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Publish Date: 7/2/2005

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Jackson Morrissey, 3, waves a flag while being pulled in his wagon Friday during the Neighborhood Learning Center of Niwot Fourth of July Parade. Children and their parents paraded around downtown with flags and decorated tricycles and wagons. Below: Four-year-old Elizabeth Kadlec holds a flag while “The Star Spangled Banner” plays. Times-Call/Erin McCracken

Things to do for your Fourth


ERIE

• Erie will host its Independence Day activities Sunday. Festivities will start at 11 a.m. with a barbecue at Masters Restaurant, 2700 Vista Parkway.

• A 15-minute fireworks display will be held at Vista Ridge’s golf driving range Sunday. The show will begin between 9:30 and 10 p.m. The public will be allowed to sit on a portion of the driving range near the Vista Ridge clubhouse.

• On July 4, the Erie Police Department will pair up with the Arapahoe Ridge neighborhood to host Safety Day. A bicycle parade will begin in the neighborhood at 10 a.m., and police and paramedics will be on hand to educate residents about safety awareness. Police will also be handing out free gun locks.

FIRESTONE

• The Third Annual Fourth at Firestone celebration begins at 5 p.m. at Miner’s Park, across from Firestone Town Hall at Grant Avenue and Second Street, and will include food, music, entertainment, an ice cream social, prize giveaways and games. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display at Saddleback Golf Club.

LONGMONT

• The Longmont Symphony Orchestra will play patriotic favorites in a free concert at Thompson Park, Fourth Avenue and Bross Street. The performance, which begins at noon, is expected to incorporate booming cannons.

• At 9:30 p.m., Radio Colorado Network and the city of Longmont will collaborate in a fireworks presentation at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. Complementary music will be broadcast on 1060 AM.

NIWOT

• Niwot’s Fourth celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Niwot Market in Cottonwood Square, 79th Street and Niwot Road. The town’s traditional holiday parade follows at 10:30 a.m. The celebration will continue through 3 p.m., with additional live music from the Niwot Community Band, food vendors, a wine tasting and a historical walking tour.

• At 10:45 a.m., the 60-member John Phillip Sousa Band will open Niwot’s new bandstand, off the Diagonal Highway, between Niwot Road and Second Avenue.

BOULDER

• Revolutionary drummers and the Cat in the Hat will lead a parade of children and their decorated bikes, strollers and wagons beginning at 11 a.m. on the lawn on the Canyon Boulevard side of the Main Boulder Public Library.

• There will be a free shuttle to the city’s annual fireworks display at Folsom Stadium. The shuttle will run every 10 minutes between 7 and 9 p.m. between the stadium and parking at free lots near Foleys on the northwest corner of 30th and Walnut streets.

DENVER

• The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Cherry Creek, off Second and Third avenues between Columbine and Steele streets.

• Blues Traveler will again play at Red Rocks Amphitheater as part of the venue’s annual Fourth of July concert. The concert starts at 6 p.m. General admission tickets cost $36.50 plus fees and are available through Ticketmaster.

• Following the Colorado Rockies game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field, there will be a fireworks display. The game starts at 6:05 p.m.

• Following the Colorado Rapids game vs. the Kansas City Wizards at Invesco Field at Mile High, there will be a fireworks display. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run $10-$25.

ESTES PARK

• Estes Park’s Fourth of July activities begin at 9 a.m., with the final day of a competitive Arabian Horse Show at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave. Admission is free.

• From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the town hosts the Coolest Car Show in Colorado, a display of old cars in Bond Park, off Elkhorn and MacGregor avenues. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

• The Stanley Hotel will host a live music festival from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring ska, rockabilly and swing on the hotel’s front lawn.

• The grandstands at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds will be choice seats for the town’s 9 p.m. fireworks display over Lake Estes.

GREELEY

• Fourth of July activities center around the annual Greeley Stampede rodeo, beginning with a 9 a.m. Independence Day parade at Island Grove Regional Park, 600 N. 14th Ave.

• Pro Rodeo Finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $6.50 to $20.

• Pop star Kelly Clarkson will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $22 to $47 and are available at King Soopers stores.

• Fireworks follow the concert at 10 p.m.

JAMESTOWN

• Jamestown’s Fourth of July will start with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, followed by the “World’s Goofiest Parade” at noon. Activities later in the day include children’s games at 1 p.m., a wood-splitting contest and pie and cake contests at 2 p.m., and live music all day. The celebration culminates with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

LOUISVILLE

• The city’s Fourth festivities begin with the annual “no-waste” picnic in Memory Square Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free brats and hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Music will include performances by the Monarch High School Jazz Combo, the Boulder Concert Band and the Vibe Tribe.

• Free swimming is available at Memory Square Pool all day long.

• Louisville’s annual bocce and horseshoe tournaments begin at 9 a.m. at the park.

• Activities continue into the evening with dinner at the “Red, White, and Blue food court” at Coal Creek Golf Course, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. There will be music from the Crystal Swing Band and entertainment for children. There is no parking at the golf course, but a free shuttle bus service will be run between the golf course and parking lots at Lowe’s, the Louisville Recreation Center and Monarch K-8. It will run from 6 to 11 p.m. American Legion Post 111 will launch a fireworks display at the golf course at around 9:15 p.m.

LOVELAND

• The city’s Fourth of July festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. at Hammond Amphitheater in North Lake Park, 29th Street and Taft Avenue, with the raising of the flag by the Colorado Patriots.

• From 2 to 4 p.m., Wendy Woo and the Woo Crew will play at the amphitheater, followed by a little Louisiana Dixieland with the Queen City Jazz Band. The final performance at 8 p.m. — “Star Spangled Spectacular” by the Loveland Concert Band — will be followed by a fireworks display.

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