Press Release

History Colorado Center's Free "Colorado Day" Festivities Coming Thursday, August 1

1200 Broadway | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | | #HipToBeSquare

DENVER, Colo. (July 15, 2019) – The Centennial State celebrates its 143rd birthday on Thursday, August 1. More than 20 partner attractions—from alpacas to art cars to Smokey Bear—come together at History Colorado Center to create an epic day worthy of this momentous occasion.

Balloons, birthday cake, a bounce house, chalk art, folklorico dancers, face painting, live music, and photos with Denver mascots are just the tip of the snow cone at this carnivalesque gathering fit for an entire state. It’s all free! 

Colorado’s best birthday party is back, and better than ever, courtesy of a new presenting sponsorship from Denver7. This year’s celebration includes a first-ever outdoor block party in addition to great programming and performances inside. A historic day of entertainment awaits throughout four floors of interactive exhibits and the kid-favorite Summer Camp In.    

Amid all the fun and games, History Colorado also gets down to business: on Colorado Day it will announce the finalists for the 2019 Most Significant Object competition; name the winners of its Emerging Historians Award; and pass the role of official State Historian from Dr. Tom Noel to Dr. William Wei.

This party is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor block party closes at 2:30 p.m. Free guided tours also take place down the street, at the beautiful Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, once an hour on the half-hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. For more details and a complete schedule of events, visit History Colorado online. 

Not in Denver on August 1? All of History Colorado's museums throughout the state offer free museum admission on Colorado Day. For a complete list visit

Summer living is easy! No advance registration required. RTD brings you to the museum’s doorstep. Covered parking in the Cultural Center Complex Garage keeps your vehicle in the shade.

Did You Know?
• History Colorado Center was dubbed "the first great history museum of the 21st century" by Harold Closter of the Smithsonian. 
• Across 10 museums and historic sites statewide, History Colorado offers field trips to more than 600 schools per year.  
• History Colorado is home to the nation’s largest state-funded preservation program.

About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.

John Eding
Manager of Communications and PR
303-866-3670 |