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July 4 Sparks Off in Colorado Springs

6-3 July 4th iStock_000002566648MediumWith blissful summer sun in the forecast, and local activities from fireworks to campfire cookouts, Independence Day is the perfect time to practice family togetherness. Here at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, families can enjoy dive-in movies on July 4 weekend, or roast marshmallows for gourmet s’mores over a roaring campfire while watching for sparkling lights on the horizon. In town, Independence Day promises awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays and wholesome events for the entire family.

Songs of Freedom

Get in the spirit of the season with our National Anthem and other All-American tunes as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents its annual July 4 Summer Symphony at Memorial Park. The free, family-friendly event features food, fireworks and performances by The Liberty Belles; a classically trained trio of vintage, bomber-era style singers. The dedicated troops from nearby Fort Carson will also make a guest appearance. The festivities start at 5:30. Stop by early to ensure prime seats for the area’s largest light show.

Make Living History

History books come to life at the Rock Ledge Ranch Family Fourth, where costumed reenactors showcase the red, white, and blue glory of our nation’s birth. Kids get a dose of education, wrapped in an entertaining package, as Abe Lincoln reads the Gettysburg address and Patrick Henry’s daughter recites the revolutionary’s famous “Give me Liberty” speech. From carnival games to period encampments complete with cookouts and military maneuvers, this annual tradition offers something for every history enthusiast. Kids can also cool off with refreshing summer picnic treats like lemonade, watermelon and old-fashioned sodas. The magic of history comes alive starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 6-17. Children 5 and under are free.

Small Town Celebration

It’s about an hour’s drive to Cripple Creek, but worth it if you’re looking for a quiet, traditional holiday in a picturesque setting. The town’s annual 4th of July Celebration has been running since 1900, and is recognized as having one of the best pyrotechnic displays in the state. Listen to live bands from noon until 10 p.m. (with a break for dinner), visit the beer garden and take in the gorgeous, bucolic scenery. The festivities culminate with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Main events are located in the parking lot at Bennett Ave. and Third St.

After experiencing the historical re-enactments and live entertainment Colorado Springs has to offer, return to Cheyenne Mountain Resort refreshed and ready to feast on our July Fourth Dinner Buffet. Served from 5-10 p.m. on Independence Day, this sumptuous supper includes prime rib and steamed snow crab claws served alongside regional American favorites such as green chili with cornbread, brined chicken and barbecued baby back ribs. Finish up with chocolate firecracker pops and apple pie to rival Mom’s (shh… we won’t tell her). Click here for full menu.  

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