It’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with barbeques, picnics, festivities and fun. Yes, that’s right, Independence Day is nearly here and we are stoked! It’s time to party ladies and gentlemen, and there are very few places in the country that can do it quite as spectacularly as Colorado Springs. This year, we’re sharing more than just fireworks celebrations, just in case the high temps and dry conditions result in cancelations. We’re a sub-alpine desert after all, so we have to be safety conscious. We know, we know, it’s a bummer to mention that and we’re crossing all our fingers (and our toes) that we’ll get to see the sky lit up with fabulous bursts of color. But, just in case, we’re gonna list some other options. First, on the docket though? Fireworks, of course.
Fireworks Displays in Colorado Springs (and Beyond)
We’re going to list these fast and furious and you may see some repeats later on because not every one of the venues is solely putting on a fireworks show. That means that while they may have to postpone or cancel, there will still be festivities.
Memorial Park Fireworks:
Grab a blanket or chairs and head over to Memorial Park, where you can chill out in the grass till dark. Watch out for all the road construction!
Fireworks in Cripple Creek:
High-elevation fun is the name of the fame when Colorado’s historic mining town puts on its much-loved fireworks display.
Fun Independence Day Alternatives in Colorado Springs
We are huge proponents of So Much More! And here in Colorado Springs, there’s always So Much More. If the fireworks are on, there’s no reason you can’t do both the activities below and hit the fireworks later on. That being said, we’ve compiled some other options to make the most of your 4th of July celebration.
4th of July Celebration in Old Colorado City:
Grab your neighbors and join Old Colorado City in Bancroft Park for the first annual community 4th of July picnic! There will be yard games, live music and lunch. Make sure to bring your chairs, picnic blankets and family to enjoy an afternoon in your neighborhood park! Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 & under.
Cripple Creek 4th of July Street Party:
For over 100 years, Cripple Creek has thrown one heck of a party to celebrate our nation’s independence. Starting at noon, you can enjoy live music, excellent food vendors and fun activities. You can also sightsee around town, visiting the Mollie Kathleen Mine, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and more. (So much more!)
Manitou Springs Free 4th of July Concert
Manitou’s favorite band Woodshed Red is performing a free concert at the Bud Ford Pavilion in Soda Springs Park, complete with brats, hot dogs, ice cream and ice cold beer from Manitou Brewing Company. Feel free to check out the town, hit the arcade, sip from the springs and generally make a day of it. The show runs from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Memorial Park Independence Day Symphony
You won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the incredible talents of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic as they jam to a live audience with patriotic tunes that are sure to inspire. If you get to the park early, you can also hear the very, very rad sounds of the Air Force Academy’s Blue Steel Ensemble, too.
We hope this list sets you up for a fabulous Fourth of July in Colorado Springs, whether it’s spent barbequing and dancing to live music, oohing and aahing to stunning fireworks, or all of the above.