Press Release

History Colorado Celebrates Colorado Day on Monday, August 1 with a Free Day Long Festival at the Museum

DENVER — July 20, 2022 — The Centennial State Celebrates its 146th Birthday on Monday, August 1. More than 20 attractions come together at the History Colorado Center (1200 N. Broadway) in Denver to create an epic free-day worthy of this momentous occasion.

This free event highlights some of the animals, experiences, cultures and items that help make our state so special. The History Colorado Center in Denver, the Center for Colorado Women’s History in Denver, El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, the Trinidad History Museum in Trinidad, and the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose also offer free admission on August 1. Visitor hours for statewide museums and details about free activities at History Colorado's museums can be found at

At the History Colorado Center, a historic day of entertainment awaits guests throughout four floors of interactive exhibits:

  • Gold panning and face painting takes place all day
  • Chalk artists join an alpaca petting zoo outside, along with mini-horses
  • Bernie the Avs mascot, Dinger the Rockies mascot, and Miles the Broncos mascot are all scheduled to entertain guests
  • Musical guests include taiko drummers, classical guitarist Flint Datino, and Colorado favorite Brothers of Brass   
  • Varua Motu Polynesia perform Tahitian dance
  • Angel Vigil as El Vaquero demonstrates bullwhip cracking and trick roping

Guest also have free access to exhibits throughout the museum such as:

  • Colorado Stories - From the mountains to the plains to the plateaus, Colorado’s people are as diverse as the places they call home.  Colorado Stories is a community based suite of exhibits with media- and artifact-rich galleries exploring the many ways Coloradans have created community. 
  • Denver A-Z  - Discover the heart, the art, the whimsy, and the energy of Denver's people, places, and moments in this lighthearted and immersive exhibit.  
  • Living West - This highly interactive exhibit explores how Colorado's environment has shaped human history, while at the same time, people's choices have shaped the land.  
  • Rainbows & Revolutions - A new exhibit that chronicles the hard fought LGBTQ+ movement in Colorado starting from the 1950s. 

RSVP for this free event at the History Colorado Center here.  Parking meters are available along Broadway, and covered parking is available at the Art Garage (1268 Lincoln St.) and the Cultural Center Complex Garage (65 W. 12th Ave.). Several RTD transit routes also serve the museum. The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 North Broadway in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. Information about accessibility at the History Colorado Center is available here.

Colorado Day is supported by Alpine Bank and Denver7.

About History Colorado

History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 143-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state.

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 and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.