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Locals celebrate Fourth with families

Steve Lynn
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyThe McMurtry family along with family friend, Emma Matzko, center left, lay out their 4th July picnic Wednesday at Donovan Park in West Vail after watching Vail's 4th July parade.
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EAGLE COUNTY ” Alfredo Soria came to the United States more than a decade ago and Wednesday he was celebrating the prosperity he has had here, he said.

Opportunity in the United States allowed him and his two daughters a better life, said Soria, an Avon resident formerly of Mexico.

“It’s not the same money,” Soria said. “There’s work all over Mexico ” it’s bad pay.”

Locals like Soria basked in the sun and in the shade as their children kicked soccer balls, skateboarded and ran around playgrounds at Eagle County’s parks Wednesday afternoon.

Residents talked about the different reasons they enjoyed July Fourth, from celebrating a father’s life to fishing.

Julie Robison, of Edwards, was glad she had a day off to watch her son Tyler roll into a steep, curved concrete ramp at Freedom Park in Edwards.

“I’m thrilled,” said Robison, who would not have seen her son do the trick he just learned had she not had the day off.

Lee Jones, an Avon resident who is originally from England, was not bitter about the holiday, he said. Jones and his girlfriend, Becky Hughes, were tossing a tennis ball in Nottingham Lake in Avon to a relative’s dog.

“In England, it’s not something that’s really talked about,” Jones said.

Jones wished that England had a holiday where citizens celebrated the country with the same fervor, he said.

July Fourth reminded Kim and Phil Neal, former Avon residents, of how much they missed living in the valley, they said. The couple kept a watchful eye on their son, Colton, as he ran about the playground at Nottingham Park.

Phil Neal’s father died on July Fourth six years ago, so the family was celebrating his life, too, he said.

Kim Neal felt patriotic Wednesday, she said.

“With all the turmoil, our freedom is sweet,” she said.

Siggy Sigurdsson came to Nottingham Lake to fish with his brother, Asgeir, and his friend Rick Cote.

“Whenever you can get to the mountains, it’s a beautiful thing,” said Siggy Sigurdsson, who caught 10 fish. That didn’t stop Siggy Sigurdsson from talking politics.

“We’re not real impressed with our leadership right now,” he said.

Karen Leland, of Boca Raton, Fla., was watching her three children skipping rocks across Nottingham Lake.

“Grandma’s responsible for their color coordination,” Leland said about her three children clad in red, white and blue.

Rylie Leland liked the candy she got at Vail’s July Fourth parade, she said.

“That was your favorite part,” Karen Leland said to the toddler. “Truly it was.”

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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