It's America's 240th birthday. Let the celebrations commence. Here are four ways to celebrate Independence Day in the Pikes Peak region:
Get an early start. Stretch it out and get a solid pre-barbecue calorie burn in at the Palmer Lake July 4 Fun Run
. The 4-mile track starts at the Palmer Lake Santa Fe trailhead, ending in the town of Monument. Bring the kiddos along for the kids' Fun Run, which includes prizes, and stick around downtown Monument afterwards for the town's annual holiday parade. Entry fees start at $15, proceeds benefitting Palmer Lake Elementary School, the run starts at 7 a.m.
Beer and hotdogs are all well and good, but take some time beforehand to consider what you're celebrating. Today, join Mountain Fold Books for its annual "Whose America?" Fourth Community Read-Through of "great works of American dissent,"
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pay tribute to those whose struggle was harder than most — you'll have plenty of time to tear it up afterwards.
Now it's time for beer, corn hole and food. Lucky for you, it just so happens to be Red Leg Brewing Company's birthday too, and you're invited to the party
. Food trucks will be on-hand to help sop up some of 10 new beer releases you'll be enjoying throughout the day. It's free to attend, and chances are you'll be drinking and/or eating anyways. So why wouldn't you go? The party starts at noon.
Finally, it wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks, more food and beer and patriotic ballads. So make your way to Memorial park for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Summer Symphony
. It's free to attend, and picnics are welcome, with a beer garden and food vendors on-site. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m., fireworks begin after dark. Enjoy one of the Springs' staple summer events in lieu of those piddly fireworks you've been stashing in the closet.
So don your red, white and blues, and give a nod to the ol' Stars and Bars. Be safe, and have a happy Fourth of July.