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Pyrotechnics light the night in first display in three years of Fourths

By Daniel Laverty

The hills were alive with the sound of music — and of laughter, water and fireworks — during the annual Indian Hills July 4th celebration on Friday.

“This is the third year in a row for me and my family,” said Scott Pierce of Evergreen. “We show up for the breakfast and the parade. It’s great.”

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The annual event, dimmed the last two years because of dry conditions that forced cancellation of the fireworks display, was rejuvenated with the return of pyrotechnics in the night sky.

“We do this every year, and there’s no better place to be on July 4,” said Dee Frank, an Indian Hills resident. “It’s so much fun, and everybody participates to have a good time. It brings a lot of laughter (to Indian Hills).”

The 2014 celebration started with a hearty pancake breakfast and tours of the fire station, its vehicles and even a Flight for Life helicopter. Then hundreds lined Parmalee Gulch Road to watch the parade, which featured floats from local businesses, nonprofits and fire departments.

“The highlight for my kids is definitely the parade and the water fight,” Pierce said. 

Armed with water guns, buckets and bottles, kids — and some adults — battled and braved the onslaught of hoses from participating fire engines. The battle’s result yielded no clear winner, as nearly everyone got a little wet.

“My wife said her jaws were hurting from laughing at the kids today during the parade,” Carl Frank said. “The kids have so much fun during the water fights.”

The Franks, who have attended the Indian Hills celebration for more than 35 years, said it was the biggest turnout ever.

“It’s alive today,” Carl said. “This has to be biggest parade and crowd we’ve seen.”

Carl, who also serves on the Indian Hills Water District board, said it was necessary to cancel the fireworks the previous two years because of hot, dry conditions.

“The weather (lately) has been perfect for fireworks,” he said. 

The fireworks

Thousands returned to Indian Hills after the sun set to watch the fireworks. The siren sounded just after 9 p.m. at the Indian Hills fire station to signal the start of the display.

Crowds “oohed” and “aahed” with each blast and boom.

“It definitely seemed like they were saving them up the last couple of years,” joked Paul Graham after the show. 

A soft rain started falling during the almost-hour-long pyrotechnics show. Attendees clapped and cheered as the sky lit up during the finale.

Graham said he was happy the fireworks show returned to Indian Hills.

“It’s a wonderful celebration every year here,” the Conifer resident said. “God bless America.”

Contact Daniel Laverty at 303-350-1042 or Daniel@evergreenco.com. Follow Daniel on Twitter @LavertyReports.


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