Golden’s July 4th celebration going virtual with Facebook stream

Lions Club members will also hand out kids goodie bags at restaurants

Staff Report
Posted 6/24/20

While there will be no (new) fireworks display in Golden this year, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t managed to put a total damper on the city’s annual Fourth of July 4 fun. Instead, the celebration …

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Golden’s July 4th celebration going virtual with Facebook stream

Lions Club members will also hand out kids goodie bags at restaurants

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While there will be no (new) fireworks display in Golden this year, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t managed to put a total damper on the city’s annual Fourth of July 4 fun.

Instead, the celebration is taking on a new form online where the Golden Lions Club, which organizes the city’s annual event in Lions Club, is putting together a virtual event that will conclude with a broadcast of a taped Golden fireworks display from a few years ago.

Goldenites (and anyone else) can access those virtual offerings, which will include streamed band performances, virtual contests and videos about the Lions Club’s community efforts, at facebook.com/goldenlionsclub. A schedule will be posted before the event with a list of the day’s offerings.

Those looking for some in-person excitement will also be able to visit any of several Golden restaurants, which will be serving special dishes. Members of the Lions Club will also be out at those participating restaurants to hand out goody bags for kids. A list of participating restaurants will also be posted on the Facebook page.

“We normally would have face paint and stuff like that but we are not going to do that so we thought we would do that instead,” Lions Club member Ed Dorsey.

Dorsey said pivoting to a virtual celebration has presented new challenges for the Lions Club, which has had to become more technologically-proficient during the pandemic as its meetings and other activities were moved online.

“It’s not easy but we are putting it together,” said Dorsey, who made a video about the Lions Club’s eye testing program that will be broadcasted. “We have a couple of people who are very good at it so we are getting it done.”

Ultimately, Dorsey said he hopes the celebration can be an enjoyable — albeit different— substitute for Goldenites who are going without their traditional celebration for the first time in the 49 years the Lions Club has organized it.

“We’re just trying to give people that are at home for the work something to look at,” he said.

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