Just Moved to Colorado Springs? Here’s How to Celebrate 4th of July in Your New City

New to the Colorado Springs region and wondering how to celebrate Independence Day? Coloradans LOVE to celebrate 4th of July. In fact, the song “America the Beautiful” was inspired by a poem written about Pikes Peak!

Whether you want to watch fireworks, camp in the mountains, or picnic in the park, there is something for everyone in Colorado Springs on the 4th of July.

For Fireworks

Fireworks shows will be happening in various places in the Pikes Peak region. Manitou Springs Fire Department will shoot off fireworks beginning at 9 pm from Higginbotham Flats (across from Cave of the Winds on Hwy 24). The show can be seen from downtown Manitou and is free.

Memorial Park will also host its annual event, this year with live music from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Activities and concessions begin at 5:30 pm and the fireworks show starts at 9 pm. The event is free.

If sports are more your thing, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox will have post-game fireworks, as well as in-between-inning entertainment. The game against the Nashville Sounds begins at 7 pm; tickets start at $15.

And if you want to celebrate the 4th early, visit Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Sunday, July 2. From 5-8 pm there will be games, food, crafts, and outdoor education for the whole family. At 9:30 pm, watch the Fort Carson fireworks display.

All-Day Festivities

The Tri-Lake 4th of July Celebration will begin early with a 4-mile fun and pancake breakfast at 7 am. At 10 am, the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club will put on a parade in downtown Monument and the day will continue with live music, a street fair, beer garden, food vendors, and more. Finish the full-day of patriotic, family fun with the Palmer Lake Fireworks show. 

If you would rather celebrate a few days early, head to Cripple Creek on Saturday, July 1 for a family-friendly, full-day 4th of July Celebration. Beginning at 12 pm, festivities include live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and a fireworks display. The event is free.

Special Food and Drink Events

Cerberus Brewing Co. is tapping an Independent’s Day IPA on Friday, June 30 at 4 pm. $1 from every pint supports Medical Wheels and its mission.

On July 3, head to Manitou Springs for a Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest. From 5:30-8 pm, enjoy homemade pies and ice creams made by community members, as well as live music by Little London Winds. Pie is $2/slice; ice cream is $1/scoop.

Security Fire Department will also host its annual pancake breakfast from 6-11 am on the 4th of July, along with music and entertainment.

While this is not a comprehensive list of all the activities in Colorado Springs celebrating the 4th of July, we hope you find this list useful in exploring our wonderful city and your new home. Happy Independence Day!