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4th of July 5K Run/Walk
Family Bike/Pet Parade
4th of July Parade*
Celebration in Town Center
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Pet Adoption Fair
Parking Options & Road Closures
*No candy or other items will be handed out at the parade for the safety of the children.
Start the party with a run/walk challenge along the scenic trail system of Highlands Ranch. The run will offer something special every mile. Proceeds benefit Developmental Pathways.
For more run information go to HRCA Independence Day 5K . Be sure to stick around for the July 4th celebration after the race.
The HRCA Family Pet & Bike Parade allows families to dress up everyone, including the pet and bikes, and show their patriotic spirit! Make a sign to identify your family, if you like. This patriotic parade is for children 2 - Grade 6. Parent must stay with child. FREE to participate. Registration not required. Families will stay together. The line up will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the street that runs between Garbanzo Restaurant and Jack in the Box. The parade route takes participants south on Hepburn to Highlands Ranch Parkway east and south into Town Center South parking lot. Families may then find a place to watch the Community Parade. Start Time – 8:45 a.m. Length of parade is .2 miles.
Family Bike and Pet Parade Staging Map
The Highlands Ranch Community Association’s (HRCA) annual Fourth of July Parade will bring the community together in celebration of our nation’s birth. The parade this year will honor our WWII veterans. HRCA’s is proud to honor three of its employees who served in World War II. Bill Harkness, Curt Chambers, and Dave Monroney will serve as Grand Marshals in this year’s parade.
Bill Harkness attended an aeronautical college during his senior year of high school with dreams of becoming a pilot. His dreams came true when he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. Bill served as a pilot of B17s and B29s with the 20th Air Force, 501 Bomb Group on the Mariana Islands in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 and continued flying charters and private flights until 1991. Bill has been an employee of HRCA for 15 years.
Curt Chambers enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 on August 15, 1945, the day the Japanese surrendered. He served on a repair ship (ARG-4) that repaired surrounding ships and carried service and medical records of nearby troops. Before his discharge on August 14, 1946, Curt served in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China. He has been an employee of HRCA for 22 years.
Dave Monroney entered the U.S. Navy on January 15, 1946 and was discharged on November 15, 1947. He was a radioman on a destroyer tender that patrolled the North China Sea near Tsingtao, China now known as Qingdao, China. Dave was then called to serve in Korea for one year. David has been with the HRCA for 6 years.
If you are a WWII veteran or know someone who is, we would like to have you join us so our community may salute you and thank you for your service.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., community members will line the streets of Highlands Ranch to enjoy a full day of celebration including the Family Bike & Pet Parade, the Community Parade, music, food, beer, a pet adoption fair, and a 5K race. Please note that due to safety concerns, there will be no candy distribution from any parade entry. For the safety of your children, please encourage them to stay out of the street.
Ed Greene with CBS4 will announce the parade.
Street closures will be from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. on July 4th .
Streets that will be closed are:
Highlands Ranch Parkway between Lucent and Broadway
Barrons Blvd. from Monument to Highlands Ranch Parkway
Ridgeline Blvd. from Blake Dr. to Monument
Ridgeline from Dorchester to Highlands Ranch Parkway
Blake Dr. from Ridgeline Blvd. to Highlands Ranch Parkway
Bicycle parking in front of Cold Stone Creamery
Safeway shopping center parking lot
Home Depot parking lot
Highlands Ranch Library
Tattered Cover Book Store parking lot
Super Target parking lot. Enter through Town Center Blvd. & Sgt. Chris Falkel Dr. (Do NOT enter from Lucent due to parade staging)
Parade Route Map
This great event is bigger and better than ever! Be sure to stop at Town Center North and South as both sides will be filled with entertainment for all ages! Balloon Twisters, Face Painters, Vern’s Mini Train, Hayrack Rides, Games & Inflatables, and Live Music!
Be a part of the Celebration! Application
Town Center South Town Center North
10:00 a.m. – Parkside Band 10:45 a.m. Highlands Ranch Concert Band
12:30 p.m. – The Jay & Neil Show 12:30 p.m. Peneplain Trio
2:00 p.m. – Hot Dog Eating Contest Registration 3:00 p.m. – Call Us A Cab
2:30 p.m. – Hot Dog Eating Contest 5:30 p.m. – After Midnight
3:00 p.m. - Eclipse- The Music of Journey
5:30 p.m. – Mint Edition
Civic Green Park
7:30 p.m. - The Nacho Men
The four HRCA Tents will be Selling:
Beverages: Bud Beer $5, Bud Light Lime $5, Stella Artois $5, Lime-a-Rita $5, soda $1, water $1 TICKETS OR CASH
** Anyone purchasing alcohol must present a valid ID and must wear a wrist bracelet. No exceptions.
Tickets: $1.00 each. Tickets are needed for rides and games, which cost between 1 - 7 tickets each. NO REFUNDS. Tickets may be exchanged for merchandise such as beer, pop, water, or Midway games, kiddie rides, etc. Tickets are not accepted by food vendors on the square.
Other Tid Bits:
Food: CASH ONLY -
Town Center South: Bistro Colorado - Food Truck
Town Center North: East Coast Joes - Food Truck
South Side Restaurants: Jamba Juice, Cold Stone, Qdoba, Epic Grill, Egg and I (Breakfast and lunch only), Tattered Cover (sandwiches and beverages), Old Blinking Light, Lansdowne Arms, Cold Stone (Ice Cream), Bernie Hot Dogs,
North Side Restaurants: Garbanzos, Which Wich, Fujiyama, Little Ceaser's Pizza and Denny's
Restrooms: Port-o-Lets are located near the back doors to Tattered Cover in Town Center South and on the west side of the square in Town Center North.
Lost and Found: Children lost in Town Center should be brought to the stage. Lost items should be taken to Center of Information
First Aid: Any HRCA sales tent.
Don't miss seeing the race to eat the most hot dogs. This contest is sponsored by Bernie's Hot Dog Co. Registration is Wednesday, July 4th 2:00 p.m. at main stage. Limited to first 25 participants. Registration will be held on July 4th at 2:30 at the Main Stage in Town Center South.
Looking for love? On the lawn in the Square, noon - 4:00 p.m. you can check out the pet picks from your local shelters. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
See Parade for morning road closures.
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