Golden's 4th of July Festival turns 50 with music, family fun

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/4/22

It doesn’t get much more American than enjoying live music and eating food in the shade of a local park.

Golden celebrated Independence Day with its 50th annual 4th of July Festival. The annual event at Lions Park featured three bands, food trucks and more.

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Golden's 4th of July Festival turns 50 with music, family fun

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It doesn’t get much more American than enjoying live music and eating food in the shade of a local park. Perhaps the only thing missing was apple pie.

Golden celebrated Independence Day with its 50th annual 4th of July Festival. The annual event at Lions Park featured three bands, food trucks, and more, although it was missing its usual fireworks.

Thousands of people turned out for the festival, arriving by foot, scooter, bike and innertube.

The event is cohosted by the city and the Lions Club and raises about $30,000 annually. Co-organizer Sondra Welsh said the proceeds go toward local charities and scholarships for Golden High School students.

Many families, like the Patels of Broomfield, have made the festival part of their Independence Day traditions.

As his three children were playing with their new red-white-and-blue pinwheels, dad Jason Patel explained that his family loves coming every year for the live music, the people and the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Golden’s Sarah and Joe Heywood and their sons Ben and Max, 7 and 4, respectively, were new to the 4th of July Festival.

Sarah explained that the family is usually out of town for the holiday. However, since they were in Golden this year, they were “excited to try it out,” she said.

“The music brought us in,” Sarah continued.

Lakewood’s Tanya Spickard brought her 6-year-old daughter, Zoe, to enjoy the live music and Lions Park. Spickard said she’s attended the festival before, but she hasn’t been in a few years.

“We’re grateful to live in such a beautiful place,” she said. “… We love Golden.”

As much fun as it is for the attendees, it’s perhaps even more fun for the performers.

For newcomer Meniscus, the band that opened the festival, it was a little reunion show. The bandmates haven’t performed together in three years, but thought the festival would be “a great opportunity for us to play our music for friends, family and new fans,” lead singer and violinist Eric Ostberg said.

Keyboard player Eric Singer added that the event was amazing with “beautiful people and beautiful weather.”

While it was Meniscus’ first time in the lineup, Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts have enjoyed celebrating the holiday at Lions Park in recent years.

Vocalist and guitarist Ryan Chrys said the location is perfect: the park has lots of shade and it’s close to the creek. He also appreciates how the festival is a “true community event,” as it has everything and draws everyone — not just music fans.

“Thank you to the Golden community,” Chrys said of celebrating Independence Day at the festival, “and happy birthday, America!”

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