QUICK INFO: Cheyenne Fourth of July Fireworks 2021:
- Sunday, July 4, 2020
- Start: Around 9:35 PM
- Frontier Park viewing location CLOSED - Lions Park open to foot traffic - Carey Avenue will be closed between 8th Avenue and Kennedy Road.
- The display is designed to be seen from all over Cheyenne
The 2021 Cheyenne July 4th Fireworks show will follow the same format as the 2020 show, according to a release from Cheyenne Frontier Days and the City of Cheyenne, who are presenting the show.
Frontier Park will not be open as a viewing location because construction work is underway for CFD 2021. Lions Park will be open to foot traffic only, and Carey Avenue will be closed between 8th Avenue and Kennedy Road.
So the show is designed to maximize aerial displays that can be seen from all over the Cheyenne area.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Laramie County School District #1 has offered their parking lots for public use for watching the show.
The display itself will start at 9:35 p.m.
"We are pleased to be able to offer the fireworks show and accompanying music where it can be enjoyed from your own backyard, porch, patio, or wherever you choose to watch this great Cheyenne tradition," CFD spokeswoman Nicole Gamst said in 2020 about the changes.
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CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center
In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union
completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.
Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town
. Starting in 1952, three
different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence. A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.
As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished
and the new construction began.
The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses.
Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.