More people staying home this Fourth of July

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - For many, the Fourth of July includes travel plans, but a new poll shows many Americans aren't driving too far to celebrate the holiday.

With fire bans across much of the state, putting out personal fireworks plans plus rising gas prices, many residents are staying put this Independence Day.

"We are very lucky to have the fireworks tomorrow night, and we are looking forward to seeing them and we will enjoy it," Brigitte Crosser said of her plans to stay home this Fourth of July.

With fireworks under such restrictions this year, many are exploding with excitement that the city of Grand Junction is going ahead with its display this year.

It will be one of the few lighting up the sky across Western Slope on Thursday, and city officials say they are now expecting a larger crowd.

“We are anticipating around six to 8,000 people here at the stadium tomorrow night, and a few thousand outside enjoying the show," City Parks and Rec spokesperson Emily Wright said.

It may be gas prices, firework bans or that many shows are cancelled, but according to a recent Tripadvisor poll, 21 percent of people will be traveling for the Fourth of July itself. Eleven percent will be traveling the holiday weekend, but an astounding 68 percent of people won't be traveling at all.

The good news is Grand Junction’s show will be generating a little economic heat, meaning good news for the tourism industry.

"We are fortunate that Grand Junction is still going to have the fireworks, it will be a draw for those that are out of town that don't have that in their town," Visitor and Convention Bureau spokesperson Mistalynn Meyeraan said.

If you want to attend the show Thursday evening at Stocker Stadium, you can still purchase tickets from any City Market or through Grand Junction Parks and Recreation. General admission is five dollars, while premium seats are 10 dollars.

Stocker Stadium opens at 7:15 for Thursday night for the firework show. It begins at 9:45 and is 20 minutes long. The Bookcliff Country Club will also be doing a show Monday night. If you're not a member, you can still see it in the sky over the club after 9 p.m. Monday night.

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