How to celebrate Colorado Day: Free doughnuts and park, museum admission

By Liz Forster Updated: August 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm • Published: August 1, 2017 0
photo - The sun shines through a Colorado Flag as fans continue to fill along Highway 50 near the top of Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines through a Colorado Flag as fans continue to fill along Highway 50 near the top of Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Colorado turns 141 today, and people across the state are celebrating with free promotions all week. 

On this day in 1876, Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation that made Colorado the 38th state. Now known as Colorado Day, Aug. 1 and the days following celebrate all things Colorado, from peaks higher than 10,000 feet to the rich Frontier-era history.

Here are some promotional highlights across the Front Range this week:

- History Center Colorado is celebrating with free admission and various events all day Aug. 1. The highlight is a cake-cutting ceremony with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne at 11:15 a.m. at 1200 N. Broadway in Denver.

- The Bryan-Evans House Museum in Denver also is participating in the free admission promotion. 1310 Bannock St. Denver.

- The Pueblo County Historical Society is holding a free open house  from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visitors will have access to the photo and archive collection and a chance to speak with several experts on Pueblo history and lore. 203 W. "B" St., Pueblo

- Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free Colorado-themed doughnut with a purchase of any size cold-brew coffee through Sunday. The doughnut features Colorado flag colors; its vanilla frosting has red, blue and yellow stripes, and the pastry is filled with Bavarian cream. Not a coffee fan? Dunkin' Donuts also will sell doughnuts for 99 cents during the promotion.

- Uber is offering a $5 credit for riders in Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins to travel anywhere across the state Tuesday, Aug. 1. Just add the promo code COLORADODAY17 to get the discount on any trip. 

- Head outside and enjoy one of Colorado's 41 state parks next Monday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer free admission to any of its parks in celebration of the Centennial State. Camping and reservation fees still apply.

- Cheyenne Mountain State Park is taking visitors on a free Colorado Day Discovery Hike at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, featuring fun facts about Colorado, Cheyenne Mountain State Park and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Limekiln TrailheadCheyenne Mountain State Park.

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