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Today the Fourth of July is synonymous with top-of-the-line pyrotechnic displays and big BBQ cookouts with the latest gas-grill technology. But how did we celebrate America before we could Instagram the moment? Find out at the Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration at Four Mile Historic Park, which will be hosting a patriotic celebration set in the Civil War, when the area’s oldest surviving home was built. Kids and adults alike can participate in such activities as tug of war and egg-and-spoon races, or buy a ride on a horse-drawn wagon while learning about the nation’s history from Uncle Sam, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson look-alikes.

“Four Mile is a place where we interpret and preserve Colorado history, and this event allows us to bring our national history into the picture as well,” says the park’s MacKenzie Pacifico. The Denver Concert Band will entertain with songs of the era, while the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry will share what life was like for both citizens and soldiers of the Old West. And in a nod to more modern traditions, the family-friendly gathering will have hamburgers and hot dogs for sale, along with other special treats.

The Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors, and free for children two and under. For more information, call 720-865-0800 or visit
Fri., July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2014


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