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Monday, June 29, 2009

Say "Sesquincentennial Stroll" Five Times Really Fast.



For this year's July 4th and Boulder's 150th Birthday, the city of Boulder is celebrating with a Sesquicentennial Stroll. The day-long festivities include live music, tasty barbecue, arts and crafts, a bike parade and of course, fireworks.

The day begins at Chautauqua with an official welcome ceremony from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. followed by the Colorado Music Festival Brass Band with an outside performance accompanied by delicious barbecue in the dining hall. In the spirit of creating a sustainable city, this event will be zero-waste.

From 1:30 - 5:30 you are invited to stroll to six city sights for entertainment, education and fun. Make your way over to the Columbia Cemetery for a "Stroll with the Spirits" from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Or if you're looking for something a little more lively, check out the Fourth of July Children's Bike Parade in Central Park from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. (be there early to decorate). If your in the mood for some dessert after your barbecue, head to the Boulder History Museum for a Boulder birthday cake 1 - 4:30 p.m. While you're snacking wander their "Only in Boulder" exhibit while your tots pan for gold and get artsy. If you're interested in a brief history lesson, make your way to the CU Heritage Center and their "Boulder and CU Through the Years" exhibit from 1 - 4:30 p.m. If you're looking to make your Independence Day a more global experience, stroll down to Pearl Street 3 - 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Boulder's many Sister City communities in Africa, Asia and Central America. Or if you're ready to just sit back and relax with food and friends, join the Bluegrass Concert at Central Park 2 - 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the great Summer sun.

At 8 p.m. make your way to Ralphie's Independence Day Blast at Folsom Stadium for Boulder's 150th Birthday Party, music, and fireworks until 10 p.m.

If you're planning on attending the Sesquicentennial Stroll, park for FREE in Downtown Boulder and taking the HOP to Chautauqua.

Have a happy Fourth!

-Claire Little

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