CREEDE — Though the City of Creede did not get many suggestions for this year’s parade theme, the one they selected will be fun and entertaining for participants and spectators. The town is well known for their Fourth of July celebrations and this year is turning out to be no different. The theme this year is “Creede: The True Silver Lining.”
Two full days, July 3 and 4, will be filled with the Colorado State Mining competitions, which are a salute of the town’s rich mining heritage. Mining competitions are a part of Creede’s history, dating back to the early days when mining was still active. Some of the events include Jack-Leg Drilling, Hand Steeling, Mucking, Spike Driving and much more.
The event begins on July 3 in the afternoon at the Days of 92’ arena located behind Basham Park on Main Street. It is free and open to the public.
At 10 a.m. on July 4, the annual Fourth of July Parade will make its way down Main Street. Over the past four years or so, the event has gained attention from spectators visiting from around the world. It is advised that people who want to participate in the event arrive early as there are typically 10,000 or more people in the area for the parade.
The rest of the day is full of various events and fundraisers, including the annual lunch fundraiser hosted by the Mineral County Fire Department. Businesses, restaurants, the Underground Mining Museum and Creede Historical Museum are open throughout the day.
As the night draws closer, people are invited to participate in the Chute Out Rodeo series that offers a special rodeo in honor of the Fourth of July. The Creede Repertory Theatre will also have two plays throughout the day, including a showing of “Little Shop of Horrors” at 6 p.m. A full list of the 2022 season can be found on their website at www.creederep.org.
Fireworks on July 4 will depend on weather and fire conditions.
For more information or a full list of events, please visit www.creede.com.