Longmont area residents celebrate July 4 with neighborhood and community events – Longmont Times-Call
Summer is in full swing and July 4 is just six days away. If you haven’t planned a big pool party or a safe camping trip with the family, there are still plenty of options here in the Front Range to celebrate Independence Day.
While there are plenty of big shows for residents, some Longmont area residents also host small, ultra-local celebrations. Parades. at barbecues. to singing, to homemade fireworks (safely), here’s how a number of locals will enjoy a day filled with red, white and blue.
Annual 4th of July parade at Les Verts
When: 9:00 a.m. July 4
Or: 1158 Twin Peaks Circle
This parade may be small (it covers a one-block radius), but it’s full of heart.
“I grew up with a parade when I was little and we love doing it,” said Jean Goldstein, one of the organizers of the annual parade.
The parade is in its seventh year. Last year was a big year for the district, as it was the first parade since the 2013 floods, which particularly affected the Greens.
“Last year was really special because the firefighters came out and we gave them a special tribute,” Goldstein said.
Carnival of the handymen
When: 4 p.m. July 4
Or: 1840 Delaware Square
The local makerspace transforms into a party space for the Fourth. Enjoy a petting zoo with llamas, a flying drone show, and even homemade fireworks.
“There are a couple of really, really safe ways to make smoke bombs and things like that,” executive director Ron Thomas said.
There will also be local makers in attendance and tons of food from local food trucks. Stick around as the sun goes down as Tinkermill offers fantastic views of the Boulder County Fairgrounds fireworks display. The carnival is free for all, but a $5 donation is suggested if you and your family will be watching the party fireworks.
Niwot Community Association 4th of July Celebration
When: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8.30am-10.30am, bicycle decoration, balloon hats; 9am-10am, concert by the Semi-Marching Free Grange Band of Niwot; 11 a.m., parade.
Or: Downtown Niwot
A celebration at Whistle Stop Park will follow the parade. The Niwot Fire House Museum will be open for tours, and Anne Dyni will be selling and signing the book release “Around Niwot”, by Arcadia Publishing.
Great American Sing-A-Long
When: 3:00 p.m. July 5
Or: Westview Presbyterian Church, 1500 Hover St.
If you’re not getting your fill of American tunes and fun on the fourth, stop by Westview Presbyterian Church on the fifth for a Great American Sing-A-Long presented by University Libraries and the College of Music of ‘University of Colorado. Rock.
The sing-a-long, now in its ninth year and usually held at CU-Boulder, will be held at Longmont for the first time. There will be a choir, but audience participation is encouraged, so bring that child who loves to sing. It is free and open to the public.
Some major events
Independence Day Concert in the Park
When: Noon July 4
Or: Thompson Park (corner of Pratt Street and Fourth Avenue)
The Longmont Symphony will once again visit the park for their annual free concert. Enjoy some American Marches while having a picnic on this patriotic summer day.
Longmont Annual Fireworks Show
Or: Boulder County Fairgrounds (Hover Street and Boston Avenue)
When: 9:30 p.m. July 4
While you can’t drive to the fairgrounds to watch the show, there are plenty of places to watch Longmont’s annual fireworks, including your own backyard. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and the city’s website recommends being within a one-mile radius for the best view. You can also watch from the fenced area in front of the Jack Murphy Arena.
Colorado Firecracker Race
When: 8:00 a.m. July 4
Or: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers Street.
This massive race includes both a 4 mile and 4K course. Enjoy a community driven race through the city of Erie to start your Independence Day. There will even be crayfish porridge after the race. There is also a race reserved for children at 9:45 am. Registration is still open at www.coloradofirecrackerrun.com but prices rise as July 4 approaches.
4th at Firestone
When: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4
Or: fire stone
The City of Firestone takes the 4th of July seriously. There are events throughout the day, including a pancake breakfast, 5K and 10K, and fireworks. For more information on the wide range of patriotic and family activities, go to www.ci.firestone.co.us/4thatfirestone