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It’s a Rockwell-esque Fourth of July in Eagle

there's a decidedly Norman Rockwell-esque quality to celebrating the Fourth of July in Eagle and Gypsum.

But it's also a bigger party than it used to be since the town's decided to join forces and celebrate the holiday together.

This year marks Eagle's turn and while the elements of the town's celebration remain, the schedule and locale plans have been tweaked to encourage turnout and accommodate visitors from the neighboring community.

Bike Parade

For several years, Eagle has hosted a July Fourth bike parade. The event is back for 2017, but the time of day and route has been changed.

Instead of hosting a ride for kids in the morning, Eagle's 2017 bike parade will start at 5 p.m. Instead of starting at Brush Creek Park and ending at Eagle Town Park, the route will be reversed. And instead of being a kids event, all are encouraged to ride.

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Because the town is hosting its pre-fireworks party at the Brush Creek Pavilion, where parking is limited, the town hopes residents and visitors will ride bikes to the site. The bike parade is an opportunity to do that in a festival atmosphere.

Once they arrive at the Brush Creek Park, riders and other partygoers can enjoy free hot dogs and popsicles served up by members of the Eagle Town Board and the Gypsum Town Council. Activities including pie-eating contests, water balloon tosses, potato sack races along with music are planned.

"Bring your picnic and join in games throughout the evening," said Eagle Special Events Coordinator Jeremy Gross.

Fireworks show

The towns' fireworks presentation is planned around 9:30 p.m.

"While we welcome everyone to come and join us at the park, there will be great viewing opportunities from every neighborhood in Eagle," Gross said.

For additional information about the celebration, visit http://www.eagleoutside.com.

If you go …

What: Towns of Eagle and Gypsum Fourth of July fireworks.

When: Tuesday, July 4; Bike parade at 5 p.m., fireworks around 9:30.

Where: Brush Creek Pavilion, with vieiwing from neighborhoods.

Cost: Free.

More information: After the bike parade, activities at Brush Creek Pavilion include pie-eating contests, water balloon tosses, potato sack races and music.

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