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It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. J. Horace McFarland

Happy Independence DayWhen we think of celebrating the Fourth of July, the first image that comes to mind is a summer night sky aglow with fireworks. Did you know that 63% of Americans attend a fireworks display on the 4th ? The holiday prominently features symbols of America. It’s a day to honor our troops. We display the American flag and red, white, and blue bunting. And we sing and listen to patriotic music. Customarily there’s local parades, picnics, and baseball games. Followed by outdoor activities for the kids, family picnics, barbeques and/or reunions and the emotive speeches of local politicians. For Americans, this is a day of remembrance and celebration. Independence Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, 241 years ago.

In 2017, the national holiday falls on Tuesday which for some makes for a long four-day holiday weekend of events in and around Colorado Springs.

Celebrating Fourth of July in Colorado Springs

Heading out of Colorado Springs for the holiday?

If you’re heading out of the city for the holiday weekend, there are plenty of festivals and firework shows scheduled in the rest of Colorado. For 2017, 303 Magazine offers a comprehensive list of “Every Single Fourth of July Fireworks Show We Could Find in Colorado.” But there’s also western classic events including the 132nd Annual Meeker Range Call Celebration, the 68th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo in Pagosa Springs and Steamboat Springs four day holiday celebration. All of these historical festivals feature rodeo, parades, music, art, fireworks and more.

Classic holiday foods

Cooking and eating is a big part of the holiday. 4th of July classic foods focus on American favorites; hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad and anything and everything you can cook on the grill. And yes! red, white and blue desserts. If homemade pie is one of your holiday favorites, consider entering your best recipe in the Manitou Springs Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest on July 3rd.

What are your favorite 4th of July foods? How will you celebrate the holiday?

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Saddletree Homes!