Barbeques. Sparklers. Picnics. Beer. It’s Independence Day, folks, the day we celebrate the beginning of the United States of America by launching explosives skyward to the oohs and ahs of our delighted citizens. The 4th of July is a festival of grilled meat and gunpowder and red, white and blue and in a city with five military installations, we tend to make a bit of a big to-do about the whole celebration. If you’re looking for fireworks shows in Colorado Springs, you’re going to be quite pleased, because there are many to be found in every area (which means you can probably do all right hanging out on the porch if you don’t want to travel). Check it out!
Fireworks in Memorial Park
One of the largest venues for fireworks in the city, Memorial Park offers grassy hills to park your blankets and listen to the sweet sounds of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. You can also catch The Liberty Belles, a trio of gals singing tunes from the WWII era decked out in fabulous ‘40s garb. The lake offers a pretty cool location to view the fireworks. Families with kids can park it next to the playground to help keep them entertained until the sky candy begins. Bring extra blankets, a flashlight, snacks, water and bug spray. Note: There isn’t a lot of parking right next to the park and streets get congested fast pre- and post-show. Save yourself some pain and park a couple blocks east. You won’t mind the extra steps when you jaunt home with 0 time spent in traffic.
Fireworks in Cripple Creek
Celebrate the 4th FIRST, on Saturday, July 1st! Enjoy your fireworks with some altitude! Journey up to Cripple Creek for live music, tasty foods and a show that lights up the mountains. During the day, you can take the family to the Mollie Kathleen Mine, or zip around on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Cripple Creek offers multiple places to dine, cool shops and a laid-back place to hang out. It’s chilly up in the mountains, even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes and blankets just in case. If you make a day of it, stay hydrated and be careful when hiking. You’re not at 6,000 feet anymore.
Fireworks at Sky Sox Stadium
If you want an American pastime overload, pair your fireworks with some good old fashioned baseball (and a couple stadium hot dogs). You’ll watch the Sky Sox battle the Nashville Sounds and be treated to an excellent fireworks show after dark. As a bonus, the first 1,000 fans through the door will get mini American flags. You’ll find tickets of all price levels, cheap parking and basically a perfect seat no matter where you end up. You know those weird hours you spend killing time waiting for just the right amount of darkness? You just found the perfect source of entertainment!
Fireworks in Manitou
With just about anywhere in town classified as a “good seat”, head over to Manitou Springs for all the entertainment your little heart can handle until the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department lights it up from Higginbotham Flats. Fill your pockets with quarters and play skeeball at the arcade, fill up on funnel cake or fare from the local restaurants, enjoy an ice cold beer or margarita, and celebrate our independence in style. Logistics: Parking is always tight and you’ll definitely be ticketed if you venture into residential areas. Best advice? Carpool and utilize the designated lot, use the street meters or park further out and take a walk.
Fireworks in Tri-Lakes
This little community makes Independence Day a giant celebration, starting with a pancake breakfast and fun run and then continuing the festivities throughout the day with a parade, a family-friendly beer garden and live music from noon-7 p.m. It all culminates in a fireworks show at dark right over the lake. Like all the other options, bring warm clothes, blankets, bug spray, snacks and water.
Fireworks on the 2nd: Ft. Carson
If you want to maximize your fireworks by doubling up, or simply can’t get out on the 4th, head over to Ft. Carson on Sunday, July 2. Gate 1 only will be open to non-ID visitors from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a pass will not be required. (No admission after 9 p.m.) Remember, this is a military base, so leave your fireworks, weapons, coolers, glass, non-service pets and anything else that might get you in trouble at home. Do bring money for the carnival rides and food, chairs and blankets. Did we mention there’s a hot rod show and live music from the 4th Infantry Division Band?
No matter where you live in the city, you’ll find a celebration near you! Pack up your favorite blankets, adorn yourself in glow bracelets and be prepared to be wowed by these amazing and awe-inspiring fireworks shows celebrating the 4th of July in Colorado Springs.
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