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5th-Annual Cemetery Crawl 

When: Mon., July 4, 1-3 p.m. 2016
Phone: 719/686-7512
Email: uphs@peakinter.net
Price: $5

The Fourth of July can be pretty overwhelming — traffic coming in and going out of town, be-all-end-all barbecues complete with overly-patriotic Jello molds and disposable wares, fireworks, illegal and sanctioned, and the hoards of spectators they draw — you get it. It's actually hard to find respite from the onslaught of the holiday weekend, unless you're 6 feet under. Now, don't go punching your proverbial ticket to the cemetery just to avoid another cartoon rendition of Uncle Sam, rather, buy yourself ticket to today's Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl, presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Yes, I am telling you to take a trip to one of your local cemeteries — and no, I'm not crazy. The annual event includes guided tours of the grounds where you'll hear the names and stories of some original area settlers laid to rest there — even see the characters incarnate, as depicted by talented reenactors. Besides, holiday weekends are meant for relaxation. Why not rest in peace with a nice, educational jaunt through the, uh, cemetery? 1-3 p.m., 605 Short St., Woodland Park, $5 (kids 12 and younger are free), utepasshistoricalsociety.org. — Craig Lemley

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