Boulder Star Lights the Sky on Veterans Day, Welcomes the Holiday Season


The University of Colorado Boulder Joint Service Color Guard at the CU CASE building; the Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain glows in the background

Friends and family gathered at the CU CASE Building on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019 to honor those who have served and ring in the holiday season with the 72nd annual lighting of the Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain. This year marked the first Boulder Star Lighting Festival hosted by the Boulder Chamber, the official steward of the Boulder Star.

Attendees enjoyed a lighthearted atmosphere with cookies and a hot chocolate bar. Comments for the evening were provided by U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse; John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber; Frances Draper, Senior Strategic Advisor at CU Boulder; and Ted Rockwell, Director of Marketing, Continuing Education at CU Boulder and current Boulder Chamber Board Chair.

The University of Colorado Boulder Joint Service Color Guard, led by Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Stockman, was featured at the ceremony. The guard is comprised of the CU Boulder Navy ROTC BN (Navy and Marines), Air Force Detachment 105, Air Force ROTC and CU Boulder Army ROTC members.

The Boulder Chamber would like to thank Citywide Banks, the official Boulder Star Partner, and all of the community members who attended the Star Lighting Festival to celebrate this historic community treasure. We hope this year's festival is only the first of many, and we look forward to celebrating with you again next year!

We would like to give a special thanks to CU Boulder, the CU Boulder Veterans Alumni Association, the University of Colorado Boulder Joint Service Color Guard, and Lord and Reynolds Electrical for partnering with the Chamber on this event and the ongoing maintenance of the Star.

We would also like to thank Star Card producer Leanin' Tree, Star Wine producer Bookcliff Vineyards, artist Kathleen Lanzoni, and the Boulder County Arts Alliance for their support in creating the Star Card and Star Wine, both of which have become beloved tokens of this community tradition for so many Boulder residents over the years.

And finally, our sincerest thanks to all veterans who have served and who we honor with this ceremony. Your contributions to this country and community cannot be overstated. Thank you for your service.

To learn more about the history of the Boulder Star and the Boulder Chamber's continued stewardship of this community asset, click here.


Boulder Chamber President & CEO John Tayer addresses the group of festival attendees


University of Colorado Joint Service Color Guard during the star lighting ceremony


U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse speaking to the crowd


Sukey Williams, Office & Administrative Assistant for the Boulder Chamber, dons a star costume in honor of the occasion

Photos of the 2019 Star Lighting Festival provided by Beth Blacker and CU Boulder Veterans Alumni Association.

Did you miss the Star Lighting Festival?

Don't worry - you can still support and celebrate the Boulder Star this holiday season!

Each year, the Boulder Chamber and Boulder County Arts Alliance select a local artist to create that year's Star Artwork. The artwork is featured on the Boulder Star Holiday Card, produced by Leanin' Tree, as well as on the label of the Boulder Star Wine, a special blend from Bookcliff Vineyards.

The Boulder Star Card and Star Wine are sold by local retailers, and the proceeds go toward supporting the ongoing maintenance of the Boulder Star. The current list of retailers is below.

This year's artwork was created by Boulder artist Kathleen Lanzoni.

Where to Purchase the 2019 Star Card and Wine

You can also purchase your Star Cards online and pick them up at the Boulder Chamber! Click below to order.

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