This year in Colorado, the 4th will be not just about freedom and patriotism, but also about what wonderful and caring people Coloradans and Americans are especially in times of trouble. The wildfires that have dominated the news are the largest in recent history, and the second largest in recorded state history. Because of the tremendous toll taken by these fires, private fireworks have been banned statewide due to fire danger. That means that municipal celebrations will be bigger and more well attended than usual. There are a lot of great municipal celebrations planned, so have a great 4th at any one of these fun, and free, events in the metro Denver area!
Independence Eve Celebration at Civic Center: There will be a free concert by the Colorado Symphony, who will play patriotic classics as well as a selection of classical and contemporary music. A lights show and firework display will complete the evening, but the best part is the show this year is dedicated to all those who protect our wonderful country, and especially the firefighters who have fought so valiantly and bravely to keep Colorado safe this summer. An uplifting and moving event like this will help bring Coloradans together, and strengthen their sense of community and resolve to help one another. In light of that indomitable spirit, Anadarko, one of the annual sponsors of the Independence Eve event, will match all mobile donations made that night, up to $25,000, to benefit the Colorado Fire Relief Fund.
Another great way to celebrate this 4th is at the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Denver's Four Mile Park. This all-day activity will have plenty for the family to do and see. There will be a Civil War Encampment and Firing Demonstration, old-fashioned crafts demonstration, and numerous children's activities including gold panning, games, and crafts. Wagon rides can be purchased as well as museum tours. See an old mountain man camp, and authentic Native American exhibits. There will also be concessions including old-fashioned kettle corn, wood stove cookies, and ice cream.
It's been a tough year so far in Colorado, but if there's anything, that Colorado's own history, as well as the United States' history, has taught us, it's that we can overcome almost any obstacle with our fierce determination, strength, and endless supply of goodwill and caring. And there is no better tradition to celebrate this year than that!