CSU–Pueblo July 4th features Martini Shot and Sertoma fireworks


The July 4th Extravaganza at Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate our country’s independence with upbeat music, food, and an hour-long fireworks display.

Independence Day festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the opening of food and beverage vendors on the lawn east of the Hasan Amphitheatre on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The following food vendors will be on hand to keep the crowd well fed: Chee Concessions, Tasty Treats, Pantaleo Farms, and Chartwells. Miller and Coors products, Pepsi products, and bottled water also will be available.

Local favorite Martini Shot will perform a variety of music from 7-9:15 p.m. followed by a hour-long fireworks display by the Sertoma Club. A Color Guard presentation by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department and a welcome by CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will precede the concert.

The Martini Shot Band began to form in September of 2000 with an idea of a modern original/cover rock band with horns. The name, “The Martini Shot,” refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day. The band is hustling to write the final few songs for the upcoming CD, which they hope to have released by late summer. Martini Shot first began to play in the town of Alamosa where the majority of the Band attended Adams State College as music majors. Playing around the San Luis Valley in places such as Weekends Bar and Grill and the Office Tavern, the band soon created a following that opened the door for them to pursue gigs at the college for events such as Freshmen Convocation and Super Fun Day. Musicians include Andy Clementi-vocals/guitar, Kevin Moreman-trumpet/keyboards, Andy Bennetts-trumpet/vocals, Steve Bogucki-t.sax, Ryan Walter-lead guitar, Tim Trujillo-bass, Jen McHenry-bass, Bruce Anderson-drums.

Admission to the concert and fireworks display is free, but a $5 per carload parking fee will be returned to the community in the form of donations by the Sertoma Club.

Major sponsors of the July 4th event include the Pueblo Chieftain, , Colorado Council on the Arts, The City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, and the Sertoma Club. Special thanks to RSC Equipment Rental for donating the generator to keep the vendors powered up!

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.