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July Fourth celebrations off the hook in Summit

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

SUMMIT COUNTY – Long lines, no vacancy signs and zero parking spots were all good signs for Summit County’s multi-town Independence Day celebration Sunday.

Main Street business was booming throughout the community, with extra employees on the registers – busy hands and eager smiles. The Town of Frisco alone estimated 25,000 people to be in attendance at its lunchtime parade.

On a holiday as American as apple pie, High Country locals and visitors celebrated our country’s freedom en masse with face paint, vroom-ing American-made muscle cars, good eats and fireworks.

At the numerous countywide celebrations, one thing was certain – everyone was feeling festive. Screaming kids got into squirt-gun fights and caught candy thrown from the floats, horses and their riders were glammed up in patriotic costumes, and the people of Dillon decorated their boats for a performance on the Dillon Reservoir. Even dogs wore red, white and blue.

At the end of Breck’s late-morning parade, a man in costume read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety for the crowd, and invited everyone to sign a copy of the famous document near Abby Hall on Main Street. This was to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when America declared its independence from Great Britain.

While Summit County’s Fourth of July atmosphere was an all-out party, the solemnity of the holiday wasn’t lost on many of its participants.

“Freedom, independence, and remembering our troops for all that they fought for.” This is what the Fourth of July meant to Maryann and Mark Chalkley of Breckenridge, who were decked out in red, white and blue outfits for Breckenridge’s parade.

“We’re celebrating the birthday of our independence for our country,” said Richard Svoboda of Arizona. “It’s why we’re free, why we’re the best country to live in.”

And Ed Riker of Denver said the Fourth of July “means freedom to do anything we want without oppression.” He also said it’s an excellent opportunity to salute the military for everything they’ve done.

Riker’s wife Sharon agreed, saying “it’s wonderful to see all the people come out.”

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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