Spectators couldn’t have asked for better weather for the seventh annual Highlands Ranch Community Association Fourth of July Parade as temps stayed in the upper 70s, keeping things comfortable for the variety of veterans, clubs, community groups, politicians, clowns and animals that made their way up and down Highlands Ranch Parkway for a mid-morning celebration. The parade was followed up by live music in Town Center and Civic Green Park as well as a hot dog eating contest and plenty of other activities. Photos by Ryan Boldrey
One of three veterans to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2013 Fourth of July Parade in Highlands Ranch, HRCA employee Bill Harkness served four years in the U.S. Arm Air Corps between 1942 and 1946, serving his country during World War II.
2013 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Princess Jordan Maldonado rode through Highlands Ranch along with her attendant and the queen and hers. The Douglas County Fair is slated for Aug. 8-11 in Castle Rock.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints paid tribute to the pioneer days, while partaking in the 2013 Fourth of July Parade in Highlands Ranch.
One of the more creative floats of this year's parade, these four boys commemorated the famous flag raising at Iwo Jima.
The Highlands Ranch Community Association Board of Directors headed up the 2013 Fourth of July Parade and were led around town by Backcountry Wilderness Association draft horses Bella and Buster, who were died for the occasion.
These Future Farmers of America mowed their way through the streets of Highlands Ranch as part of the 2013 Fourth of July Parade.
Daisy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts all marched in the 2013 Fourth of July Parade in Highlands Ranch.
These 'Legendary Ladies' rode through town bringing to mind another era of the Wild West.
Some same clown are scary, but this one had a downright god time at the Fourth of July Parade in Highlands Ranch.
After a 57-win season on the hardwood for the 2012-13 Denver Nuggets, Rocky was one of the biggest celebrities in this year's parade.
Anybody want to learn to hula hoop? Some of the community's best took to the streets of Highlands Ranch, letting it be known that there are lessons coming up at Eastridge this summer for those who want to learn.
The Rootin' Tootin' Jazz Band was one of many musical floats that made its way up Highlands Ranch Parkway on July 4.
The Sand Creek Elementary School Rock Band performed everything from White Stripes to Survivor during the July 4 Parade in Highlands Ranch.