The Fourth of July weekend, one of Pagosa’s busiest times of the year, is here in full force.
Our wonderful visitors are out and about, and enjoying our wonderful weather, natural settings and numerous activities.
There is a “Clip and Save” schedule of Fourth of July holiday activities located on the back page of this week’s PREVIEW. Please use this as an easy reference when planning your holiday festivities. Maps of the area highlighting the locations of the festivities are also available at the Visitor Center.
There will be parking restrictions around town. Please take note. This includes parking at the Visitor Center. Parking is restricted at the Visitor Center as we are open every day. We need to reserve parking for those coming to the Visitor Center to inquire about activities, search for lodging or take advantage of one of the many services that we offer. Parking is available on San Juan Street across from the Visitor Center.
Here are some of the major events going on around town.
Thursday, June 30
Celebrate America: This event kicks off the holiday festivities. This evening of song, dance and patriotism will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center, beginning at 7 p.m. It is free of charge to the public and will renew your sense of patriotism. This evening exemplifies the “reason for the season.” Free coffee and dessert will be served.
“South Pacific.” The Music Boosters production of the Rodger and Hammerstein musical classic “South Pacific” will be held at the Pagosa Springs High School beginning at 7 p.m. A large crew of talented performers will take you away for “Some Enchanted Evening.” Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $8 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the day of the show, when they can be purchased at the door.
“Sylvia.” The hilarious theater production involves a 22-year marriage, a new dog in the relationship, and the lessons learned. The Thingamajig Theatre presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Arts Center. Tickets are available online at pagosacenter.org and are $15.
Friday, July 1
Productions of both “South Pacific” and “Sylvia “will be held at their respective locations again at 7 p.m.
Western Heritage Rodeo. A team roping event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center at the fairgrounds on U.S. 84.
Carnival. Rides and carnival games for children of all ages. The carnival will be open on Hermosa Street, on the Athletic Field in Town Park until 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 2
Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival. This is the 33rd year for an arts and crafts fair located along the banks of the San Juan River from Town Park to Centennial Park. Over 80 vendors with products including handmade jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, accessories, wood and ceramic crafts, photography and paintings, and so much more will be in attendance. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. An evening of broncs, bulls and fast horses will excite the crowd at the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center at the fairgrounds on U.S. 84. General admission tickets can be purchased at Goodman’s Department Store downtown or at the gate. Box seats can be purchased by calling 264-5000.
“South Pacific.” This will be the closing night for this musical production. The production begins at 7 p.m.
“Sylvia.” The Thingamajig production continues at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.
Carnival. The carnival continues on the athletic field at Town Park. The carnival will open in the afternoon and stay open until 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 3
Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival: The fair continues in Town and Centennial parks from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo: Another evening of rough and tumble action takes place at the fairgrounds. The rodeo begins at 6 p.m. This is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Sunday.
Carnival. Downtown, from afternoon to 10 p.m. on the athletic field in Town Park.
“Sylvia.” The comedy continues at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts with a matinee performance beginning at 2 p.m.
Monday, July 4
Parade. The Fourth of July Parade, “Celebrating Community,” will take place on U.S. 160 from 8th to 2nd streets. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Staging and registration for parade entries will take place in the parking lot at the Pagosa Springs High School. There will be street closings and restrictions.
Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. The rodeo on July 4 will begin at 2 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center at the fairgrounds.
Fireworks, live concert and picnic. The annual fireworks display, live musical concert and picnic will be held at the Sports Complex at the Pagosa Springs High School beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of musical groups Bixby and Groove Kitchen as you stake out your viewing space for the fireworks and enjoy a picnic. The Knights of Columbus will serve their delicious hamburgers and hot dogs and there will be other vendors at the site. Attendees may also bring picnic dinners. Please be aware that this event is held on high school grounds — thus, no alcohol. The fireworks will be set off at dark, which is usually after 9:15 p.m.
Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival. This will be the last day for the festival. Don’t miss out on getting that one-of-a-kind item or specialty food. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carnival. This will be the last day for the carnival. The carnival will run from after the parade until dark.
Other events and notes. There will also be lots of other activities going on around town. Check out all the live entertainment at Pagosa’s restaurants and pubs. There will be plenty of high energy music for you to enjoy throughout the weekend. Fliers announcing the live music can be obtained at the Visitor Center or online at www.pagosaspringschamber.com.
While downtown and around town, and while shopping the Arts and Crafts Festival, don’t miss out on the great merchandise at Pagosa’s unique retail stores. Pick up a souvenir, check out the summer merchandise or enjoy the specials that abound. We’re proud to Shop Pagosa First!
There will be the grand opening for the new Pagosa Peak Pizza on Solomon Drive off of Piedra Road (the old Dogwood Cafe) on July 3. Stop by and see what a fantastic job they have done renovating the building and creating their new menu, and check out the live entertainment they will be offering.
We have a slew of renewals this week and we thank them for their Chamber participation. They include Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation; First Southwest Bank; King Campbell, one of Pagosa’s excellent dentists; Pagosa Computers and Networks; Cole Consultants; The Last Resort RV Park and Campground; Tri-County Head Start; and the Bar D Wranglers.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July. Don’t forget to clip and save the schedule of events located on the back page of The PREVIEW and support all our businesses that make the extra effort to provide additional entertainment for everyone over this holiday weekend.
If you have questions, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360. Happy Fourth of July and, at some time during your festivities, remember the reason for this season!