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Annual Salute to the USA returns to Avon on Friday

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AVON — The 29th annual Salute to the USA will be held in Harry A. Nottingham Park on Friday.

Festivities start at 5 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. There will be live performance art, including stilt walkers, fire jugglers, magicians, clowns and live statues interacting with the crowd throughout the evening. A free family zone will offer carnival games, inflatable jumping toys and face painting. There will be a host of festival-style foods to choose from, including beer and wine. New this year, the venue expands to the north shore of Nottingham Park, offering attendees easier access to beverage sales.

Music will be broadcast throughout the evening by KZYR from Avon's new outdoor performance pavilion. Mayor Jennie Fancher will christen the pavilion with a toast at 8:45 p.m.

After sunset, 10,000 shells will explode in the night sky for the Colorado Rocky Mountains' largest display of fireworks. The show is choreographed to a musical score simulcast on KZYR 97.7.

"The town of Avon welcomes and hosts upwards of 20,000 people in Nottingham Park for an exceptional evening as the Vail Valley and our country begin to celebrate the July 4 holiday," Fancher said. "Salute to the USA is Avon's most emblematic event, as it showcases our commitment to our larger community. With FirstBank and our other generous event sponsors, we feel honored on July 3 to thank everyone for making this region a great place to live and work. Please join us for an extraordinary evening."

Parking is extremely limited; plan to walk, ride a bike or use public transportation. No personal fireworks, outside alcohol or pets will be allowed; bags will be checked at the gates. For more information, call Danita Dempsey, director of festivals and special events, at 970-748-4032 or go to http://www.avon.org.