Fourth of July in the Foothills

Photos and story by Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/14/21

This year’s Fourth of July festivities were all about fun, music, camaraderie, family and more. The day began with the Freedom Run, a 5k that brought out more than 800 participants from the …

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Fourth of July in the Foothills

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This year’s Fourth of July festivities were all about fun, music, camaraderie, family and more.

The day began with the Freedom Run, a 5k that brought out more than 800 participants from the community and down the hill to start the day with a run or walk through the Hiwan area with a party afterward at Nick’s Pro Fitness. The race brings serious runners, joggers, walkers, families, kids and dogs to the 39th annual event that benefits Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Mount Evans provides home health care, palliative care, hospice, bereavement assistance, Camp Comfort for children who have lost a loved one, as well as emotional and spiritual needs assistance.

The Evergreen Music Festival was an all-day event at Buchanan Fields, featuring music, food, classic cars, bounce houses, tours through an Evergreen Fire/Rescue fire truck and more in an annual event that’s fun for the whole family. The event’s 2,100 attendees brought tents, umbrellas and other creative ways to block the sun as they listened to Jazzical Violin and Ovation West/Altezza, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, FACE vocal band, Thomas Cassell Voyager Project, Joe Bye & Friends and headliner DeVotchKa. Proceeds from the event support the Evergreen High School performing arts department.

The other Fourth of July mainstay in the foothills is the Indian Hills parade, which features about 10 minutes of classic cars, horses, floats and an honor guard, followed by at least 30 minutes of a drenching, soaking, all-in-good-fun water fight between Indian Hills firefighters and the crowd. Before the parade was a pancake breakfast, bounce houses, a 5k run and a visit by a Flight for Life helicopter.

All in all, Fourth of July in the foothills was a fun time for the entire community.

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