Fourth of July in Denver 2017

This Fourth of July in Denver, you'll find plenty of fun patriotic events where you can honor America the beautiful. 

Put on your red, white, and blue for parades at Highlands Ranch or Park Hill. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn listening to tunes at Hudson Gardens or Civic Center Park. If you're a sports fan, the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids and Denver Outlaws are all in town.

There's also the world-class Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and what would the holiday be without the annual Blues Traveler concert at Red Rocks? 

All of these events are a great way to say, "Happy birthday, USA!" 

This year, July 4th falls on a Tuesday.

Fourth of July in Denver

Independence Eve at Civic Center

Fourth of July in Denver

Date: July 3

Time: Monday, 8 p.m.

Location: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202

Get into the patriotic spirit a day early during the Independence Eve festivities on July 3. This free celebration features music, a light show, and fireworks set among the grand architecture of Civic Center Park, a historic 12-acre gathering space that serves as the civic and cultural heart of Denver. Colorado's own Chris Daniels and the Kings and the 101st Army Band from Buckley Air Force Base will perform patriotic and contemporary music. 

Bring your blankets and low rise chairs and be sure to arrive early to get a great spot on the lawn. Concessions are available onsite, but you can also bring a picnic (no glass containers) to enjoy while watching the show. 

The park is easily accessible by light rail and free 16th Street MallRide. It's the perfect way to kick off your celebrations in Fourth of July in Denver!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Dates: July 1 - 3

Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Cherry Creek North Shopping District (from Second to Third Avenues between Clayton and Steele Streets)

The visual art, live entertainment, and fine cuisine at the award-winning Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a feast for your eyes, ears, and tastebuds. You'll get a chance to meet renowned juried artists, view artist demonstrations, and participate in activities such as mural painting. 

Check out jewelry, ceramics, prints, metalworks, photography, and more works by talented artists. Sample culinary treats from food trucks and specially selected local eateries.

The weekend-long event, with an expected 350,000 visitors, begins on July 1. It's one of the largest celebrations on Fourth of July in Denver every year!

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Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

Dates: 7/3, 7/4, & 7/5

Location: Coors Field

The Cincinnati Reds pull into town for some fun this Fourth of July in Denver. Their three game series with the Colorado Rockies is on Monday 7/3, Tuesday 7/4, and Wednesday 7/5.

>> More Colorado Rockies games this season

>> The best places to stay near Coors Field

Denver Outlaws

Denver Outlaws

Date: July 4

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.

The Denver Outlaws, the city's Major League Lacrosse team, take on the Atlanta Blaze during its annual Independence Day celebration game.

After the game, stick around for one of the Mile High City's best firework shows. 

>>Learn more about the Denver Outlaws

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Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids

Date: July 4

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

Denver's Major League Soccer team, the Colorado Rapids, will be looking for a win against the reigning champion Seattle Sounders FC on Fourth of July in Denver.

This year marks the team's 22nd season hosting a match on Independence Day. The holiday post-game fireworks display at Dick's Sporting Goods Park is the largest in Colorado! 

>>Find out more about the Colorado Rapids

Train at Fiddler's Green

Train

Date: July 4

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village

Enjoy an evening of live music with Train at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre this Fourth of July in Denver. Opening bands for the evening include O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. Doors open at 5pm.

With its beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, this expertly designed amphitheater is the perfect setting for a spectacular fireworks show. The fireworks will begin after Train performs.

Blues Traveler at Red Rocks

Blues Travelers

Date: July 4

Times: Doors 4 p.m., show 5 p.m.

Location: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison

New Jersey rock band Blues Traveler returns to Denver for the group's 23rd Fourth of July performance at Red Rocks. Opening bands for the night include Rusted Root, Spin Doctors & The Samples. 

The venue doesn't have its own fireworks show; however, the audience can see displays from Boulder and Denver throughout the performances.

>>Find additional concerts this month in Denver

Highlands Ranch Fourth of July Parade

Highlands Ranch

Date: July 4

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch

The Independence Day fun gets started early at the Bike and Pet Parade, a short-and-sweet display of bikes and pets decorated in red, white, and blue. The parade, only 0.2 miles, is for youngsters in sixth grade and below. 

Following the kiddos and pets is the community parade and 5K run along the streets of Highlands Ranch. Candy will be handed out during the parade. 

World Series Youth Lacrosse

World Series Youth Lacrosse

Date: July 4

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO 80204

On July 4, Sports Authority Field plays host to the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse championship game. 

To get into the championship game, you'll need to purchase a ticket to the Denver Outlaws lacrosse match later that evening at the venue. During the Outlaws' halftime, the champions will be awarded their trophy.

After the Outlaws game, top off the day at Mile High with a grand fireworks display. 

In addition, you can also catch games for this tournament on July 2 and 3 at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Stapleton. The winners of these games play the finals on July 4.

>> Details to attend an Outlaws game

Evergreen Music Festival

Evergreen Music Festival

Date: July 4

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Buchanan Park, 1520 Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen

Now in its 28th year of honoring military members, the Evergreen Music Festival programs a full day of performances along with many other activities. The music starts at 10 a.m. and is topped off in the evening by a dance party with the Hazel Miller Band.

Check out ballet dancers, chamber music, brass and jazz bands, the hot-rod car show, and food trucks. Children's activities include bounce houses, henna and face painting, and balloon animals. 

This festival on Fourth of July in Denver is free for veterans and active military personnel and children 12 and younger, $5 for teens, and $10 for adults 19 and older. 

>> Visit their site for ticketing information

Concerts at the Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Date: July 4

Times: Gates 5:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

This Independence Day, celebrate our freedom with Boulder rock group Firefall as it performs its hits "Just Remember I Love You," "You Are the Woman," and "Cinderella." The concert takes place at Hudson Gardens, an outdoor amphitheater set on 30 acres near historic downtown Littleton. 

All seating is general admission on the lawn. Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair and a picnic. Food trucks will also be onsite.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

Park Hill 4th of July

Date: July 4

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Park Hill neighborhood (along 23rd Avenue between Dexter Street and Krameria Street)

This Fourth of July in Denver, head to the Park Hill area for its eighth annual Independence Day parade. The parade route along 23rd Avenue stretches a mile from Krameria Street to Dexter Street and features marching bands, acrobats, bikers, vintage cars, and floats. 

After the parade, stick around this historic and diverse neighborhood and walk over to Kearney Street for a street fair with food, music, and children's activities.

City Park Jazz

City Park Jazz

Date: July 2

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd

If you’re looking for something to do before the Fourth, head to City Park on Sunday for a free outdoor concert by local musicians Purnell Steen and LeJazz Machine. 

City Park allows in low-back chairs and your own food. The food-truck fare is a true melting pot — selections include Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, tacos, pizza, gyros, and more. 

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