It was a Grand Olde Time, A Glorious Time!
It was an action-packed Fourth of July weekend in Leadville. From foot races, to fireworks and markets to marches with nearly perfect weather to match! When it comes to 2-mile-high Independence Day Celebrations, this was one to remember.
Friday, July 4th kicked off with the Firecracker 5k, attracting about 150 runners for a fun, festive race through the west side of town. This year’s male and female winners had an interesting connection, as Logan Goodwich, 20 and his mother Elizabeth Goodwich, 56, both of Louisville, took first place in the male and female divisions.
“I’ve never won anything,” said mom Goodwich as she posed proudly with her son, who took top honors overall with a time of 17:58.
Filling out the podium were two Leadville residents: in second was Dustin Moore, 27, and Charles Bedfore in third place. The race is a fundraiser for the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame.
Right after the race, people headed downtown like it was Boom Days! All to watch the Annual Fourth of July Parade sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce. It was a sea of red, white and blue as businesses, events, and of course, local politicians marched down historic Harrison Avenue.
Independence Day ended with another spectacular fireworks display put on by the Leadville Lions Club. The Tony Hren Memorial Fireworks show is one of the group’s many summer events. This pyrotechnic show is sponsored in part by a generous memorial donation from Hren, who was also a former owner of the Sayer & McKee drugstore. And it seems that Hren’s former business, is putting on a colorful display of its own, as Leadville artist BA Dallas completed his mountain-inspired mural on the boards in front of the collapsed building (see photo above).
Summer is definitely underway in the high country – get out there and enjoy it!