“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Erma Bombeck
With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner our thoughts turn to barbecue, parades, the red, white and blue, plenty of leisure time, family events, baseball games and of course fireworks. The Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks displays. Did you know that the first fireworks show to commemorate Independence Day were set off on July 4, 1777? According to many sources, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Congress authorized a display in Philadelphia. Other cities slowly caught on until it became an American tradition to celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display. So for many Colorado Springs residents there was disappointment over the cancellation of the city’s fireworks display but because of the extreme fire danger city officials felt they had no choice but to cancel. Very understandable after the Black Forest fire and the recent wildfires in our state. If fireworks have to be part of your celebration and you’re willing to take a road trip here’s a list of the July 4th Firework Shows throughout Colorado.
Start the holiday early with area festivals. This weekend:
June 30, 2013: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb celebrates 91 years in Colorado Springs. Fans of this exhilarating and unique racing event spent some time at the annual Fan Fest Friday evening. The event on Tejon Street was a free pre-race party complete with live music, food, beverages and time to hang out with the racers, race cars, volunteers, PPIHC officials and sponsors. June 28- June 30, 2013: Pikes Peak Celtic Festival at Memorial Park.
This is the first year for the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival which will bring Scottish and Irish food, music, traditional dancing, arts and crafts and more. See Pikes Peak Celtic Festival and The Colorado Springs Society of Friendly Sons & Daughters of Saint Patrick for more information. June 29, 2013: Bristol Mile Starting at 5:00 p.m. this one mile road race benefits the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center. June 29, 2013: Mountain of the Sun Music Festival Woodland Park, Colorado. Hosted by Aspen Valley Ranch this outdoors family-friendly music event features musicians, workshops and lots of community spirit. Special guests include the Flying W Wranglers, SHEL, The Farewell Drifters, The Abrams Brothers, Tony Furtado Band and more! A Waldo Canyon Fire Remembrance presentation is planned. Food is available but consider packing in your own picnic.
Fourth of July Colorado Springs 2013
Summer Symphony Fourth of July in Colorado Springs @ Memorial Park – July 4, 2013: Even though there are no fireworks at Memorial Park this year, the Fourth of July festivities are still on. Expect patriotic music from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, food, drinks and a laser light show. This is a free community event. This year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday so for many of us it’s a long holiday weekend with plenty of time for celebration. And with every holiday we have our traditional foods that accompany the day. America’s favorite Fourth of July foods include: potato salad, bbq, burgers, corn on the cob, hot dogs, baked beans, ice cream, and watermelon. Try some of these Fourth of July Favorites at your next picnic!
How will you celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado Springs? What’s your favorite holiday recipe?