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 Saturday.
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Time: Friday, 8 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave.
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. If you want to show up early, there will be drinks, food, and music going on from 4 pm.
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!
In addition to the pre-holiday Fourth of July in Denver fireworks mentioned above, you will find other displays all around town on the 4th. Here are a few places to find them.
Mile High Stadium: They offer one of the largest displays every year. Fireworks kick off after the Outlaws game that night or around dark.
Dick's Sporting Goods Park: They also offer a large display after the Colorado Rapids game.
Coors Field: The Colorado Rockies will have a fireworks display at Coors Field after both the July 3rd and July 4th games.
Fiddler's Green: They will feature a large fireworks display for Fourth of July in Denver after their annual concert.
Elitch Gardens: Their annual fireworks display will begin right after the park closes.
Dates: Friday, 3rd, Saturday, 4th & Sunday, 5th
Time: Friday & Saturday are from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday is from 10 am to 6 pm
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 6. It's one of the largest celebrations on Fourth of July in Denver every year!
Dates: 7/2, 7/3, & 7/4
Location: Coors Field
The San Francisco Giants pull into town for some fun this Fourth of July in Denver. Their three game series with the Colorado Rockies is on Monday 7/2, Tuesday 7/3, and Wednesday 7/4. You can also enjoy fireworks after the Tuesday and Wednesday night games.
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.
The Denver Outlaws, the city's Major League Lacrosse team, take on the Boston Cannons during its annual Independence Day celebration game.
After the game, stick around for one of the Mile High City's best firework shows.
If you plan to stay for the Fourth of July in Denver, check out my recommendations for some of the best in the area. Click the links below to learn more.
Date: July 4
Time: 8 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 New York Red Bulls on Fourth of July in Denver.
This year marks the team's 24th season hosting a match on Independence Day. The holiday post-game fireworks display at Dick's Sporting Goods Park is the largest in Colorado!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood
Enjoy an evening of live music with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre this Fourth of July in Denver. During this family-friendly concert, the symphony orchestra will perform classics such as "Stars and Stripes Forever," the Overture of 1812, and "God Bless America" as well as award-winning songs from both the stage and screen.
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 the symphony performs.
Location: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison
New Jersey rock band Blues Traveler returns to Denver for the group's 24th 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.
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.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Mile High Stadium
On July 2-4, Mile High Stadium plays host to the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse championship game.
To get into the championship game on July 4, 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.
Date: July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Buchanan Park, 1520 Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen
Now in its 29th 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.
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.
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 ninth 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.
Date: Sunday, 7/1
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 Eufórquestra. Their music has been influenced by music from around the world and has a high-energy and international feel.
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.