, horses, bikes, firetrucks, floats, music and much more.
The event takes place in Cottonwood Park that sits in the middle of town and has an incredible amount of space to spread out and offer a variety of booths, vendors, events and activities. The entire day was jam-packed with a stream of people enjoying everything from delicious food, root beer floats and sweet treats, to train rides through the park, helicopter rides of the valley, games, music, face painting, and a dunk tank; to unique things to buy and handmade crafts. Many local businesses participated with their own booths and we were amazed to see that the park was consistently full of people. We found that many people come from out of town to Colorado City specifically for this event, including people that grew up in the town and have since moved away. We saw relatives reuniting, business relationships being formed, kids laughing and playing and we loved the tight knit community feel of the event.
The day concluded with a spectacular fireworks show over the city and we are eager to be a part of the festivities again in 2018!