Happy 4th of July!
Independence Day means so much to our country. It represents our fight for freedom and how thankful we are for the men and women who have fought for our safety and independence. We wouldn't be here today without their sacrifice -- thank you to all of the men and women who have served! I am grateful to have grown up in a family where many relatives have been in the service, and value our family history and the principles in which our nation was founded upon. It truly is something that is taught generationally, and something I am very thankful for.
Given that I am a Fort Collins native, I figured I would provide a small list of things to do on the 4th of July in Northern Colorado.
1. Ride your bike to City Park in Fort Collins: I have memories from when I was just a small child of the 4th of July celebrations in City Park. Our family of 5 would ride our bikes to the park, find a spot to lay out our blankets, and enjoy the fireworks. We even bought the glow sticks sometimes! It gets a little bit crowded, but the magic of watching the fireworks of the lake is unbeatable. I've even camped out right in the middle of Mulberry St. if we got there too late to find a spot in the park.
2. Go to 4th of July BBQ: When we got older, my parents started throwing annual 4th of July BBQs. They built a house in Windsor in the early 2000s, and we could see the fireworks from several different cities (Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Etc.). They still have these parties some years. In fact, last year we actually dressed up as some historical figures (Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Etc.). Whatever you do, just have a good time! BBQs are a nice, laid back way to celebrate the 4th of July in Northern Colorado.
3. Watch the Fireworks at Horsetooth: Whether you drive, hike up the trail behind what used to be the stadium or find a good viewpoint somewhere, the fireworks are beautiful up at Horsetooth. If you do hike though, be wary of rattle snakes! One year we hiked up to the "A" to watch the fireworks and heard the rattlesnakes in the dark -- it was one of the scariest moments of my life. I was probably about 9 or 10 when we did this, and upset that we had broken our City Park tradition as is, so that wasn't my favorite memory. But, I have since adapted to change in the 20+ years since then and spent a few 4th of July evenings in the safe and beautiful parts of Horsetooth.
4. Go Use Your Sparklers, Smoke Bombs and Fireworks Outside of the City Limits: I learned this over the last year, but I believe that none of the above are allowed in the Fort Collins city limits. So if you do use something, make sure it's not in the city and be very wary of dry places which could be a fire hazard.
5. Go Watch the Fireworks in Another City: We have gone to the Windsor fireworks show several times, and they do an awesome job. I haven't been to Loveland, Greeley, Etc. for their shows, but I am sure they would as well. The Windsor one is a little easier to get in and out of compared to the Fort Collins show.
6. Run in the FireKracker 5k: If you like runs, this is where you should be! There used to be a similar race on the 4th of July where you could bring your pooch, but I don't think it's around anymore. Regardless, getting in some exercise before a big day of BBQ food is a great way to start the day.
7. Go to the 4th of July Parade: All the parades are quite entertaining. Some of my family members will actually be in the parade this year with a group of veterans in the community.
Whatever you do, BE SAFE and ENJOY!
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