Event offers fun, fireworks on July 4

Posted 6/18/10

Thousands of people are expected to once again gather at Belleview, Cornerstone and Progress parks and the surrounding area for the annual July 4 …

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Event offers fun, fireworks on July 4


Thousands of people are expected to once again gather at Belleview, Cornerstone and Progress parks and the surrounding area for the annual July 4 Family Festival and Fireworks activities.

“This has been such a successful event each year that we don’t plan to make many changes to something that is working so well,” said Kraig Stovall, Englewood deputy fire chief and one of the event’s organizers. “Again this year, there will be food vendors, for-a-fee activities like the climbing wall, as well as free events like the watermelon-eating contest and, of course the fireworks finale.”

This is the 15th year communities have joined together to put on a July 4 celebration. For 2010, contributors and sponsors including Englewood, Littleton, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, Sheridan, Centennial and Arapahoe County.

Belleview, Cornerstone and Progress, the three parks clustered together that are near the intersection of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street, are the location for the celebration. The parks are open all day and people generally begin arriving early, pick a good spot to watch the fireworks and set up for the day. But July 4 activities like the games and attractions don't get under way until about 4 p.m.

One exception is the fishing derby held in the lake at Progress Park. Sign-up for the event starts at 8 a.m. and the derby runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Fishing usually is pretty good because the lake is generally stocked the night before with an abundance of trout.

Anglers should bring their own gear and those 16 and older are reminded they must have a valid fishing license to take part in the event.

However, event-goers are reminded that rules in all three parks prohibit bringing glass containers of any kind, alcoholic beverages or setting off any type of fireworks — including sparklers. Police will be patrolling the park on bikes to enforce the rules.

About 7 p.m. entertainment begins on the stage in Cornerstone Park featuring the Windjammer Jazz Orchestra.

The day’s activities wrap up about 9:30 p.m. with a countdown that launches the annual fireworks display. Usually, the display lasts about 20 minutes

Just like every year, parking is on a first-come, first-parked basis and close-in spots always are at a premium at Belleview and Cornerstone parks. Free parking also is available at the Littleton Service Center, 1800 W. Belleview Ave.

Event-goers are reminded no parting is permitted on the south side of West Prentice Avenue from Windermere to Hickory Street.

The tentative schedule of events for the parks includes:

Belleview Park, 5001 S. Inca St.

3 to 9 p.m. — Climbing wall pony rides and bounce house (fee required)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Lions Train and Children’s farm open.

5 to 6 p.m. — Duck races.

6 to 7 p.m. — Watermelon-eating contest.

Cornerstone Park, 5150 S. Windermere St.

10 a.m to 8 p.m. — Colorado Journey Miniature Golf Course (fee required)

1 to 5 p.m. — Field games for the whole family.

4 to 8 p.m. — sprayground, face painting

4 to 8:30 p.m. — Bounce house , a 66-foot Chinese dragon slide and obstacle course (fee required)

6 p.m. — Landing by AirLife helicopter.

7 to 9 p.m. — Live music by Windjammers

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display fired from the baseball field

Progress Park

8 a.m. to noon — Fishing derby (sign-up begins at 7 a.m.)


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