By: Nick Perkins
Eddie Cochran was wrong- there is a cure to the Summertime Blues, and its name is The District. There is no need to wonder what you’re going to do this July, as The District has you covered! From 4th of July Destinations to Parade Day Hot Spots, we’ve compiled the best places to spend the best days of the Summer.
Before you raise a fuss or holler, let us tell you where to spend your hard-earned dollar (his lyrics, not ours) this month as Casper District presents: This is Our Independence Day- a Guide to July.
For years, mankind clamored for the days of summer to begin. ‘Mankind.’ That word should have a new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united by our common interests.
Luckily, for all of us, many of those common interests can be found in The District.
July 4th and July 9th are big days in Casper, Wyoming, especially in The District. Various bars and venues offer live music, food & drink specials and more to celebrate both American and civic pride days. While the Casper Events Center and Alcova Lakeside Marina put on a heck of a show every year, neither of those locations are The District, so we don’t care about them.
(Editor’s Note: He’s kidding. Both locations offer a lot of fun and beautiful scenery and we couldn’t recommend them any higher).
For the purposes of this article, however, we are going to focus on a couple of the hottest venues that will be open on the 4th of July and Parade Day, which takes place on July 10th.
Where to go on the 4th of July
Listen. You are probably not going to find a better place to watch the fireworks than the Casper Events Center. Get close enough to imagine that the lights could fall on you and pretend, just for a minute, that all is right with the world. Fireworks Show aside, however- w hat do you do with the rest of your day?
We suggest foregoing the park or your backyard for your annual 4th of July BBQ. Bring your BBQ to the David Street Station. Or, for the romantic, bring a blanket, a bottle of wine (maybe…let us get back to you on the open container laws on this day), a guitar and some nibbles and have your own perfect day with your own perfect date. This idea is for couples, both young and old, that want to celebrate that elusive summer romance. There is no better way to do this than by enjoying the ambience of the David Street Station. Picnic at The Station during the day, enjoy the fireworks at night and maybe, just maybe, you will share your first kiss while “This Magic Moment” plays in the background.
If romance isn’t your cup of tea (dump that s*** in the harbor), how about the antithesis of candlelight- karaoke. The Office Bar & Grill will be open for dinner until 7pm and the bar will be open until 9pm, which gives you plenty of time to eat, drink and sing your little hearts out. Has there ever been a more appropriate time than now to belt out “Proud to be an American?”
We think not.
Perhaps it’s fate that that day will be the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom; not from tyranny, oppression or persecution- but from getting totally annihilated and singing karaoke. If getting drunk and singing “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue” isn’t the most patriotic thing one could do, we don’t know what is.
6 days later, The Office will be open again for Parade Day, with Party on the Patio. Parade Day, taking place this year on July 9th, has always been a highlight of Downtown Casper. This year will be no different, as The Office will once again be dusting off that old microphone and giving it to Max Minimum! This will be the first outdoor concert of the summer on the new Office patio, and Minimum is sure to produce maximum effort. He will be performing at 6:30pm and then karaoke is once again the focal point, right up until closing time. The Office will also be offering various food and drink specials all night, as well. This is the perfect way to celebrate our town’s history, as well as our future.
What a wonderful world, indeed.
If making your own music isn’t your thing, then check out Yellowstone Garage on July 4th. They will be hosting, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, Aquile. Aquile is the perfect example of a hometown boy making good and he’ll be returning to his hometown to provide an evening of incredible music and stories. Aquile, a Casper native, was a finalist on Season 3 of The Voice and he has parlayed that into a very successful music career in California. But home has always been where is heart is, and he cannot wait to perform at Yellowstone Garage this 4th of July.
In addition to the festivities being presented at The Office, Frosty’s Bar & Grill will also be throwing its annual Parade Day Party! It will feature music from local bands, including: The Last Coyote, Ford & Fossil, Jim Oliver, Kaspen Haley, Kevin Paul’s Ghost, Jeff Stanley, The Wreckards and more! Parade Day at Frosty’s has become a downtown institution, and this year will be no different. They will be serving up food and drink specials all day, so there is no better place than Frosty’s to let your civic flag fly. And did we mention there’s NO cover? Also, in honor of our independence, every veteran and police, fire and EMS personnel will receive a beer on the house!
Those are just a few of the venues providing awesome, memorable, free events on the 4th of July and Parade Day. Check back here as the dates approach and we will add any upcoming events, yet to be announced! With that being said, we’ve told you where to go and what to do on these especially exciting days. But what about what not to do?
What Not to Do on 4th of July and Parade Day
• Drink copious amounts of alcohol and then decide it would be a good idea to set off your own fireworks. It isn’t.
• Drink copious amounts of alcohol, and then decide it would be a good idea to get behind the wheel of a car. It isn’t.
• Put ketchup on your hot dog.
• Shoot fireworks at your brother or mother-in-law…even if they do deserve it.
• Sing “Firework” by Katy Perry. At all. At any point in the day.
• Double dip the chip.
• Steal beer out of your fellow onlooker’s cooler.
• Play anything other than the radio during the Fireworks show.
• Tell people that Donald Trump is the GOAT.
• Forget that we live in the greatest country in the world, with the best people, in one of the best states. Don’t forget to have an amazing time with friends and family. Don’t forget to eat and drink as much as you can (but be responsible about it). Don’t ever forget the men and women that have given their lives so that we can celebrate the best summer holidays in The District. Because of those people, we do not have to fight for our right to live, to exist.
We are able to celebrate these joyous occasions because we won that day and, now, we come together as a community. We put aside our differences, our ideals, our opinions and we look up in the sky. We forget about our trials, our tribulations, our bills, our problems. We forget about those things and, for just one moment, we remember what it’s like to be a kid, lost in the lights. We allow ourselves to be enchanted. On those days, the 4th and 9th of July, The District will stand as one, in civil liberty to declare in one voice:
We will not go quietly into the night.
We will not give up without a fight.
We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive.
On those days, we will celebrate our Independence Day.
And those celebrations will take place, right here, in The District.