Since the 1970s, the Pueblo West Metropolitan District has celebrated Independence Day with a splash. What began as typical hot July morning, as Fire Chief Jack Fowler sprayed a crowd of sweaty spectators with a fire hose along the parade route, has now turned into the largest wet parade and water fight west of the Mississippi.
Each Independence Day, the parade route along Joe Martinez Boulevard is transformed into a winding stream of blasting water cannons and squirt guns. Those brave enough to participate in the battle park along the route early in the morning. The beds of pickups are transformed into holding tanks, containing hundreds of gallons of water - easy access for quick reloads - and plenty of ammunition for the duration of the parade.4th of July Parade
For those who wish to stay dry, there is a section along the beginning of the parade route where water is forbidden. It is also suggested to bring a canopy or plastic to shield away the water. There is also a dry section of the parade, where entrants can enjoy the scene in an antique automobile or on horseback.
At sundown, the Pueblo West Fire Department orchestrates a display of fireworks that can be seen from almost every property in Pueblo West. There is also food, businesses, and a craft vendor fair at Civic Center Drive.
More information will become available in June.