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Things to do for the 4th of July in Colorado Springs 2023

June 20, 2023

With all the recent rain, it’s tough to believe it’s really summer. Well, believe it or not, the 4th of July is sneaking up on us. Don’t sweat it – We’ve rounded up some great things to do for the 4th of July right here in Colorado Springs.

Get out and enjoy some Colorado summer sunshine and celebrate this festive holiday with family and friends.

Star-Spangled Symphony & July 4th Block Party

Check out our top pick for your Fourth of July plans: the “Star Spangled Symphony & Fourth of July Fireworks”. This event has been going strong for almost 50 years, combining the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s great music with awesome fireworks shows throughout the community.

The event features a free concert at the Pikes Peak Center, and free sweet treats will be handed out in neighborhoods around the area. If you can’t make it to the concert, no problem! The Star Spangled Symphony will be aired on five partner radio stations, so you can enjoy it from home while watching one or more of the 10+ community fireworks shows lighting up the night.

Location: Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 3:30 pm-7 pm

The adjacent street outside of the Pikes Peak Center will be closed for a block party to include food vendors, a beer garden, and a simultaneous broadcast of the concert outside on the north lawn.

  • 3:30 PM – Block Party
  • 4:30 PM – Philharmonic Concert
  • 7:00 PM – Block Party Ends
  • 9:00- 9:15 PM – Radio Broadcast and fireworks begin

Cost: The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Fireworks in the Pikes Peak Region

The following locations will host firework displays, weather, and fire-restriction permitting, with restricted on-site access. These shows will be visible to residents at their homes across the region.

Festival on the Fourth at Palmer Lake

Location: Palmer Lake

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023; Gates open at 3 pm Fireworks start at 9:15 PM

Cost: Free, parking $10

More Info: There will be food trucks, beer and wine garden, renaissance festival street performers, The Air Force Falcon, United States Air Force Academy Band, and The Pike’s Peak Highlanders bagpipes. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

TriLakes July 4th Pancake Breakfast

Location: 55 Jefferson St.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, 7:00-10:00 am

Cost: Free

More Info: The TriLakes celebration features a pancake breakfast, annual fun run, children’s parade, and main parade. The street fair features delicious food, arts & crafts vendors, a street dance, and multiple concerts. Park at Lewis-Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, and ride the bus to and from downtown Monument.

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Street Fair

Location: 2nd. & Washington St.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, 10:00 am

Cost: Free

More Info: The Chamber of Commerce is lining up a great mix of vendors for this street fair. You’ll find everything from classic festival foods to artsy stuff, and even get to know some local businesses. Plus, there’ll be non-profits there too, so you can learn what they’re all about.

Monument Hill Kiwanis 4th of July Parade

Location: Downtown Monument

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th. 2023. Childrens Parade starts at 9:30 am

Cost: Free

More Info: The Fourth of July parade in downtown Monument, is a long-standing tradition in the community. The day starts with a special parade just for the kids, which is always a highlight, and it’s something you really shouldn’t miss. After the kids’ parade, the main event follows, creating a full day of community-centric celebration. It’s a fun way to kick off the summer and celebrate Independence Day.

Woodland Park July 4th

Location: Memorial Park 200 North Park Street Woodland Park, CO 80863

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, 9 am – 3 pm, Fireworks set off from Woodland Park High School

Cost: Free

More Info: Lots of kid’s activities, a food court, live music and performers, artists, crafters, a beer garden, fire engine rides, the flag-raising while the Wind Symphony performs, and much much more!

Fireworks in Castle Rock

Drone Show in Castle Rock (July 4) – The Drones will liftoff from Philip S. Miller Park at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th. 2023.

Location: Philip S. Miller Park

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, approximately at 9:00 pm

More Info: This year, the town of Castle Rock is switching things up for July 4th. In response to the increased risk of wildfire, brought on by several years of dry summers and leading to the cancellation of traditional fireworks shows, they’ll be hosting a lighted drone show instead. A drone show is a type of performance where multiple drones, equipped with lights, fly in a coordinated manner to create shapes, patterns, and animations in the sky. This innovative approach not only minimizes the risk of wildfires, but also provides a visually stunning and eco-friendly alternative to conventional fireworks. So, expect a unique and mesmerizing spectacle as drones light up the night sky in Castle Rock this Fourth of July.

Old North End 4th of July Children’s Parade

Location: Old North End, Boddington Park, Colorado Springs, CO

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2022, 3 pm-5 pm

Cost: Free

Family Fourth at Rock Ledge Ranch

Location: Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site 3105 Gateway Road Colorado Springs 80904

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, 10 am-5 pm

Cost: $8 for adults, Youth $4, Seniors $5, and under free

More Info: Head over to Rock Ledge Ranch this Fourth of July for a family-friendly day outdoors. Engage in traditional carnival games in the Barn, and enjoy patriotic music at the Homestead Cabin. Grab a bite at the Carriage House if you get hungry, and explore the ranch’s historic sites as part of the day’s festivities. Don’t forget to stop by the General Store for an old-fashioned soda or popcorn, and maybe pick up a souvenir to remember the day.

Are Fireworks Legal in Colorado Springs?

Not to be a party pooper, but here is a little reminder that recreational fireworks are illegal in Colorado Springs and some outlying areas. That includes all fireworks with a fuse or that require a flame to ignite. Novelty items like snappers and poppers are allowed. For more information, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/fireworks.

In addition, El Paso County restricts both illegal and permissible fireworks in the incorporated cities to include Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Manitou Springs, and all United States Forest Service Lands. Check here for more info.

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