5 Things to do in Castle Rock this Fourth of July

5 Things To Do In Castle Rock This Fourth of July


5 Things to do in Castle Rock this Fourth of July

Fourth of July is coming up. It’s best to get your pet sitter booked early. Here are some activities happening in and around Castle Rock, Colorado this Fourth of July.

Remember – ONLY fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal and ONLY only July 4. Fireworks that leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces are illegal. This is great news for dogs and cats who are afraid of sudden, loud noises.

Fireworks Show

Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July. This year Castle Rock’s 15-minute fireworks show will be visible throughout the Interstate 25 corridor, including from within Downtown Castle Rock. If you’re local to Castle Rock, it’s recommended you watch from your neighborhood. If you’re new to the area, the City of Castle Rock has compiled a list of places to watch the fireworks from. These include:

  • Castle Rock Service Center
  • Bison Park
  • Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park
  • Metzler Ranch Community Park

More details:

  • When: Monday, July 4, 2022 @ 9:30PM
  • Where: Santa Fe Quarry Mesa
  • Activities: Fireworks, Three-Shot Salute

Rock-It Run

A whole new way in Castle Rock to start your Fourth of July holiday!

  • When: Monday, July 4, 2022 @ 6:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Where: Douglas County Events Center
  • Activities: Rock-it Run 5k, Half Marathon, Let Freedom ROCK Concert

Tickets for the Rock-It Run are $30.00 with discounts for veterans and active duty military. Food and beer is included along with medals & tri-blend racerback t-shirts.

Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course

The Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course will be open during normal business hours (6:00AM – Dark). Red Hawk will also be hosting a parking lot party from 6:00PM – 9:00PM featuring the 6202 Band. As well as offering grilled food and beverages for purchase. This event is open to the public and welcomes you to watch the fireworks show.

Personal fireworks are not allowed on the golf course.

  • When: Monday, July 4, 2022 @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM, You are welcome to stay and watch the 9:30PM fireworks but the parking lot party will be over.
  • Where: Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course
  • Activities: Live Music from 6202 Band, Food & Drinks

The Meadows 4th of July Celebration

In historical Castle Rock, the Fourth of July celebration in Bison Park is back for 2022. A kid-friendly event that makes for a great way to kick off your Independence Day celebrations.

  • When: Monday, July 4, 2022 @ 11:00AM – 1:00PM
  • Where: Bison Park
  • Activities: Kid-Friendly parade (11:15AM), Food, Music, Inflatable Rides

Fourth of July Picnic

A picnic is a great way to get outdoors with friends, family, and your pets. It’s also a great excuse to go and try out all of the other Fourth of July events happening in the surrounding cities!

There you have it. 5 Things to do in Castle Rock. This Fourth of July! 🤔😃 We hope you have a safe and fun July 4th!

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What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing in Castle Rock

What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing in Castle Rock

What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing in Castle Rock

Loosing a pet can be extremely scary, especially if you do not know where to start looking. There is a lot of information out there on how to find a missing pet, but I wanted to write something specific to Castle Rock, so you can just go down the checklist and get it done.

1. The Basics

For the first few minutes after a pet goes missing, you want to start with the basics.

  • Do a patrol of the area to see if you find any evidence of Sammy
  • Talk to the neighbors, especially anyone working outside, to see if they noticed Sammy going by
  • If Sammy is a dog, swing by his favorite places to walk or any place for playdates to see if he went there
  • Read up on How to Catch a Loose Dog for some tips if you do see him running free

2. Who to Contact First

You have done the basic search and turned up nothing. This is typically 15-30 minutes after you have realized Sammy is missing. Now it is time to reach out for help.

  • Douglas County Animals Services – call to speak with an animal welfare officer over the phone and give them a heads up that you just lost your pet.
    • (303) 660-7529
    • 4000 Justice Way Castle Rock, CO 80109
  • Dumb Friends League – Your pet may be taken to one of their drop-off locations. There are 2 locations where strays are accepted. They also have a dedicated Lost and Found page that provides additional resources.
    • Leslie A. Malone Center, in Denver
    • Buddy Center in Castle Rock, in Castle Rock
  • If Sammy has a microchip, contact the company to let them know he is missing and how to reach you, just in case your information is not up to date.
  • Contact any veterinarians, groomers, and pet supply stores in your immediate area (around a mile from where she went missing), in case someone picks him up and brings him in.

3. Social Media Time!

The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding a pet. Your friends and complete strangers are going to be happy to help you search the interwebs for any news of Sammy.

  • Post on all of your personal social media networks. Include a recent picture, where and when she went missing and any directions you want people to follow, such as how to contact you, not to chase Sammy, Sammy is afraid of men, etc. Specifically ask people to share the post. If you know any people in the animal world, such as your normal dog walker or groomer, ask them to share since they have such a large reach.
  • Post on these pages. There are many pages specifically dedicated to helping reunite missing pets with their people. Post on as many as you can, but start with Facebook. That is where we have had the most luck in recent years.
    • Lost and Found Pets of Northern Colorado – a Facebook group that is very active and easy to post in.
    • Nextdoor – This is a newish system for people to coordinate with their neighborhoods on various subjects. When you post it can be seen by those directly in your area.
    • Post on Denver Craigslist in the Community -> Pets section as well as Community -> Lost+Found. There is no charge to do so. Highlands Ranch doesn’t have its own dedicated section. Posting in the closest one is your best bet.
    • PetFBI – Fill out their form to add your report to their database.
    • PawBoost – You can pay for upgraded service, but they list your pet for free on Facebook and in their database.
    • LostMyDoggie – They post on Facebook but they also alert local shelters and rescues.
    • PetKey – A smaller page, but everything helps!
    • Northern Colorado Pet Lovers – A group ran by Wet Noses Pet Sitting. It’s a small group but another set of eyes always helps!
  • Head out and continue looking for Sammy. Make sure you are able to answer the phone if someone calls! Ask your neighbors to check their garages, sheds, and yards to make sure he is not hiding there.

Free stock photo of dog beagle

4. What is the Next Step?

If you are approaching evening, there are a few steps you can take, especially if Sammy is shy and still might be in the area.

  1. Double-check with any neighbors coming home to make sure they did not see him earlier in the day.
  2. Consider leaving your door open so Sammy can come in at night if he was lost from your home.
  3. If Sammy is a cat, place his litter box outside where he can smell it.

5. The Next Day

You have done all of the fast, easy options and Sammy has not been found. Now is time to dig in and spread the word that Sammy is missing.

  • File a lost pet report if you have not already done so. Animals can travel surprisingly long ways and folks sometimes pick them up and take them to their local shelter, which may not be Douglas County.
  • Post a lost pet ad in the paper. It may seem outdated, but they are still read regularly.
  • Contact local breed rescues that relate to Sammy. For instance, if he is a Golden Retriever, contact the local Golden rescue. There are too many for me to list here, and they change regularly, so search online for one. You can also contact All Breed Rescue Network at (888) 440-6467. They keep a running list of breed rescues in the Colorado area. Sometimes breed rescues will be able to offer more suggestions or help specific to your breed.
  • Print off flyers from one of the sources you used yesterday. Post flyers in veterinary hospitals, groomers, trainers, pet supply stores, the dog park, and anywhere animal-related. Many local businesses also have community boards. Start with businesses near you and increase the distance the longer Sammy is missing. Posting flyers on mailboxes and phone poles is illegal, although many people do it.
  • Continue to update posts online. People will be wondering if you found Sammy and you want to keep them searching. Ask for help again and for people to keep sharing your posts.
  • Talk to people in the neighborhood where Sammy went missing. Offer a reward for any information leading to finding him.
  • If you hear of people spotting him, go to that area and search. Shy animals can be very hard to catch, especially during active times of the day when there are a lot of people around. If you believe he might be in the area, go out during quiet times in the evening or morning when he is more likely to appear. You can also look at renting a humane trap if you are sure he is there but cannot catch him.

Free stock photo of cat kitten

6. DO NOT Give Up Hope

The longer you search the more discouraged you become. Keep looking! Here are a few searches I have helped with over the years for people I know:

  • A small, very shy dog went missing. We tracked her to a neighborhood where kids had spotted her (we paid them to keep an eye out for her). After a few days, we were not able to find her until a kid came forward. A woman in the neighborhood had picked her up and had given her to a family member in Colorado Springs. Once confronted we were able to get her back.
  • A dog ran out of his front door. The neighbors a few houses down saw him, but not not the people at the end of the block. He vanished! They continued searching and found him late that night being walked by a nice couple who lived down the street. They had been leaving earlier when they saw him run by, so they put him in the garage and then left for a few hours. They had just returned home.
  • A woman’s dog had been missing for months. She sent out flyers to shelters across the country and he showed up in Fort Collins. Turned out a trucker had picked her up and driven her across 3 states before dropping her off at the local shelter!

We regularly hear stories of animals being reunited years after going missing due to their microchips. Keep that information up-to-date and continue your search!

7. Once you Find Your Pet

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and you must feel so relieved!

  • Take the moment and enjoy it. Do not scold Sammy, he is just happy to see you!
  • Plan a trip to the vet if your pet was gone for a while or appears to be injured.
  • Go back and take down those flyers, lost pet reports and postings online so that everyone knows you found your fur kid.
  • Return the favor and share information about missing pets for other people!

Douglas County Lost Pet Infographic

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