Cities prepare for Fourth of July celebrations


Northglenn and Thornton officials are gearing up for their individual Fourth of July celebrations.

Thornton’s event will be at the Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space, at 112th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

“The biggest change is that the event will begin earlier (4 p.m.) and that there will be three different bands performing throughout the afternoon and evening,” said Jan Kiehl, Thornton’s recreation manager.

Syke 96, the band that placed first at Thorntonfest’s Battle of the Bands competition, will perform from 4-5 p.m. The Thornton Community Band will play from 5:45-6:45 p.m. and the Kory Brunson Band will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Brunson will also sing the National Anthem after the Thornton Police and Fire Departments’ Color Guard presents the colors at about 7:25. Fireworks will begin at about 9:35 p.m., after the Mile Hi Skydiving parachutists land.

“A portion of the new Carpenter Park will be closed all day on July 3 and 4, as the crew will be preparing their set-up for the fireworks show,” Kiehl said. “There are maps and signage onsite defining the portion of the park that will be closed, and that information is also available online.

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Northglenn’s celebration at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 11801 Community Center Drive, kicks off at 6:30 a.m. with the Firecrackers & Flapjack Run and the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast.

“You talk to people around the community and they’ve been coming to this event for years,” said Northglenn Mayor Joyce Downing. “They get in early to get a good picnic spot with their grill and stay the entire day. We have a lot for them to do. There’s a car show, food vendors, play areas and contests.”

The second annual car show will be set up just west of the Northglenn Veterans Memorial on Community Center Drive. Trophies will be awarded for first place winners for the categories of People’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Interior and Best Paint at 2:15 p.m.

The Bike, Trike and Wheelchair Parade and Patriotic Pooch Parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. around Webster Lake. Children 3-11 are asked to decorate their bikes and wheelchairs in a Fourth of July theme. Following that parade will be the Patriotic Pooch Parade. Pet owners are asked to make sure their dogs are on a leash.

The Andy Hackbarth Band will play between 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the southeast area of the park right before the fireworks display.

“This year is special because we’re going to shoot the fireworks off of Webster Lake for the first time,” Downing said. “They’ll be out on a barge and should go up right in the center of everything.”


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