Pueblo West, Colorado – June 16, 2016
The 4th of July is a booming celebration in Pueblo West each year, starting with the annual Liberty Point 5k Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m., the Wet N’ Wild parade at 10:00 a.m., and the fireworks show starting in the evening when dark. Here’s everything you need to know to join in the fun and celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday right here in Pueblo West.
The annual Liberty Point 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration is from 6:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., but preregistration is encouraged. On race day, runners can register at a table near the southeast corner of Joe Martinez and Purcell Boulevards. Secure your spot today by preregistering online at http://www.getmeregistered.com/libertypoint5k. Paper registration forms can be printed at http://www.pueblounitedway.org/libertypoint5k and mailed or dropped off at Snap Fitness Pueblo West located at 279 South Purcell Blvd., or at the United Way of Pueblo office located at 310 E. Abriendo Ave., 3rd Floor, Suite 300.
Preregister and save! Register before June 30 for $20 per individual entry, of $40 for a family or company team (up to 6 members, $5 per additional team member). Commemorate your participation with an official Liberty Point 5k patriotic dri-fit T-shirt for only $10. Race day registration is $30 per person, $55 for family of company teams (up to 6 team members, $10 per additional team members), with dri-fit T-shirts an additional $15.
Proceeds benefit United Way of Pueblo County funded programs. This annual event is sponsored by United Way of Pueblo, Snap Fitness Pueblo West, the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce, and the Pueblo West Metropolitan District.
After the race, runners and residents can cool down at the annual community Wet N’ Wild parade. The famous parade attracts people from all over the Front Range to Pueblo West to participate in a wet and wild water fight between spectators and parade floats. The parade itself is divided into two sections; wet and dry, and those participating in the wet section are prohibited from soaking those passing through the dry section. Sheriff deputies and parade marshals will also be present to enforce parade rules, and they should be obeyed at all times. The parade will run from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Portable toilets will be set for the 5k Run and parade staging at Joe Martinez Blvd., east of the intersection with Purcell Blvd. as well as on the southwest corner of Joe Martinez Blvd. and Purcell Blvd. Other portable toilets will be located at Joe Martinez Blvd. and Palmer Lake, as well as Civic Center Drive and Joe Martinez Blvd. near the sheriff substation.
Other morning festivities include the Shriners annual breakfast in the Civic Center parking lot from 6 to 9 a.m. Menu includes eggs, sausage, biscuits, green chili, pancakes, coffee and orange juice. The event is open to the public.
Stay in the area for the Pueblo West firework show which will begin at sundown. Optimal viewing for the show is located along Joe Martinez between Civic Center Drive and Palmer Lake Drive. Fireworks can also be seen along Palmer Lake Drive between Joe Martinez and Angus Drive.
Event Ingress/Egress, Parking Guide, and Road Closure Information
Given the popularity of these events, parking is expected to be limited and certain roads will be closed for the duration of the events. To help make traffic control as smooth as possible, the Metropolitan District asks participants and spectators to follow the recommended routes into, and out of the event areas. Complete information about ingress and egress, parking, and road closures is listed below. Please also refer to the attached map for your reference.
Liberty Point 5K Run
US Highway 50 West to Purcell Blvd. Then South on Purcell Blvd. to the race parking area at Joe Martinez Blvd. Purcell Blvd. will close at Maher Drive at 7:15 a.m. to through traffic.
Using Purcell Blvd., travelling north from Joe Martinez is the best route back out of Pueblo West. For those who are wishing to attend the parade after the run can access Joe Martinez from Purcell until the closures at 9:15 a.m.
Primary parking for the Liberty Point 5K Run, will be located northeast of the intersection of Joe Martinez and South Purcell Blvd. Parking entrance will be located off of the east access road. No parking is permitted near the race area along Joe Martinez and Purcell Blvds.
South Purcell Blvd., will close to through traffic 15 minutes prior to the start of the race at 7:15 a.m. Other roads that will be closed during the event include: Purcell Blvd. at Maher Dr.; Purcell Blvd. south at Cellini Dr.; Hemlock Dr.; Glenbrook Dr.; Acreview Dr.; Dawnview Dr.; Poppy Ln.; Linden Ave.; Greenway Ave.; Liberty Point Ln. and Pl.; Skyline Dr. The closures will be from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Race participants and spectators should plan to arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
Wet N’ Wild Parade
Parade goers should use US Highway 50 West to McCulloch Blvd. Take McCulloch Blvd. South to Joe Martinez Blvd. The public is encouraged to arrive to the parade route before 9:00 a.m. Joe Martinez will close to all traffic and those associated intersections along the parade route at 9:15 a.m. No exceptions will be made to access the route after the streets are closed. Anyone arriving to the parade after 9:15 a.m. will need to use side streets on either side of Joe Martinez. Due to the activity of the Liberty Point 5k Run, people are discouraged from using Purcell Blvd. to attend the parade.
Anyone needing to drop off parade participants at the staging area should do so using McCulloch Blvd. South to Joe Martinez Blvd. going East, then South on Dante Drive then East onto Cellini Drive.
Following the parade, parade goers will be directed off of Joe Martinez through major side streets accessing Hahns Peak Ave. and McCulloch Blvd. A plan was developed several years ago moving traffic off of Joe Martinez using major intersections East and West of the parade route. The traffic signal at McCulloch Blvd. and Joe Martinez Blvd. will be placed on flashing yellow on McCulloch Blvd. allowing a continuous flow of traffic leaving the parade area. Traffic is closed off from using Joe Martinez Blvd. at Hahns Peak Ave. until the traffic flow has deceased.
Parking for the annual water parade will be along the parade route of Joe Martinez from Gadsden Drive to Civic Center Drive. Dry section viewing of the parade will be from Gadsden Drive to Camrose Drive. There will no parking of any type of vehicles along the parade prior to two (2) days before July 4. There is no parking near any intersection where “NO PARKING” signs are located. Violators will be ticketed by the Pueblo County Sheriff Office and could have the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. Road Closures for the parade route begin at 9:15 a.m. and are generally reopened along Joe Martinez by noon.
The closures are as follows: Joe Martinez Blvd. at Purcell Blvd.; Joe Martinez west at Gadsden Dr.; Marcus Dr.; Stanley Dr.; Camrose Dr.; Walton Dr.; Byrd Dr.; George Dr.; Joe Martinez Ln.; Joe Martinez Pl.; Joe Martinez Ct.; Bayfield Ave.; Dante Dr.; John Powell Blvd.; Palmer Lake Dr.; Falcon Dr.; Idaho Springs Dr.; Hahns Peak Ave.; Civic Center Dr. Heavy traffic is expected around the Joe Martinez and McCulloch Blvd. area as the parade ends at around noon.
Limited parking has been made available by the Pueblo West Family Fun Center at 387 S. Angus within and in front of their parking lot. Otherwise, please park along the streets, respectful of road signs, traffic laws, and careful not to block private driveways.
For those attending the nights fireworks display, attendees can use either Purcell Blvd. South to Hahns Peak Ave. or Joe Martinez Blvd., or they may use McCulloch Blvd. South to Joe Martinez Blvd.
Traffic leaving the nights fireworks display should use Joe Martinez Blvd. to Hahns Peak Ave. and Purcell Blvd. or McCulloch Blvd. North toward US Highway 50 West.
The following roads will be closed starting at 6:00 p.m.: Idaho Springs (Alley); Idaho Springs Way/Palmer Lake; Idaho Springs/Alley @ Car Doctor; Angus/Palmer Lake; Angus/Hahns Peak; Del Norte/Hahns Peak; Del Norte/Palmer Lake. These closures will remain in effect until the show and following cleanup have concluded.
The Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo County Sheriff Office, Pueblo West Fire Department, and the Pueblo West Metro staff will be coordinating traffic flow following each of these events. Please follow their instructions to keep traffic flowing.
Map of 5k and parade route: 4th July Parade UPDATED 2016
For more information, please contact:
Community Engagement Manager, Pueblo West Metropolitan District
109 E. Industrial Blvd
PO Box 7005
Pueblo West, CO 81007