MONUMENT – Small maybe in size, but big on fun, Monument rolled out the red, white and blue carpet for a Fourth of July packed with an explosion of good times.

The highlight of the day was the parade – which circled around city park twice just to make sure everyone got a good look-see.

According to Lonnie Lawrence, one of the organizers, the numbers of entries was down slightly this year, but they had more classic cars participating.

Grand marshal Bob Cox, whose family pioneered the area, rode in style in a vintage Chevy driven by Rose Howe.

A spectacular red, white and blue float by the Strange and Bravos families won “best in show.”

The day kicked off with 5K and 10K runs on Top Road. Afternoon activities in the park included a wide variety of contests, children’s activities and family games.

The day concluded with a dazzling fireworks display over the river, sponsored by the city of Monument, with donations and volunteers from the community.

Results from the events will be in next week’s issue.

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