The presidential inauguration is January 21st, and you don’t have to go to Washington D.C. to get a taste of this patriotic tradition. It only happens once every four years, so this is your chance to experience American history. From inauguration parties to local government, there are lots of different ways to support the event right here in the Mile High City. Here are a few of the best ways to experience the presidential inauguration in Denver.
Tour the Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Originally built in the 1890s, the Colorado state Capitol Building is an iconic piece of Denver’s landscape. From the beautiful gold dome to the stained-glass windows, rich tapestries and presidential portraits, this is a great place to visit to get in the patriotic spirit. Historical tours cover Colorado history and the Capitol construction while the Legislative Tour is perfect for school groups and students looking to get a better understanding of how the local government operates. Be sure to visit Mr. Brown’s Attic, the exhibit area between the third floor and the dome, which is still open during the current dome renovation project.
Throw a Political Movie Party
600 Downing St.
Denver, CO 80218
What better way to get into the presidential spirit than to throw an old-fashioned movie night? Pick up a few political classics like “Dave,” “All the Presidents Men,” “Air Force One” or even “Election” and invite all of your friends over for some fun. Cook up a few red, white and blue snacks or just pop a few bags of popcorn and you’ll be whistling “Hail to the Chief” in no time.
Volunteer for Your Political Party
Colorado Democratic Party
777 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Republican Party
5950 S. Willow Drive, Suite 302
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat because both parties are always in need of volunteers to get involved in the political process. From helping with basic office functions to helping to spread the word about important ballot issues and future candidates for office, your Democratic or Republican Party headquarters would welcome your call to volunteer. Both websites have forms that you can easily fill out to request more information on volunteering. Then, you can say that you helped get the next president elected in 2016.
Visit the History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
There is no better place in town to learn all about the history of the state than the History Colorado Center. With exhibits covering everything from the very beginnings of Colorado to modern-day Denver and the great arts and cultural scene, you are sure to learn a great deal about a state that was one of the most important deciding factors in the 2012 election. Be sure to check out the various lectures and tours that are offered, most included with the price of admission.
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Watch the Inauguration with Your family
January 21, 2013
It will be aired on every major television station, and it is always a historic and patriotic event. President Obama is sure to deliver a fascinating speech, one that will spark plenty of political debate. Most importantly, take the time to explain the process of election to your children. Go over the facts and explain the way the system works, and offer to answer any questions they may have. After all, your children are the voters of tomorrow, so it is crucial that they are educated today.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.