Colorado is pretty. It deserves to be celebrated. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
On August 1, Colorado will turn 141. The state holiday, known as “Colorado Day,” highlights Centennial pride with a number of promotions all week long.
From museum outings to food and drink, options abound for your annual occasion to display state pride. We pulled a number of discounts and deals for your enjoyment.
This doughnut could be yours for the low, low price of free. (Provided by Dunkin’ Donuts)
1. Colorado-themed donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts
Go to Dunkin’ Donuts any time from Monday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 6, for a free Colorado-themed doughnut with the purchase of any size cold brew coffee. The doughnut, styled after Colorado’s flag, features vanilla frosting, Bavarian crème, and blue, yellow and red icing. Don’t like coffee? The Centennial State doughnut will also be available for 99 cents the days of the promotion. Visit DunkinDonuts.com to find a participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant near you.
Whiskey being poured into a shoot glass at Stranahan’s in Denver Colorado, on February 23, 2017. (Amy Brothers, The Denver Post)
2. Free tours of Stranahan’s Distillery
Celebrate the holiday with a signature Centennial drink at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey distillery, where free tours from 2-7 p.m. will have you wishing Colorado Day came more than once a year. Each tour includes a special tasting and a free gift bag with a custom shirt. The distillery will also have food for purchase, live music and cocktail specials in the lounge, where the Barrel 5000 single-barrel whiskey will be on sale again, this day only. Best yet: All 21-and-over Colorado residents who stop by will be entered into a sweepstakes to win an all-expenses-paid, four-hour private distillery experience, valued at $3,000, for up to 20 of your closest friends that would feature a guided VIP tour with special tastings along with a fully catered dinner and cocktails in the lounge. All guests must be 21+. The distillery asks all guests to arrive at least 10 minutes early. Reservations can be made at stranahans.com.
Learn all about Western living and Colorado with the Living West exhibit at the History Colorado Center on Colorado Day. (Craig F. Walker, Denver Post file)
3. Free admission to History Colorado Center
As Colorado turns 141, History Colorado Center has partnered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to serve up birthday cake; booths from local businesses and nonprofits; live musical performances; blacksmith demonstrations, llamas, and a makeshift tent and cook area. Programming starts at 10:30 a.m., when Native American dancers will perform. Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Lynne will appear for cake at 11:15 a.m. Stay for West African drumming at 12:30 p.m. and performing parrots at 2:30 p.m. History Colorado’s Community Museums statewide will be offering free admission and activities. For a list of free participating sites, visit historycoloradocenter.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fishermen head out for a day at the lake at Chatfield State Park, November 25, 2016. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
4. Free admission to Colorado state parks
Celebrate Colorado Day on August 7 with free entrance into all state parks. Colorado’s 41 state parks feature the best of nature and wildlife from the Rocky Mountain region. Be sure to dust off the hiking boots and grab your sunscreen. From Stagecoach to Steamboat Lake, a state park near you beckons. Visit cpw.state.co.us/colorado-day for more information.
Steuben’s at 523 E. 17th Ave. will participate in Colorado Day deals. (Cyrus McCrimmon, Denver Post file)
5. Dessert deals at Steuben’s
The Steuben’s Uptown and Arvada locations will be celebrating Colorado Day with a sweet twist. All day on Tuesday diners can enjoy scoops of Rocky Mountain Road ice cream (chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and trail mix) for $2 and $5 Steubie Snacks (pork shoulder bites that are deep-fried and coated in sugar). Steuben’s will also serve specialty Colorado Day cocktails. At Arvada, sip on “Colorado Traits,” a summer gin topped off with a Rare Traits IPA. In Uptown, you can try the vodka and peach liqueur Alpenglow, made with all-Colorado ingredients.11 a.m.-10 p.m. 7355 Ralston Road, Arvada; 523 E 17th Ave, Uptown, Denver
6. Free admission to the American Museum of Western Art-The Anschutz Collection
The American Museum of Western Art in Denver will offer free self-guided tours all day in celebration of Colorado Day. The museum features Western art by artists of many different genres, from Colorado natives to talented transplants to art-makers inspired by the state’s beauty on a pass-through. The AMWA promotes public appreciation of Western art and history, particularly in the period 1800 to the present. The self-guided tours will include audio guides, and the museum advises advance reservations. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1727 Tremont Place;anschutzcollection.org.
The Molly Brown House Museum. (Denver Post file)
7. Free admission to the Molly Brown House Museum
Colorado residents can get into the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver for free all day on August 1. Molly Brown, Denver’s “unsinkable” matron, built her lavish estate in 1889 with a design by architect William Lang. The museum features information on Brown’s circuitous life, from mining-town wealth to labor reform to elite society in New York City. Tickets are first come, first serve and only available at the museum’s gift shop. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1340 Pennsylvania St., mollybrown.org.
8. Open house at the Pueblo County Historical Society
Head down to the Pueblo County Historical Society for a free open house from 5-7 p.m. Visitors will have open access to the photo and archival collection as well as a number of experts on Pueblo history and lore. 203 West “B” Street, Pueblo; pueblohistory.org.
Match your skills in a table tennis game at Ace at 501 E. 17th Avenue. (Denver Post file)
9. Free ping-pong at Ace Eat Serve
If you wear gear with a Colorado flag logo on Tuesday, you’ll receive an hour of free ping pong at Ace Eat Serve in Denver. The Ace bar team has also created a Birthday Smash cocktail with Leopold Bros, blackberries, Thai basil, lemon and simple syrup so you can compete with a trusted beverage in hand. 4-11 p.m., 501 E 17th Ave, aceeatserve.com.
10. Lavish your pet, support Colorado wildlife
On Tuesday, pet store Chuck & Don’s will donate 5 percent of all proceeds from Colorado locations toward the Colorado Mountain Club, a Golden-based nonprofit that advocates for the appreciation and preservation of natural Colorado wildlife. August 1 also marks the last day of the chain store’s hashtag campaign #ChuckandDons and #ColoradoDayChuck, which gives customers 20 percent off all non-food items if they upload a photo of their pet wearing a special bandanna. Bandannas can be picked up in store, where you can show your hashtagged photo from Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to receive the discount. Find a store near you at chuckanddons.com.