Celebrate July 4 in Downtown Durango – The Durango Herald

It’s the 4th of July, and there’s no better place to celebrate than Durango. This year there is a whole weekend of activities to do in downtown Durango.

Tonight (July 2) at the Transit Center is the street dance and drone show. Live music from two bands, food trucks, and a beer garden are on offer. There should also be activities for children! It starts at 6 p.m. and ends at dusk. Immediately after, a drone show features 125 LED-lit drones programmed to form shapes and symbols in the sky. The best view will be of the Transit Center and the downtown side streets facing west. The drone show replaces the traditional fireworks display which keeps getting canceled due to dry conditions.

There will be a free concert on Sunday at the Powerhouse Science Center. This is part of a summer series of free concerts that Powerhouse offers on the first Sunday of the month. This month’s band is Dana Ariel and the Coming Up Roses, and the free show starts at 4 p.m. While you’re there, visit the Powerhouse’s new exhibit ‘Medieval To Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar’. This is a traveling exhibit that celebrates the artistic development of the guitar. Developed by the National GUITAR Museum, it features 40 artifacts, ranging from the intricately inlaid Moorish oud and six-foot-long Renaissance theorbo to the modern Italian design of the Eko and clear acrylic bodies of BC Rich California guitars.

Monday is the big day, the 4th of July. The fun begins in the morning at Rotary Park with a gourmet Rotary Club breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Freedom 5K fun run starts at 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Southwest Civic Winds. and the Durango Choral Society will offer a free concert.

The action moves to Buckley Park for the afternoon. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., there is a group barbecue and picnic to benefit Building Homes for Heroes. Kirk James Band and other special guests will provide live music. Food and beer will be available for purchase, and there will also be activities for children.

The annual Stars and Stripes Parade begins at 5 p.m. sharp on Main Avenue downtown. Bring the family to attend one of the best annual parades of the year. You can expect at least 50 entries of all shapes and sizes.

The 4th of July weekend is capped off with an amazing concert – Lyle Lovett and his big band play at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in the North Main District. Tickets are still available on DurangoConcerts.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. It’s going to be amazing!

Thanks to the City of Durango for organizing most of these activities, and in particular to Ellen Babers. If you want to host an event, talk to Ellen, she’s awesome!

Hope to see you soon downtown and in the North Main District.

Tim Walsworth is executive director of the Durango Business Improvement District. Contact him at timw@downtowndurango.org or 375-5068.

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