It's hot; it's dry, and we've all got to be careful with fire. That means no open burning, no campfires — but it does not mean no 4th of July fun.

Montrose is still planning its annual fireworks spectacular, to be launched as usual from atop Sunset Mesa (where there is little vegetation and not much to burn), pending wind and other conditions. That's at dusk on Independence Day. Multiple other towns in the region are also still planning fireworks, which you can read about here. 

But you don't have to wait until dark to celebrate. Montrose is also hosting a parade, starting at 10 a.m. July 4, from Pythian to Rio Grande avenues downtown. If you've got an awesome idea for a float you want to showcase, there is still time — until Monday, June 27 — to enter.

At 4 p.m. July 4, head to Cerise Park (Rotary Amphitheater), where a beer garden will serve the 21 and older crowd, and a food truck village will be selling plenty of fare. Get your spot early for the 5 p.m. concert by the Falconaires Air Force Academy Band. Girl Named Tom, the winner of The Voice competition in 2021, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., to rock you all the way to the fireworks show.

Oh, and if you're camping or heading outdoors? Keep up on fire restrictions here.