4th of July Parade – Historic Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Have you ever been to the July 4th Parade in Georgetown, Colorado? To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve been to my fair share of small town parades. They’re fun if you know people who are actually in the parade – or to reconnect with your neighbors. But otherwise? Eh, if you didn’t get a better offer, brownie points to you for community spirit.

However …

This is our first July in Clear Creek County and we heard (or read somewhere) that Georgetown’s was one of the best small town parades in the country. Our son was busy preparing for our cookout with his friends, so we pulled a reverse adult move and left him to it while we headed off down the road.

WOW – Every person from the county, their mother and second cousin twice removed must have been in Georgetown for the parade! The turnout was mind-boggling. A sea of red, white and blue and everyone feeling festive.

The parade itself was surprisingly entertaining. It must have been – I took 125 photos in less than 2 hours! Historic buildings and mountains make for a stunning backdrop and sometimes I just don’t know when to quit. (So let me know if you were too busy to take your own – I have lots of pics to share).

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Anticipation

 

Georgetown July 4th Parade

 

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

 

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th Parade

Georgetown July 4th

Georgetown July 4th

Georgetown Annual July 4th BBQ

Georgetown Annual July 4th BBQ

Georgetown Annual July 4th BBQ

The annual post-parade BBQ looked and smelled terrific. We had stopped at The Flipping Flea and to talk with neighbors after the parade, so by the time we got to the park the line for BBQ was substantial.

But no worries, we got some great finds at the Flea and had a cookout to get back to. (If there hadn’t been a wait, the temptation would have been too great and we would have had to pretend to be hungry when we got back).

Next year we will definitely need to clear our schedule for a full day of Independence Day festivities in Clear Creek County. No dilly-dallying after the parade so we can be among the first to get our grub on and then head to Silver Plume for the ice cream social.

And then Idaho Springs or Georgetown for fireworks – unless we can see all the neighboring fireworks from atop the mountain. Now that would be worth hiking back down to the house in the dark.

A new brewery last month? Historic railway loop rides, antique stores and art galleries? Great restaurants, watering holes, homemade candy and ice cream? Oh Georgetown – you are fast becoming one of my favorite little mountain towns!

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