Grand County Tourism Board Announces U.S. Constitution Day Festival in Grand Lake, Colo.

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Grand County Tourism Board announced today that the scenic mountain town of Grand Lake, Colo., will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S Constitution Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day-long celebration of the nation’s founding and history. Events will include a patriotic parade, pie bake sale, and outdoor DJ dance party at Town Park. State and local elected officials, and judges, will highlight the afternoon constitution ceremony and educational activities. The town also will provide family fun activities in Town Park. The day will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza – with the fireworks originally slated for Fourth of July use.

Grand Lake will host a Constitution Day celebration in September.

Fireworks may traditionally mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but what better day than Constitution Day to mark the founding of our country and its organization?

This summer, when drought conditions and fires plagued much of Colorado, many towns throughout the state replaced traditional Fourth of July fireworks with other holiday celebrations. Now, one town is planning to use its fireworks for a fall patriotic celebration.

The scenic mountain town of Grand Lake, Colo., will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S Constitution Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day-long celebration of the nation’s founding and history. Events will include a patriotic parade, pie bake sale, and outdoor DJ dance party at Town Park. State and local elected officials, and judges, will highlight the afternoon constitution ceremony and educational activities. The town also will provide family fun activities in Town Park. The day will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza – with the fireworks originally slated for Fourth of July use.

In 1787, on Sept. 17, 42 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting at Philadelphia’s State House (now Independence Hall). They faced only one item of business on the agenda: to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. A total of 39 of the delegates signed the new document, which clearly defined and separated the powers of the central government, powers of the states, the rights of the people, and how the representatives of the people should be elected.

“These 39 individuals changed the course of history on this day,” says Lisa Jenkins, executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce. “Fireworks may traditionally mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but what better day than Constitution Day to mark the founding of our country and its organization?”

Grand Lake, Colo. (http://www.grandlakechamber.com)
Grand Lake, Colo., is a historic mountain town nestled beneath craggy, snow-capped mountain peaks in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Located just 100 miles west of Denver, Grand Lake sits at the edge of Colorado’s largest natural lake, and is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Grand Lake’s extensive outdoor recreation activities include fly fishing, boating, sailing, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, camping in the summer, and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, tubing and ice fishing in the winter. The town is home to the acclaimed Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater, and its famous Old West boardwalk, lined with 60 shops, restaurants and galleries.

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