Summer in Grand Junction is moving right along, and a ton of fun has already been had like the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, the Junior College Baseball World Series, the Colorado Special Olympics Summer Games, Country Jam, and much more. July keeps the good times moving with another month of family-friendly events designed to help you get the most out of summer! Start planning now so you don’t miss out.
Independence Day Festivities – July 4, 2019
Spend this Fourth of July outside in Grand Junction enjoying Independence Day celebrations. Start the morning in downtown for the Fourth of July Parade. Main Street from 1st Street through 9th Street will mark the path for parade floats, music, and performances. Later in the day, catch the Fourth of July Grand Junction Rockies game. The GJ Rockies will be playing the Orem Owlz and after the game, enjoy a firework show over Suplizio Field. If you’re not at the game but still want to enjoy the fireworks, Lincoln Park – situated right next to the field - is the perfect place to lay back and enjoy the show.
Mesa County Fair – July 17-20, 2019
Make sure stopping by the Mesa County Fair is on your summer bucket list! Entry to the fair is free for everyone all four days, and there are plenty of free activities to enjoy too! Watch artists use jets of fire to create beautiful and delicate pieces from glass or catch a magic and comedy show with magician Mike Vande Carr. After checking out the stock show, grab a ticket for the Professional Bull Riding show or make your dreams come true with a yoga class surrounded by cuddly goats. The Fair will also have a mud volleyball tournament, wine tasting seminars, a bumper crushing demolition derby, and a concert with headliner Ned LeDoux on Friday night!
Grand Junction Air Show – July 27-28, 2019
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The Grand Junction Air Show is a must for anyone interested in planes or exotic vehicles. This two-day event is loaded with displays and demonstrations in the air, and on the ground. In the air, watch the Blue Angels perform their famous high speed, perfectly synchronized loops, rolls, and other intricate flight patterns. A Blue Angel plane will also be on the ground and allow you to see this powerful flying machine up close. Captain Gary Rower will by flying his vintage 1942 Stearman single-engine plane. Captain Rower has upgraded the aircraft with a bigger, more powerful engine that allows him to fly faster and sustain upside down flight for longer. This plane flies much slower and lower than the Blue Angels and is easier to see, making it a fan favorite.
On the ground, get up close and personal with some of your favorite exotic vehicles from Precision Exotics. Their car show features Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Audis, and other classic, exotic performance machines. If you're feeling brave, you can even get behind the wheel of one of these bad boys and test your skills on the track. The thunderous, fire breathing jet engine powered semi-trucks from AFTERSHOCK can't be missed. If you've ever wondered how fast a semi-truck can do a quarter mile, this is the show for you.
Grand Mesa Moose Day – July 27, 2019
Head to the cool pine forests of the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-top mountain, with over 300 lakes, for the annual Moose Day. In 2005, Colorado Parks and Wildlife introduced ten moose to the Grand Mesa National Forest, and by 2007 a total of 91 had been relocated to the area. Today, there are over 400 that roam the 500 square miles of the Mesa. Colorado Parks and Wildlife celebrate this reintroduction every year with Moose Day on the last Saturday of July. Wildlife Officers lead nature hikes to demonstrate how they track and manage moose populations. Moose themed crafts make great activities and mementos for kids and enjoy a picnic in one of Colorado’s most majestic settings. A pair of binoculars is always handy when searching for moose – always keep your distance!
See what is happening the rest of the year on page 38 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide!