DENVER (CBS4) – August 1 marks the 140th birthday of the state of Colorado.

Known as ‘Colorado Day,’ many residents come together to celebrate the best of the state, whether it be music, recreation, or history.

In honor of the creation of colorful Colorado, several entities are offering free deals for residents to enjoy what they love most.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving entrance fees to all 42 state parks in honor of Colorado Day. They’ve compiled a list of some suggestions if you can’t decide. Permits are still required for fishing and camping, but entry is free.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park (credit: CBS)

The History Colorado museum is honoring the state’s 140th birthday with free entry. The day will also feature food, music, and other activities. Admission is free all day statewide, at Byers-Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Museum, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, Fort Vasquez Museum, Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, and Trinidad History Museum.

A ceremony will also be held at the state capitol at 11 a.m., which includes the tolling of the Colorado Liberty Bell, patriotic fanfare, the reading of the Presidential Proclamation from Aug. 1, 1876, and more.

Musical performances will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and historical tours of the Capitol will begin at 1 p.m. and run every half hour.

Colorado's state capitol in winter (credit: CBS)

Colorado’s state capitol in winter (credit: CBS)


Even Dunkin’ Donuts is helping to celebrate Colorado’s birthday, and is offering a free festive flag doughnut with the purchase of a cold brew coffee, through Aug. 7.


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