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Independence Monument on the 4th of July

Climbers on Independence, July 4th, 2010


July 4th at Colorado National Monument

Celebrate Independence Day in grand style as the Mesa County Technical Search and Rescue Team raises Old Glory on top of Independence Monument. This tradition was started 100 years ago by John Otto, the Monument's first ranger.

Celebration Details

10:15 am - 11:00 am
Join a Park Ranger for the Flag Raising & patriotic music performed by a brass quintet at Independence Monument Overlook.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ice Cream Social & Influx Jazz Concert at Saddlehorn Picnic Area

Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, sunscreen and water for this fun-filled day.

Call (970) 858-3617 ext. 360 if you have any questions.

Ice Cream Social, concert and commemorative celebration made possible by a generous donation from the Grand Valley Rotary Clubs.

Click here for downloadable PDF version.

Did You Know?

Independence Monument

Independence Monument is all that remains of a continuous ridge that once formed a wall between Monument and Wedding Canyons. A cap of durable Kayenta rock has protected this picturesque 450 feet (137 meters) high monolith from the relentless erosion that carried away the surrounding rock.