Independence Day Sparkles at 10,200 feet in Leadville!
It was an action-packed Fourth of July weekend in Leadville. From the Firecracker 5k, to fireworks to a BBQ with root beer floats, and nearly perfect weather to match, when it comes to the 2-mile-high Independence Day Celebration, it was sparkles all around!
July 4th kicked off with the Firecracker 5k, seeing a sizeable increase in registration, with 200 racers lacing up to the start line. In the end, it was the hometown Leadville racers who rose to the top of the podium. Bob Sweeny took first place with a time of 18:30. He was followed closely by second place winner, Charles Bedford.
Rounding out the leader’s podium was third place winner and Highlands Ranch resident Bryce Urabel coming in at a time of 19:16. For the women, it was Leadville native Kelli McCall who took top honors, crossing the finish line at 23:59.
The Firecracker 5k is put on as a fundraiser for the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame; this year’s event also benefited the Skyline Youth Baseball League. For full race results: CLICK.
The parade crowds on Historic Harrison Avenue were spilling out into the streets, with the kids scrambling for their share of the candy being thrown by parade entrants. This year’s Annual Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce, was a sparkling sea of red, white and blue as businesses, individuals, and organizations patriotically marched down the avenue. The gigantic Eagle from the folks at Greater Heights Academy was particularly impressive, towering above with Harrison Avenue’s historic gems – nice job!
After the parade, hundreds of residents and spectators headed up to the Leadville/Lake County Airport afterward for the FREE BBQ provided by airport and Lake County Public Works staff. People waited in long lines to enjoy their tasty hot dog or hamburger while enjoying live music.
Attendees were then treated to an All-American root-beer float served up by the Leadville /Lake County Fire Rescue. In the past, the firefighters have held their annual ice cream social at the fire house downtown, but when they combined efforts with the airport BBQ this year, it turned into an all-out Leadville party! Hundreds not only enjoyed the food and music, but there were airplanes on display for the kiddos to see up close, as well as the classic car show, which was a big hit!
Independence Day ended with another spectacular fireworks display put on by the Leadville Lions Club. The Tony Hren Memorial Fireworks show is one of the group’s many summer events. This pyrotechnic show is sponsored in part by a generous memorial donation from Hren, who was also a former owner of the Sayer & McKee drugstore. For those who knew him, it’s a fitting tribute to one of Leadville’s civic leaders for many years.
So that wraps up another celebration of America’s birthday at 10,200 feet. Summer is definitely underway in the high country – get out there and enjoy it!
Vacation Bible School For Children Runs July 6 – 19
Leadville’s Holy Family Parish will be offering its Vacation Bible School for all children ages 5 – 13. The two week summer program begins today, July 6 and runs through Sunday, July 19.Vacation Bible School includes outdoors activities as well as Bible story lessons.
The program will meet from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the parish office, located next to Leadville’s historic Annunciation Church, 609 Poplar Street. Children can attend any or all of the days of the program.
The program includes studying some exciting stories from the Bible as well as food, activities, story-telling, games, songs and lots of fun!
For more information about this program or to register your child, please contact Reyna or Kathy in the parish office at 719-486-1382. They are also looking for additional volunteers to help with this large, engaging group of children. Whether it’s a day or week, more hands always help.