Party Like It’s 1871 at COS150 Parade and Festival

Happy 150th birthday Colorado Springs! Celebrate the city’s milestone and the Toyko Olympics at the ultimate birthday bash.

Colorado Springs has been partying all year like it’s 1871 with contests, exhibits and events, but the city’s 150th anniversary celebration will reach its crescendo with a full-scale parade and street festival on July 31. Themed festivities will run all day long to honor Colorado Springs’ storied past and celebrate its bright future.


Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. on Tejon Street with a “parade through time” to showcase key moments in the Springs’ history. It will be the first city parade since 2019, when COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of regular seasonal parades. More than 60 floats and entries from local businesses, community members and organizations will make their way from Cache la Poudre Street to the city’s newest signature street, Vermijo Avenue, for the follow-up festival.


Throughout the four blocks from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, attendees can enjoy five fun-filled zones running east to west:


  • Kids and Family
  • Pikes Peak Regional Culture and History
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Science and Technology
  • Tokyo Games Fan Fest

COS150 Downtown Map
COS150 Downtown Map


More than 60 booths and activities will commemorate 150 years of history and inspire the years to come. Guests can pan for gold, create a celebratory 150th anniversary hat and take on the Adventure Passport Challenge to learn more about the city’s history. There will also be authentic blacksmith demonstrations and cultural performances in Alamo Square Park. Plus, participants can enjoy 24 food trucks, beer gardens and live music from local bands, including Martini Shot.


Celebrating both the 2021 Olympic Games and Colorado Springs’ innovative spirit, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Jackie Joyner Kersee, Bonnie Blair and McKenna Geer, join the party for live panel discussions and autograph signings.


Want to celebrate the sesquicentennial but don’t want to miss a second of the Olympic games? The Tokyo Games Fan Fest zone features a live-streamed broadcast of the games on a theater-sized screen. And the Flying Aces trampoline group will perform high-flying sports demonstrations.


Even after the birthday bash dissipates, you can still find celebratory activities around town, including the Colorado Springs Then and Now: Celebrating 150 Years exhibit, the Sesquicentennial Scholar Series at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the ongoing Tree Challenge.


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