You can’t celebrate all day if you don’t start in the morning, so the festivities got underway early at the annual Fourth of July celebration in Niwot. Sponsored by the Niwot Community Association, this year’s event featured a pancake breakfast at Niwot Market, followed by bike decorating and a concert by the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. 

Hundreds of spectators lined up along 2nd Avenue for the main event, which kicked off a few minutes after 11 a.m., led by a flag-bearing procession of  Boulder County sheriff's deputies. Grand Marshal Patty Strecker followed not long after, decked out in her signature red, white and blue regalia.