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Celebrate the Red, White & Blue! 

When: Wed., July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2012
Price: $4-$8

In June 1940, Winston Churchill gave his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech, telling the House of Commons, much like today's smokejumpers might say, "We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air." But it's the victory in the battle with Britain that we celebrate today; and while the Waldo Canyon Fire has caused many Independence Day celebration cancellations, a few impromptu benefits have popped up. In Manitou Springs, bring a dozen cookies and join the Little Red Wagon Sidewalk Parade to show support for emergency personnel, businesses and your own neighbors; meet at 12:30 in the Tajine Alami parking lot (10 Old Man's Trail) for a 1 o'clock march to Soda Springs Park. Then hit Marika's Coffeehouse (739 Manitou Ave., marikascoffeehouse.com) for a day of music and art to raise money for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, starting at noon. Meanwhile, to show tradition is still kicking, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road, rockledgeranch.com) will throw its long-running July 4th party from 10 to 5 (tickets $4 to $8 per person, kids under 6 free). And finally, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) opens at 5:30 for its R&B and Hip-Hop for Hope Fire Relief Fundraiser featuring Kopesetik Soul, Musik Theory with Tony Exum Jr. and Armed Green and others. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be split between Care and Share and the Red Cross. — Bryce Crawford and Edie Adelstein

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