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When: Thursday, July 04, 2013

Leadville’s mountain-town hospitality will shine once again on July 4, when the town hosts its annual Independence Day celebration. Known for its colorful Old West heritage, beautiful mountain scenery and outdoor recreation, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America. With average high temperatures in the mid-70s this time of year, it’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat and explore one of Colorado’s most historic towns.

The Independence Day festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the Firecracker 5K. Registration is available prior to the race at the Lake County Courthouse at 505 Harrison Ave. At 10 a.m., the annual July Fourth Parade takes place on Harrison Ave., Leadville’s main thoroughfare. The Lake County Regional Airport will celebrate with a free bar-be-cue and aircraft displays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fuel discounts are available for pilots who fly in to North America’s highest airport. The Leadville/Lake County Fire Department will also host a free bar-be-cue at 816 Harrison Avenue immediately following the parade.

There are lots of options for enjoying the afternoon, or a long weekend, in Lake County. The streets of downtown Leadville are lined with inns, eateries, museums, antique stores and specialty shops filled with books, outdoor wear and gear, art, gifts, souvenirs and clothing.

A self-guided walking tour takes visitors through highlights of the 70-square-block National Historic District of Victorian Architecture, including the largest opera house west of the Mississippi, the saloon visited by Oscar Wilde and two historic 1879 churches. The paved Mineral Belt Trail loops the city for an 11.6-mile hike or bike ride packed with historic sites and mountain scenery. Maps are available at the Leadville Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 809 Harrison Avenue.

Guided tours are offered at The Delaware Hotel, including a Cemetery Stroll, Ghost Walk, Mainstreet Mayhem, Saloons and Brothels, and the Mining District. A two-and-a-half hour ride on the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad is a fun way to see the Arkansas River Valley and learn about Leadville’s history. Horseback rides and jeep tours also available.

Just outside of town, the scenic and tranquil Turquoise Lake and Mount Massive Golf Course — North America’s highest course — offer high-altitude recreation. Fifteen minutes south on US Highway 24, visitors to Twin Lakes can enjoy lunch, take a hike, cast a line on the shore of the state’s largest glacial lake and stroll through the historic 1880s village.

The evening will conclude with the Tony Hren Memorial Fireworks Display sponsored by the Leadville Lions Club at dusk. Conveniently located in the geographic center of Colorado, Leadville is just 103 miles west of Denver and 129 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, on US Highway 24, part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway. Lodging options include B&Bs, inns, an 1880s Victorian hotel, cabins, lodges, vacation rentals and modern motels. Information about lodging, shopping and dining in Lake County can be found at http://www.visitleadvillecolorado.com or by calling call 855-488-1222.

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