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Yup, it's the July 4th weekend again. And you're probably lookin' for a good fireworks display to sidle up to. You want to sit so close that the concussions rattle the barbecue and beer and ice cream in your belly, while all the babies nearby cry in their strollers. That's the sweet sound of patriotism.

Iron Horse Park, on the Fort Carson base, gets things started with The Fourth on the Third. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday with live music, food, inflatables, a giant slide and bungee trampoline and giveaways, followed by fireworks against Cheyenne Mountain. Call 526-4494 for more.

Area festivities on the 4th include:

Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The Fabulous July 4th Patriotic Celebration features a grand fireworks display, with cannons from the Fort Carson 4th Artillery Division and sounds from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. Music begins at 5 p.m. with local acts. The Philharmonic takes the stage at 8. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org. (This show repeats at Woodland Park Middle School as the Symphony Above the Clouds at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.)

Memorial Park, Corner of Park Street and Lake Avenue, Woodland Park. Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a fishing contest, bike parade, music, kids' activities and food. Call 686-0705.

Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road. Family Fourth Independence Day Celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features pony and wagon rides, carnival games, recitations of the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address, in addition to a Civil War encampment and Buffalo Soldiers. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com.

Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Buffalo Bar-B-Q runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday and features music, barbecued buffalo, old West re-enactments, Native American dancers, food and crafts. Fireworks go from 9 to 10 p.m. Call 685-9655 and 685-1444.

Sky Sox Stadium, 4385 Tutt Blvd. The Independence Day Extravaganza features large fireworks displays after the 7:05 p.m. games on July 4 and 5. Call 591-7699 or visit skysox.com.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, 4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City. Fourth of July Celebrations run 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Sunday and feature music, face painting, fireworks and free mini American flags. Visit royalgorgebridge.com or call 888/333-5597.

Downtown Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek 4th of July Celebration begins at 11 a.m. Friday and continues Saturday, with a fireworks display at dark, both nights. Event includes food, crafts, a beer garden, petting zoo, bike parade, watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests. Go to visitcripplecreek.com.

  • Don't worry: In the Pikes Peak region, it ain't all Bud and guts on the Fourth

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