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Festive Fourth in Pagosa Country
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Fourth of July holiday is upon us and, with July 4 falling on a Saturday, Pagosa Country is bracing for a flood of visitors and a full slate of activities.

Following Wednesday’s Celebrate America Night at the community center, activities begin in earnest today, July 2.

The first in a series of three Red Ryder Roundup Rodeos is this evening, at the Western Heritage rodeo grounds, starting at 6 p.m.

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters presents a production of “Messugah-Nuns!” tonight, at 7 p.m., at the high school auditorium.

The carnival is back in town for the holiday and is open each day, today through Sunday, at the athletic field adjacent to Town Park. The carnival is open today from noon to 9 p.m.


Get the day started with a visit to the Park-to-Park Arts and Crafts Fair, featuring booths set up in Town Park and Centennial Park. The fair opens at 10 a.m. and remains open to 6 p.m.

The carnival opens its gates at 10 a.m. and remains open to 10:30 p.m.

The Friday Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Goodman’s Department Store and at the gate.

“Messhugah-Nuns!” plays again at 7 p.m. at the PSHS auditorium. Tickets are available at the door at the school, located on South 8th Street.


Independence Day is packed with fun for residents and visitors alike, and it begins with the Rotary Club Fourth of July Parade. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful” and floats and other entries move along the parade route between South 8th Street and 2nd Street, on San Juan and Pagosa streets (U.S. 160). The parade begins at 10 a.m., so make a point of arriving downtown early to find the best spot from which to view this annual event. and remember, no parking is allowed on the parade route beginning at midnight. Vehicles parked along the route will be towed.

The Park-to-Park Arts and Crafts Fair opens at 10 a.m. and remains open to 6 p.m.

The carnival opens at noon and stays open until 9:30 p.m.

The final Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo is at 2 p.m.

Activities at the high school athletic fields crank up at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Brooks I Band and Leadfoot Ruthie, and food and refreshments will be served by the Knights of Columbus. The fireworks display begins at dark, approximately 9 p.m. Get to the site early for parking and a prime viewing spot.


Holiday activities wind down as the Park-to-Park Arts and Crafts Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the carnival is open noon to 9:30 p.m.

The Upper San Juan Historical Society Museum is open each day during the Fourth of July Holiday, located at 1st and Pagosa streets. Admission is free.