This Independence Day, we asked Colorado’s legislators to share what they’re planning with friends and family.  Below are a few of their responses.

Sen. Kevin Grantham, Canon City

Republican Sen. Kevin Grantham will be spending the holiday in a new part of District 2, Clear Creek County.  First, he plans to participate in the Georgetown Parade and Picnic and, then, he will partake in a sweet treat at Silver Plume Ice Cream.  He also plans to head to the Idaho Springs July 4th Festival, a “Tribute to Our Heroes”, in Idaho Springs Historic District.  The festival will run along Miner Street starting at 2:00 p.m.  This will be celebrating our Heroes such as our firefighters, police, and EMS and also recognizing our past and present military veterans. It will  also feature three local bands; the Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars Band; the 101st Army National Guard Band, Rough Riders; and a WWII style USO show by “Reveille 3.”

Sen. Lucia Guzman, Denver

Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman has an activity-filled day planned.  Here is what she wrote to us:

“First, I hang the flag from our front porch and enjoy old fashioned ‘front porch conversations’ with neighbors and ‘passer-byes’. I always take time to remember those friends and family who have gone on from this life. I miss them and the ‘good ole days’. This year, I give thanks for equality and the freedom to be who I am. I will enjoy a visit from my sister from Texas, cooking, a game of golf and hike in the mountains. Since I read the latest book on Thomas Jefferson, I will have great discussions with neighbors about our history!  Happy 4th to us all!”

Rep. Chris Holbert, Parker

Republican Rep. Chris Holbert will spend the Fourth with the five other Douglas County legislators – Sens. Harvey and Scheffel as well as Reps. McNulty, Murray, and Lawrence – walking in the Highlands Ranch Parade.  Holbert says, “it would be rare for [us] to be anywhere else.”

Rep. Holbert also reminded us that today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and said, “This year, on the 150th anniversary, let’s all remember the men and women who struggled and died at Gettysburg so that this nation might live.  To a new birth of freedom!”

Rep. Lori Saine, Dacono

Republican Rep. Lori Saine and her daughter plan to participate in the parade at Firestone.  Keep your eye out for her!  She’s promised to send pictures.



Sen. Gail Schwartz, Snowmass

Democratic Sen. Gail Schwartz will spend the day in her hometown with friends, family and grandchildren.  She also will participate in the high noon parade in Aspen.



Rep. Spencer Swalm, Centennial

Republican Rep. Spencer Swalm has planned a quiet weekend at home, a break from work, and perhaps a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. He sends “Happy Birthday America” wishes.