Hello, my dear newsletter readers.
I hope your week is off to a great start as we slide into the weekend soon. With Fourth of July coming up, there is plenty of fun to be had, but that's not all on the agenda. Here's what to know ...
... This week
Ready for some Fourth fun?
After paring down its Fourth of July festivities over the past two years, Fort Collins is back with a bang — literally. Fireworks are back in City Park and will cap off a full day of Independence Day offerings Saturday. The day will start with a golf tournament and Firekracker 5K in the morning and be followed by a community parade down Mountain Avenue, baseball games in City Park, trolley rides, free live music and, of course, fireworks. For the full schedule of Fort Collins events, and more Fourth of July options across Northern Colorado, check out my latest guide to the holiday weekend.
Whosits and whatsits galore
Who has missed Old Town's little shop of wonders? Swampgas & Gossamer, a small Pine Street storefront bursting with odd antiques, unusual finds and art installations, is reopening to the public Friday after a two-year pandemic closure. The space is free to enter and peruse, with nothing for sale. Instead, owner Les Sunde said the only form of payment he takes from Swampgas & Gossamer visitors is conversation — something he's missed since closing its doors at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The shop will reopen Friday and will likely be open Friday and Saturday evenings, with no set hours in place.
A blast from the past
Did you know there are some time capsules located in our own backyard? Midcentury modern homes — some nearly frozen in time from the 1950s — will be on display during one of Fort Collins' first dedicated mid-century modern home tours later this year. The tour, hosted by Hairpin Homes, will feature a mix of preserved and renovated mid-century marvels. Do you have a home worth showing off? Check out my story on the tour and how to sign up.
This week's must read
Can you believe it's almost July? I sure can't. Don't fret, though. There is still plenty of summer fun to be had in Fort Collins. Here are eight things to do, from outdoor movie series to farmers markets and festivals.
That's it for me this week. Have a fun and safe weekend, all.
Yours in totally nerding out over that featured 1958 midmod home,
Erin Udell reports on news, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at ErinUdell@coloradoan.com. The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. If not, sign up for a digital subscription to the Coloradoan today.
This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: Fourth of July is back with a bang in Fort Collins