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Jul
4

Florence Annual Arts and Antique Festival

July 4th
The 2nd Annual Arts and Antique Festival in Florence Colorado Music - Food - Entertainment Bell Tower Art, Antique, and Craft Booths on Petroleum with music. 8am-4pm

Jul
4

Fremont County Farmers Market

July 4th
June 6--September 26 Saturdays | 8:00 am--1:00 pm Abbey Events Complex For more information contact Carol at 371-2114.

Jul
4

Royal Gorge Region 4th of July Celebration

July 4th
What better place to celebrate the 4th than in the welcoming towns of Canon City and Florence.  Hometown America at it's best!   Florence Main St is home to the Wet n' Dry Parade.  This fun, interactive parade is a hit with ki

Jul
4

4th of July Parade & Celebration in Florence

July 4th
Celebrate America’s birthday in charming Florence, Colorado.  The main street Wet n Dry Parade & block party will delight children and adults alike.  Adding to the fun there are  two parts of the parade. A dry side and a wet

Jul
7

Canon City Farmers' Market

July 7th
The Royal Gorge Region is known for its mild climate and for its excellent gardening conditions.  Enjoy the bounty of the area at the Canon City Farmers Market each Tuesday June-Sept. Open from 8am to 1pm in Veterans Park - Hwy 50  http://

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Canon City

A Brief History of Cañon City, Colorado

The Cañon City Historic District was first organized by the Cañon City Claim Club in March of 1860. The six members were responsible for developing minerals in the area. Residents in the area voted to name the settlement “Town of Canyon City” but the reporter for the meeting used the Spanish “cañon” spelling, giving the city its official name. As prospectors and settlers streamed in from the east in search of mineral and agricultural riches and a new way of life, the town grew rapidly and by 1862, one year after the onset of the Civil War, Cañon City was the booming county seat of Fremont County.

Discover Downtown

Located just eight miles east of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Highway 50 (also known as Royal Gorge Boulevard), Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest intact historical districts in Colorado. The 80 buildings comprising the district form a cohesive grouping that reflects Cañon City’s development as a regional commercial center. The authentic small-town Main Street atmosphere is evident from “Old Max” (the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility) at First and Main Street to the Post Office at 15th and Main. A stroll down Main Street will introduce you to the city’s cultural and social center.

Flavorful Options

Coffee shops and restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Chinese and down-home cuisine, as well as a variety of watering holes, are abundant along Main Street. Families can enjoy sharing a handcrafted pizza while being entertained by a magician; visitors and locals sit side by side on bar stools devouring burgers and ice cold microbrews after a game of pool; while others people-watch and savor homemade pastries and desserts.

Boutiques, Galleries & More

Shoppers will find small business owners offering books, musical instruments, clothing, shoes, furniture, groceries, fresh flowers, electronics, art, jewelry and so much more. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up that perfect souvenir to commemorate your Cañon City visit. A handful of second-hand stores will satisfy the bargain hunters in your group and the many local art galleries and museums will keep everyone busy for hours.

The people of Cañon City invite you to explore downtown, chat with some locals and get acquainted with the community.