The old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Memorial Park is one of Woodland Park’s signature events. This year, it will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
The day is always great fun for families who enjoy visiting booths, playing games, eating delicious food as well as tasty treats. There’s beer, cocktails, and coffee drinks provided by BierWerks, 110 Reserve, and the Coffee Cottage. These three companies are the Beverage Champions of the 2022 activities.
The 4th of July celebration features patriotic music all day, hosted by Craig Harms, director of Woodland Park Wind Symphony. At noon, American Legion Post 1980 and VFW Post 6051 raise the American flag with musical accompaniment by the Symphony. It is always a popular activity.
Two top activities start the day at 9:30 am: yoga and a fishing tournament. Heather Wilson of Mountain Air Yoga is sponsoring a 30-minute yoga session. Meet Heather at the bandstand on the north side of the lake. Bring a yoga mat or towel. At the same time, Mountain Memorial Funeral Home sponsors the annual Fishing Derby. Meet on the west side of the lake, where they will have a table set. Children from 4 to 12 years old participate in the Derby. Fishing rods are provided and prizes will be awarded at 11:30 a.m., but winners must be present to claim their prize. Kids can catch up to two fish during the derby and win a prize based on the length of the fish they catch. Registration takes place on the day of the derby.
This year’s Independence Day partner is UCHealth. They are local to Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, located just west of Woodland Park. The hospital has all private rooms and is committed to providing compassionate, quality health care right here at home. Look for their tent in front of the main lodge. They are the main sponsor that makes this event possible.
3 on 3 basketball is something Gary Lays has brought to the celebration since he was a student at Woodland Park High School. We want to continue this incredible tradition, so please contact Gary to register. Fees are reasonable and the winning team gets cash! Call Gary at 719-433-3795.
Kenpo Karate and Colorado Phoenix Project present self-defense for beginners at 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. on the green in front of their clubhouse. They are located in the park on the west side of the grassy area near the creek. The other small lodges north of the lake also offer hourly activities. The Ute Pass Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Pikes Peak, and Toastmasters Above the Clouds provide opportunities for the community.
All vendors are requested to provide games or giveaways in their space. Here are a number of organizations that have already decided what they will do for people attending the event: Hoola Hoop Contest and Kazoos at the Ute Pass Symphony Guild booth, dog toys provided at the AARF booth, “guess the smell” for a prize at Mountain Glow Candles, balloons at Edward Jones, candy at the Mountain Top Cycling Club and Schwans ice cream at The Roshek Group – Coldwell Banker 1st Choice Realty booth.
This year, the entire park is alcohol-free, which means you can buy a drink from the south side of the park as well as the north side. And, you can freely walk through all the cabins without emptying your drink. This new extension of the “beer garden” brings new responsibilities. You are asked to refrain from bringing your own alcohol into the park. Also, after buying a drink inside the park, watch it closely and throw away your cup before you leave. We want to keep this beer garden expansion alive for many years to come.
The largest pavilion at the north end of the park is reserved for makeup. Twinkle the Clown brings several face painters with her to keep the lines short. The coast is $5 to $10, depending on the design a person wants to paint on their face. Tips are always appreciated. Please have exact change when visiting this stand.
Cartoonist Bill Crowley has the pavilion at the northeast corner of the park. It’s near the corner of Lake Avenue and Park Street. He’s a well-known cartoonist who does an amazing job.
The Watermelon Eating Contest is back by popular demand and takes place at 2 p.m. North of the Lake. There are two age categories: 6-10 and 11-15. First place winners receive prizes.
The Gunfighters of Gold Canyon are back! They’re bringing their Wild West town with them and will have a show at 11 a.m. Watch for this on the grassy area at the north end of the park.
For more information, contact SOAR’s Gayle Gross by email, [email protected], or by phone, 719-233-9902. You are welcome to make suggestions and get involved. A team has been assembled to make this event the best ever, and you are welcome!