Press Release

Colorado is turning 141! Celebrate our statehood with History Colorado

The Colorado Day celebration includes free admission on August 1 at the History Colorado Center and statewide museums

DENVER – In honor of Colorado’s 141st birthday, the History Colorado Center and its associated museums throughout the state will be FREE to the public on August 1st.  Join us for fun hands-on ways to celebrate Colorado’s wild, colorful, historical, traditional and modern culture.

On August 1, 1876, Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation that made Colorado the 38th state. Now, 141 years later, “Colorado Day” is a time to celebrate what makes Colorado a unique and invaluable part of the United States.

“By empowering Coloradans in understanding and celebrating our rich history, we can all work together and look to building a better future,” said Steve W. Turner, Executive Director of History Colorado.

At the History Colorado Center, Colorado Day will be celebrated with live performances and a full day of llamas, blacksmith demonstrations, a mountain man rendezvous tent and cook area, and a variety of activities and booths from Colorado Proud, Cabela's, Aurora Public Library, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and more.

In addition to the daylong festivities, at 11:15 a.m. museum visitors are invited to enjoy birthday cake along with Governor John Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.

Cap off the day and enjoy happy hour at our weekly event, History Buffs and Brews. History Colorado and partners, Great Divide Brewing Company and the Rendezvous Cafe will offer $3 beer specials, tasty appetizers, live music, and a full bar from 4 to 7 p.m.

History Colorado partners with Colorado Proud, of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, to bring these events to the public.

A very special thanks to this year’s Colorado Day entertainment sponsor Alpine Bank.

Statewide Celebrations
Not in Denver on August 1?  Make sure to visit one of History Colorado’s Community Museums for free museum admission. For a complete list of our Community Museums and Historic Sites, their hours, and locations visit
*The Georgetown Loop & Railroad will be operating under their usual ticketing prices.


History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state's memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit or call (303) HISTORY for more information.


Brooke Gladstone 
Communications Manager 
303-866-3670 |


About Colorado Proud
The Colorado Proud Program was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999 to promote Colorado food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the state. One of the goals of Colorado Proud is to make it easier for consumers to identify and purchase Colorado products by labeling them with the Colorado Proud logo. In 1999 the program started with 65 companies, and now the Colorado Proud Program has more than 2,400 members that include growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and associations statewide.