Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
When I was a kid, my family would spend each Fourth of July picnicking in the afternoon at what was then called White House Ranch, and then brave the traffic around Memorial Park for Frisbees, fireworks and the 1812 Overture. Was I often, on our way out, trapped in the car with an explosive need to pee? Yes. Yes, I was. And it's that experience that I wish upon you, even though the real deal hasn't run in years. So do Fort Carson's free Red, White and BOOM!, starting today at 4. The base's Iron Horse Park (ftcarsonnow.com/?p=2501) will rock with music, games, food, merch and more. — Bryce Crawford