Did you know August 1st is Colorado Day?
Colorado Day is an unofficial annual state holiday celebrated in Colorado every year on August 1st, the day that Colorado was admitted to the United States in 1876. On Colorado Day, some museums in the state celebrate by offering residents (non-residents too of course, if you happen to be visiting on August 1st) free admission and many Colorado businesses celebrate with special offers and discounts. There are a lot of fun ways you can celebrate Colorado Day if you are a resident or currently staying in the Centennial State through the 1st.
Why not throw a Colorado Day party and have your friends and family over for an at home celebration? If the weather’s nice, you can grill out and cook some Rocky Mountain cuisine on an outdoor kitchen and BBQ island. Good Colorado fare could include juicy bison burgers, a venison stew, or a grilled Colorado style pizza. There are many good recipes online as well as hints and tricks for making a good grilled pizza (it’s the best way to make your own pizza!). But to make sure it’s a Colorado style pizza, just be sure to make the crust very thick and fluffy, and pile the ingredients high! Then have a dish of locally made Rocky Mountain honey ready to dip the pizza crust in after you finish each slice. The weather forecast for this August 1st across most of the state will be sunny and cloudy, with a chance of showers. If it ends up raining on Colorado Day, you can keep your party dry by entertaining outside under your furnished, covered pergola.
For games at your Colorado Day party, you could put together Colorado history trivia game and divide everyone up into a team to play. If you want to make a really interesting and fun game that everyone will remember and talk about forever, you can make “Trivial Pursuit” style cards with the questions divided up into different categories. One category could be Colorado politics. Another could be Colorado sports. Then Colorado celebrities, Colorado geography, and Colorado facts and figures. Or you can make any of your own categories. Write or print one question from each category on each card, then include the answers to each question on the other side. You can enjoy hearing your guests groan when you joke that you cut the cards out into the shape of the state of Colorado for Colorado Day!
Of course, another great way to enjoy Colorado Day with your Colorado Day meal and during some fiercely competitive rounds of Colorado history trivia, is to be sure and serve some nice locally brewed Colorado craft beer from one of the Centennial State’s many, many micro-breweries out of your built in kegerator. You may serve a Sawtooth Ale, Milk Stout, or Fade to Black from Longmont, Colorado’s Left-Hand Brewing Company (named after a local Native American chief). Another good choice of Colorado beers would be a Slam Dunkel or Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Company of Durango. If you like a good ale, try a G’Knight Imperial Red Ale or Dale’s Pale Ale from another Longmont brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery. Aurora’s also representing with a nice Hefeweizen or Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co. If you want a deep, high gravity, boozy beer with an ABV above 7%, try one of The Great Divide’s offerings from Denver Colorado, such as Yeti, Denver, Pale Ale, or the Old Ruffian (which has an ABV of 10.2%). GD’s beers are strong, but very drinkable.
Colorado is one of the most unique states in America with so much to offer. Enjoy celebrating Colorado Day at home with friends and family, don’t get too angry if you lose your own Colorado history trivia game, and be sure to drink responsibly.