Longmont’s 4th of July ‘block party’ returns to Thompson Park

After the 4th of July celebration at Thompson Park in Longmont was canceled in 2020 and 2021, Scott Conlin couldn’t wait for this year’s red, white and blue celebration to begin.

“We staked our spot around 7:30 a.m.,” said Conlin, who lives next to the park in Longmont and has attended the event for a decade, on Monday. “I looked out the window and started to see people setting up tents and that’s when I ran.”

Conlin and hundreds of others enjoyed patriotic tunes performed by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Chorale at Thompson Park, 420 Bross St., on Monday.

“It’s kind of like a block party,” Conlin said. “Even last year people came and approached thinking it was going to happen and realized it wasn’t.”

In addition to live music, there was no shortage of 4th of July picnics and even judges dropped by to check out the different dishes people had prepared.

There were 10 prizes for the best picnic, including gift certificates to local businesses as well as wine baskets.

Conlin’s menu included air fried shrimp, minion sugar cookies and cowboy caviar, a mix of onions, beans, tomatoes, corn and peppers.

Children played in the playground while others had fun playing cornhole as the music of the symphony echoed throughout the park.

Holly Sidney, who plays violin with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, said she was happy to perform for the community on Monday, but also acknowledged it was difficult given the recent Supreme Court ruling in cancel Roe v. Wade.

“It’s always a fun gig to do. Personally, I don’t know how much I can believe in what I’m playing…but music is a good community builder,” Sidney said. “I’m trying to think of it more as a community celebration angle rather than a country celebration, which I’m not sure deserves right now.”

Hundreds of people filled Thompson Park on Monday afternoon for the July 4 festivities, which was followed by another community event at the Fox Hill Club that included fireworks.

Joseph K. Bennett