Colorado Springs will never let you down when it comes to a wide availability of patriotic events. On the Fourth of July this year, you can welcome home the troops to the tunes of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (see Playing Around, page 34), load the family up in the SUV and tour the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site or wander up to Manitou Springs for the annual Buffalo BBQ. At Rock Ledge Ranch (off 30th Street by the entrance to Garden of the Gods), tour historic homes and teepees, listen to patriotic music by the Fountain Creek Brass Band, and enjoy carnival and lawn games. If that's not patriotic enough for you, Katharine Lee Bates will read the Gettysburg Address and Abe Lincoln the Declaration of Independence. Pack up a picnic or buy food there and stretch out on the lawn or by the pond for a relaxing Fourth with the family. Retired and active-duty military and their families are admitted free with identification.
Manitou Springs celebrates for two days, Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, at Soda Springs Park with Native American dancers, Old West gunfight re-enactments, trick roping, pony rides, and all manner of Colorado barbecued buffalo. Live music by Spider Murphy, Cripple Creek, Jim Young, The Storys and others, will culminate with international Celtic rock band The Elders, playing Sunday at 7 p.m. The Fourth caps off with fireworks from atop Red Mountain at around 9:30.
-- Kathryn Eastburn
capsule An Old-Fashioned Family Fourth at Rock Ledge Ranch
Off 30th Street by the entrance to Garden of the Gods
Sunday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 adults; $3 seniors and students; $1 children, under six are free. Retired and active-duty military families will be admitted free with their ID
For more information, call 578-6777
capsule Manitou Springs Annual Buffalo BBQ
Soda Springs Park, at the west end of the Manitou business district
Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
The Elders onstage Sunday at 7 p.m.; fireworks at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.