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Happy 138th Birthday Colorado!

Happy Colorado Day! 2014 marks Colorado's 138th year of statehood.
Happy Colorado Day! 2014 marks Colorado's 138th year of statehood.
photo courtesy of Mary Glass and Josh Bourassa

Today is Colorado Day, the anniversary of the day President Ulysses S. Grant officially made Colorado a state in 1876. Colorado became the 38th state 100 years after America celebrated its independence from England earning the newly formed state the nickname the centennial state. This year Colorado celebrates its 138th year in the union.

Colorado Day is on August 1 every year, but the holiday is often observed on the first Monday in August. It’s not a federally observed holiday and sadly few people get the day off work, but some local businesses, organizations and museums observe the holiday by offering free admission or providing free entertainment. So celebrate statehood the first weekend in August by taking advantage of these local deals around Colorado.

We Believe in Colorado Day

Denver’s Channel 7 is putting on the third annual We Believe in Colorado Day celebrating 138 years of statehood in downtown Denver on Friday, August 1. Starting at 10:30am the Denver Pavilions (Glenarm and 16th Street) will become the state’s largest birthday party with live music, games, a free Colorado flag t-shirt giveaway by 7 News, and of course cake.

History Colorado

Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 will be free days at History Colorado museums around the state like the History Colorado Center in Denver and the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin in Leadville. Visitors will enjoy not only free admission but also food, music, and dancing to celebrate the history of Colorado and the anniversary of its statehood.

Colorado State Parks

There are 42 state parks in Colorado, and on Monday, August 5 they’re all free. Specifically the entrance fee will be waived in celebration of Colorado Day; camping, boating, dog park or any individual fees for additional services will still apply. But getting in is good enough when it’s free, free, free.