4th of July 2020 LogoIndependence Day

While nothing is more American than celebrating our independence with our beloved neighbors and long-favored traditions, this year, the City of Montrose would like to invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with us virtually! 

Living in a small, close-knit community such as ours helps remind us, that even during these uncertain times, we can still pull strength from the vision held by our founding fathers when creating the land of the free, and home of the brave. So please, be sure to check back in with us for some fun and festive ways to help celebrate Independence Day ... because this virtual land was made for you and me!

4th of July 2020 Poetic PatriotPoetic Patriots Poetry Contest

The City of Montrose would like to encourage all you young, budding poets to channel your inner Francis Scott Key, and pen a poem of patriotism expressing your love for this country! 

Simple Rules:

  • Open to 3rd - 8th Grade (Last Completed Grade)
  • Poems will be judged on creativity, patriotism, and poetic technique
  • The winner will receive $100 in Montrose Bucks as well as their poem published in The Montrose Daily Press, The Montrose Mirror, and City of Montrose social media platforms for all to see from sea to shining sea!
  • Email submissions to aforan@cityofmontrose.org
  • Winner will be announced on July 4th!


Fireworks Voting Opens in new window

What About the Fireworks?

The city’s annual Independence Day fireworks display, one of the community’s most anticipated summertime traditions, has been canceled due to public health considerations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Not to despair. We’re considering the possibility of rescheduling the display to occur later in the year when some of the current uncertainties are resolved. Please take a few seconds to help us pick a date via our online poll

An alternative date will be released as soon as it is decided.

Photo Contest GraphicAmerica the Beautiful Photo Contest

Let’s see those purple mountains majesty above our fruited plains! We want to put the focus on our gorgeous community with this area-specific contest open to all ages! 

Easy Rules: 

  • Entries must be of Montrose and its immediate surroundings 
  • Photos may be nature, landscape or community-focused
  • This contest is open to all skillsets 
  • Email submissions to aforan@cityofmontrose.org
  • Deadline is July 1st 
  • By submitting your photo, you agree to allow the City of Montrose to use this photo for future uses.

Patriotic Porch Parade

There’s nothing quite like a Main Street Parade to help celebrate this nation’s birthday! Waving stars and stripes coupled with the beat of the marching band as smiling faces line the streets is a hometown and long-favored tradition. And while we will surely miss our parade this year, we encourage you to still get in the festive spirit from the comfort of your front porch!

Please be sure to share with us pictures of festively fashioned Fourth of July homes or businesses that you and your neighbors have taken the time and care to decorate in order to celebrate the birth of a nation! 

Use the hashtag #montroseco, or simply submit your photos to aforan@cityofmontrose.org to be featured here!


Ice Cream Social GraphicThe Semi-Social Ice Cream Social!

Freedom never tasted so sweet! The City of Montrose wants to help you celebrate America’s birthday with FREE red white and blue popsicles Friday, July 3, 2020, at these awesome food vendors (all while supplies last):

  • Dliciousfoodco (Storm King Distillery/West Main)
  • Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Que (S Townsend and E Oak Grove)
  • Katerina Loncheria (Demoret Park Main and Townsend)
  • Las Playitas Pupusa (Check back for location!)
  • The Polar Express Ice Cream Truck (ALL OVER TOWN!) 
  • A Taste of New Orleans Sno Balls (Demoret Park Main and Townsend)

Don’t feel like heading out? We’ll find you! Look for the Polar Express Ice Cream Truck weaving all throughout Montrose to help you cool off and rev up for a sun-filled holiday weekend!

Paint a Patriot!  

Online Drawing Tutorials for Kids

Let’s Get Quizzical

Time to flex your brain and see how much you know about the U.S. of A. with these fun and surprisingly challenging quizzes!