Leadville News – June 21

July 4th Fireworks Canceled for Leadville

Leadville’s Fourth of July celebration will be missing its special sparkle this year with the news that the annual fireworks display has been canceled. The Leadville Lions Club voted at their weekly meeting held in Leadville Today to cancel the Tony Hren Memorial Fireworks Display put on for the July 4th holiday. According to Lion Karen (Onderdonk): “Lions Club has voted to be safe this year and not put on 4th of July Fireworks.”

While no formal reason has been issued from the Club, with high heat, heavy winds and dry weather, fire safety is certainly a concern. In fact, the cancellation seems to be following suit with others across the state, as Colorado continues to battle several wildfires. Just last week, the cities of Telluride and Durango canceled their fireworks shows.

Of course, Leadvillites were already disappointed to learn that the annual July 4th Community Barbecue held at the Leadville Airport was canceled earlier this month due to a staffing shortage. But fear not, good patriots! You can still celebrate America’s Birthday in style. There’s the Fourth of July parade – why not put all that energy into building a fabulous float to march down historic Harrison  Avenue?!  And don’t forget about the the FireCracker 5k hosted by the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Plus when you live in America’s highest, there’s plenty of great local eateries, and incredible places to hike and identify all the red, white and blue wildflowers you can find! 

Stay Tuned to Leadville Today for any last minute Fourth of July news. And you can always send yours to info@leadvilletoday.com.


The Firecracker 5k is a family-friendly event held in downtown Leadville on July 4th. The event is sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Photo: Leadville Today

Annual Jewish Cemetery Clean Up This Weekend

Leadville is known for its cemeteries. People actually come to town specifically to spend time walking or driving thru the Evergreen, Hebrew and St. Joseph Cemeteries. And why not? Some of Colorado’s most interesting history and characters have found their final resting places right there on the edge of America’s highest city.

And this weekend, some of those dearly departed are going to receive a little sprucing up. This Saturday and Sunday is the Annual Leadville Jewish Cemetery Clean Up Weekend, on June 23 and 24. Now in its 22nd year, the event helps to beautify the Jewish Cemetery which is located adjacent to the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville. There are several events planned for what has become an annual pilgrimage for many from the front range Jewish Community. The public is welcome.

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“Many hands make light work,” was the case at the 21st Annual Jewish Cemetery Clean Up in Leadville in 2017. Photo: Leadville Today

On Saturday, June 23 the day begins at 10 a.m. at the Temple Isreal located at the corner of W. 4th and Pine Streets in Leadville. The Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Sara Gilbert with Torah reading. Kippot are provided for those who wish to wear one. Please bring your tallis if you wish to wear one. Casual dress, blue jeans are fine. No food, drink, or animals are allowed in the Temple Israel building. Please refrain from taking photos during the service. A light kosher-style, dairy Kiddush will follow. Donations of food are most welcome. Note that there is no kosher supervision in Leadville. Those with special food needs (vegan, gluten-free, etc) may wish to bring their own food.

Then on Sunday, June 24 it’s work time. The day begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up at noon for clean up at the historic cemetery. Dress to get dirty! Bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, work or garden gloves, and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Cameras most welcome! Feel free to bring a small folding chair. Volunteers are asked to respect the grave-sites and leave your animals at home. Food will be provided, but there is no kosher supervision, and if you have special food needs (gluten- free, vegan, etc), you may wish to bring your own.

Starting in 1995, B’nai B’rith Denver has partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. The cemetery was re-consecrated in August 1999 and  is currently accepting new interments. The partnership has remained and annual volunteer clean ups have been continued every summer.

Here’s a video about the Leadville Jewish Cemetery 

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