July 4th was on a Tuesday this year and for whatever reason my company gave us Monday off as well. Makes sense honestly. Lots of people would have taken Monday off anyway so why not just give it to everyone. This resulted in a super long four day holiday weekend. This presented a great opportunity to travel and get a descent vacation in. After a lot of thinking I decided to head back to Denver for the weekend. No specific reason this time, I just love Denver.
I found an early morning flight that would get me to Denver before noon. So that meant almost a full day on Saturday and two full days before heading home. I was so busy working and trying to put my life together that I honestly didn’t plan much for this trip. Another reason I went to Denver is my familiarity with it. I knew if I went I would have a good time. There is just so much to do I knew I couldn’t get bored.
This time around I didn’t feel much like jamming my day with a ton of activities. For the most part I was really lazy. There was no need to get up early and stayed up late every night. The only real plan I had was visiting the Denver Art Museum. I was sad we didn’t make it here in April so this time it was the only thing I made sure I put on my to do list.
A really great museum with a varied collection of works. One thing I quickly noticed was all the western and Native American art. I shouldn’t be surprised but for some reason I was. I was also surprised to see a Claude Mont The Coastguards Cabin (Customs House) hanging on the wall. I have seen Mont’s stuff all over the country at this point. Its kind of amazing when you think about it. All these different art museum all have a Mont in their collection.
After a great day at the museum I walked out to what sounded like muffled voices and banging of drums. Across the street in Civic Center Park I found a protest. Not sure who organized it but it was definitely an anti-Trump rally. Maybe a few hundred people that marched from the park to the state capitol building. Surprisingly there were about a dozen Trump supporters who I thought were antagonistic but thankfully nothing happened. The police had a good present but were respectful with their distance. This is my third time to Denver this year and if memory serves me correctly I have seen a protest each trip. The locals are passionate and very vocal.
The rest of my time was spent just walking around the cities, drinking beer and eating. Brewery visits where limited this time around, only three new ones this trip. I have been staying at the Renaissance in Downtown and have already visited the closest breweries so much more walking is required now to see some new places. Stopped by Beryl’s Beer Co., Ratio Beerworks, and Bierstadt Lager. All around a good selection of breweries with Ratio being the best of the three in my opinion.
I love fireworks and was surprised to hear that Denver puts on a show in Civic Center Park on July 3rd. Not sure how many years this has been going on but it’s a local tradition to head down to the park July 3rd. After a long day of drinking and walking I eventually made my way to the park for the show. I wasn’t interested in the pre-fireworks festivities so arrived about 30 minutes before the display. Really cool display that was loud with lots of color.
God I love fireworks and while I might be biased I believe DC puts on one of the best Forth of July festivals in the nation. With that in mind my return flight on July 4th would get me back at a reasonable hour in the afternoon. My original thought was to arrive at IAD and head downtown before the fireworks start around 9pm. It was a great idea but in the end I just went home when I got back into town. It was a really long weekend filled with a ton of activities so by the time I landed all I wanted to do was go home and sleep. What sealed my decision was I was flying to Birmingham the following day. I was staying the rest of the week to train a new hire so felt no need to push myself to make it to DC. The fireworks in Denver fulfilled my itch for fireworks this season.
Another great time in Denver thanks to the four day Jul 4th weekend. As is usually my motive I drank some great beer and ate till I was full each day. This is a city that always has something going on and never leaves me bored. Already planning on going back over Veterans Day weekend to see LCD Soundsystem which will be awesome! Still working on getting a new job here in Portland so that could screw up my plans Veterans Day weekend but oh well. I would rather plan all this out then find airline tickets are to expensive or the show is sold out. Most of their north American tour is already sold out so I wanted to get my ticket before it was to late.