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Water Lantern Festivals 2023

An extremely spectacular celebration has taken over pretty much the entire USA

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Water Lantern Festival is a beautiful occasion that brings people together to relish food, music, and thousands of glittering lanterns float on the water. This event takes place in multiple states across the USA, with Colorado being among them. The Centennial State hosts one festival in the Denver area and another one in Colorado Springs.

Thornton Water Lantern Festival (July 2023)

The first-in-class Thornton Water Lantern Festival takes place in mid-July at Carpenter Park, Thornton, just north of Denver. The festivities start at 5:30 pm and last up to 10 pm. At 8:30 pm, you are welcome to design your lantern and prepare it for a magical water journey. The mass lanterns launch is scheduled for 9 pm.

Colorado Springs Water Lantern Festival (unconfirmed in 2023)

Alternatively, visit Colorado Springs Water Lantern Festival in Memorial Park. The gates are usually open 5 pm through 10 pm. Still, the best part comes at nightfall, when festival attendees launch glowing lanterns on Prospect Lake and indulge in the comforting atmosphere of hope, love, and belonging.

We highly recommend checking the official websites listed in the External Resources below for the tickets and other details, which are subject to change. And last but not least, have no worries concerning the waste, for the lanterns utilized at the festivals are eco-friendly, made from wood and rice paper. Besides, the staff cleans everything up after the celebration is over. So just relax and enjoy.

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Last updated: by Olha Savych