Independence Day festivities in full swing in the Teller High Country
Fireworks, shows, concerts, competitions and patriotic demonstrations crown the weekend’s programming
Now that restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have ended locally, events for Independence Day and all weekend are back to full swing.
This year July 4th falls on a Sunday, making it a weekend filled with fun things to do.
Most of the festivities start on the Friday before the holidays and some run until Monday, July 5. And on Sundays there are so many events to choose from in the Ute Pass area that it would be difficult to attend all of them.
At Southern Teller, the festivities begin Friday with their special Gold Camp celebration. This year, Victor and Cripple Creek have teamed up and there will be a plethora of events over the weekend in both cities.
Cripple Creek and Victor Holiday Weekend Events
On Friday, the Holiday Weekend begins with a Patriotic 5K Run / Walk to be held at Mountain View Adventure Park in Cripple Creek. Registration for the event starts at 9:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. with a prize-giving ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday there will be more events in both cities throughout the day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Aspen Mine Center will be holding a sidewalk sale with an indoor and outdoor market on both days. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Heritage Center will host a Foundations of Freedom tour, an art exhibit, and education on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
In addition, during the weekend, the District Museum will offer a carnival with games and prizes. In addition, donkeys and food vendors set up in their parking lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Parks and Recreation building, they will feature archery lessons and open shooting hours throughout the two days. Donkeys will also perform at the Outlaws and Lawyers Museum where tours of the museum will also be arranged.
At 9:30 a.m., Mountain View Adventure Park will host a patriotic nine-hole golf tournament on Saturday and the park will be open for recreational activities on Sunday. At the city’s Memorial Park, there will be games and family activities as well as burgers and hot dogs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Town Hall Pocket Park there will be a beer garden, food vendors, donkeys and music from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. afternoon
In Victor on Saturday and Sunday there will be a Ute Trail Muzzleloaders exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and other events in the city. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the Victor Elks Lodge will host a barbecue on the porch until food runs out. And then at 1 p.m., they’ll have a patriotic shoot on Saturday only.
The Lowell Thomas Museum will be hosting cemetery tours throughout the two days and in Wallace Park the kids’ games will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., live music will be played at Victor’s Plaza on Saturday.
Sunday at the end of all the festivities, the city will unveil its famous fireworks display. Around 9:30 p.m. or 20 minutes after dark, the longest fireworks display in the region will be fired from the south side of town. Therefore, people will be able to see fireworks from just about anywhere in the city. It has become one of the best fireworks in southern Colorado.
Woodland Park Events
At Woodland Park, some holiday events also start on Saturdays. At the City Library’s Rotary Terrace Woodland Park Community Singers, singers will sing patriotic songs starting at 2 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Dinosaur Resource Center will host its annual craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday is when holiday events really kick off in the City Above the Clouds. Starting at 9 a.m., the city will host its famous Independence Day celebration at Memorial Park.
“The old-fashioned July 4th celebration includes: activities for kids, food court, live music and performers, artists, artisans, beer garden, fire truck rides , flag raising, while the Symphony of the Wind performs and much more. Said event organizer Gayle Gross.
After the celebration ends at 3 p.m., people can then head to a rock ‘n’ roll concert at the pavilion of the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Starting at 3:30 pm, people can listen to live music at the Pavilion, starting with MissFire and a Bob Seger tribute band called “Still the Same”. The Sisters of Rock will then perform classic rock hits by famous female artists to close the show.
In addition, this year the annual cemetery exploration of the Ute Pass Historical Society returns to town. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., tours of the Woodland Park Cemetery are scheduled for those interested in learning more about the city’s rich history.
Charis Bible College will also host a special free live performance for Independence Day. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and just before the musical, at 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s department will present the color guard for the flag. The show “In God We Trust” will then start at 3 pm. Events at Charis will continue July 5-9 as they host their annual summer family Bible conference.
On July 5, the annual Symphony Above the Clouds will return to Woodland Park Middle School this year, but with a new lineup of performers. Since the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will not be performing anywhere this year due to contract disputes with the union, the event will bring together all local artists. The Cari Dell Trio, Swing Factory and Woodland Park Wind Symphony will appear as the main performers instead, starting at 5 p.m.
At the bottom of the pass
Green Mountain Falls, meanwhile, will be animated by its annual Green Box Arts festival. It is a multi-week festival, crowned with ballet, theater, musical performances, neighborhood parties, guided hikes and a variety of workshops. On July 4th, the festival takes it to the next level with a Block Party at the Green Box Farm Stand (next to The Pantry restaurant), starting at 7 p.m.
The flagship group is Collective Groves, forged from the timeless grooves of the golden age of soul and many contemporary rhythms. This group is made up of some of southern Colorado’s finest musicians and features dance tunes from the 60s to the present day, including Bruno Mars, The Temptations, Chicago, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Prince and more. On July 3, the festival offers one of its lightest moments, with the Dog Parade at 1:30 pm In addition, a Mayors’ Forum will be held the same day at Wildwood Church from noon to 1 pm . For more information about the festival, visit greenboxarts.org.