For Immediate Release | June 28, 2018
Salute to the USA Includes Family Fun, Live Music, Festival Food and Fireworks
Residents are reminded to leave the fireworks to the professionals
Avon, CO – The 32nd annual Alpine Bank Salute to the USA in Harry A. Nottingham Park takes place on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m. Families will delight in the performance art including magicians, clowns, and balloon sculptors interacting with the crowd throughout the evening. The Town of Avon invites all residents and guests to enjoy a great big FREE Family Zone that will offer carnival games, inflatable jumping toys and face painting. This annual and much anticipated event would not be complete without a host of fabulous festival-style foods from fresh squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes to mini-donuts and roasted ears of corn, along with ice cold beer and chilled wine.
Music will be broadcast throughout the evening by KZYR True Local Radio from the Performance Pavilion. At 5:45 p.m., the band Dearling will take the stage, entertaining audiences with a western inspired sound. Their music is a dynamic range of country, alternative, folk and rock sounds with soulful lyrics and great melodies. Bring your dancing boots, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the music. The Arapahoe Philharmonic presents their Colorado Pops Orchestra at 7:45 p.m., playing a Salute to the USA, a variety of popular classical favorites sprinkled with show tunes, movie themes and western standards sure to excite and delight!
After sunset, Avon will celebrate our nation’s birth with a pyrotechnic extravaganza over beautiful Nottingham Lake. More than 10,000 shells will explode in the night sky for the Colorado Rockies’ largest display of fireworks. This spectacular show is choreographed to a musical score simulcast on KZYR 97.7.
Fire district officials, along with representatives from the Town of Avon, Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, and the fireworks production company, have been meeting regularly to discuss current fire conditions and evaluate the risks associated with planned fireworks displays. Conditions will be monitored up to the time of launch. At this time, officials have determined that displays in Avon and Beaver Creek can continue as planned.
Professional displays are conducted in a controlled environment in a location that has been prepped to minimize the risk of embers igniting grasses or other fine fuels. Multiple safety protocols are in place, including firefighting crews and security personnel to monitor the fallout area and extinguish any burning debris. In both locations, aggressive irrigation plans have been in place for several weeks prior to the event to ensure the fallout area is not receptive to fire.
Currently, Eagle County is under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which are aimed at preventing the start of wildfires based on human activities that are known to be high risk, specifically smoking, fireworks and campfires. Under Stage 1 restrictions, use of any personal fireworks or explosive requiring fuses or blasting caps is prohibited. Fireworks are always illegal on Federal lands, including the US Forest Service and BLM-managed areas.
Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.
For more information about the 32nd annual Alpine Bank Salute to the USA, please visit www.avon.org/salute.
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