BOOM! BANG! Fourth of July festivities abound in the metro Denver/Boulder area. We’ve found some of the low-cost and no-cost festivals, feasts and parades that should keep you and the family entertained. Here’s what is happening July 1, 2, 3 & 4. Events are listed alphabetically. (Note: In case of bad weather, some fireworks displays may be cancelled. However, celebrations usually go on as planned.) Check back here and on event websites for updated information.
Saturday, July 1
Cranmer Park 4th of July Picnic – Starts at 6 p.m. until the last sparkle of the Glendale fireworks, which should be highly visible from the park. Sweet and savory food trucks on site. The Denver Municipal Brass Band will play patriotic, jazz and popular music until fireworks around 9 p.m. Feel free to bring your own picnic baskets and beverages, along with lawn chairs, blankets and games.
Four Mile Historic Park’s Old Fashioned July 4 Celebration – From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy old-fasioned games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks and a beer garden. Bring a blanket and stay to watch the Glendale fireworks show. FREE entry. No pets, outside food or beverages, smoking or flammables. 715 S. Forest St., Denver; 720-865-0800.
Glendale Fireworks Show – One of the largest and oldest in Denver. Starts at dusk (about 9 p.m.) Prime viewing spots at 600 and 650 Cherry Street, along Exposition Dr. (between S. Cherry & Four Mile House), north of Virginia Avenue, south of Cherry Creek Drive and west of Colorado Blvd. Many people gather in and around the parking lots at Whole Foods Colo. Blvd. and CitySet to watch. Rainout date is July 8.
Colorado Rapids Fireworks Show – The Rapids take on the Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32. Food and activities begin at 5 p.m. Denver band AMZY performs one hour prior to the match at Burgundy Boulevard. Post-match fireworks.
Limon 4th of July – The town of Limon hosts a 5K Star Spangled Fun Run at 7 a.m. followed by a horseshoe tournament at Railroad Park and FREE admission to the Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 6 p.m., enjoy the 101st Army Band at Gaskill Field, sloppy joes for a $2 donation, brownies & ice cream and at 9:45 p.m. the biggest fireworks show in Eastern Colorado.
Monday, July 3
Civic Center Independence Eve Celebration – Denver’s Civic Center Park (Broadway & Colfax), 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. FREE concert featuring patriotic and contemporary favorites from Soul X and 101st Army Concert Band from Buckley Air Force Base, accompanied by a light show display on the Denver City & County Building and dazzling fireworks finale. Lawn seating available on first-come, first-served basis. Takes place rain or shine. Civic Center is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or 16th Street free MallRide so use public transportation. 303-861-4633.
Erie Extravaganza. Colorado National Golf Course, Vista Ridge Parkway. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Littleton Red, White and You Celebration – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food, beer & wine garden, exhibits, bounces houses, FREE concert featuring Wash Park Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., 303-409-2100.
Tuesday, July 4
Arvada Independence Day Celebration – Starts at 4 p.m. with FREE family fun in Lutz/Stengler Sports Complex including a military display, Kids Play Zone, human “Hamster” balls, inflatables, live music, craft booths, games, face painting, and food & drink stands. Fireworks begin after 9 p.m. Free parking is first-come, first-served starting at 3 p.m. in the Stenger lot. No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets allowed. ATM machines on site. The park is at 58th and Oak St., 720-898-7400.
Aurora 4th of July Spectacular – FREE activities go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking permitted at Town Center at Aurora, Community College of Aurora and Aurora City Place. Or take the RTD R-Line to Aurora Metro Station. Held at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
Black Hawk Boom Town Fireworks Spectacular – The largest display of fireworks in the state take flight at 9:30 p.m. Prepare to be wowed!
Brighton’s 4th of July Celebration – FREE Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with family activities, food, entertainment and more at Brighton’s Carmichael Park. Headliner Erica Brown with The Movers & Shakers takes the stage at 7 p.m. Laser show during the evening concert. Fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The park is at 6th Ave. & Southern St.
Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast – Gates to he University of Colorado’s Folsom Field open at 8 p.m. for entertainment followed by fireworks. Ride FREE HOP shuttles from downtown and Twenty Ninth Street Mall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. The program starts at 8:30 p.m. with Tte Mad Hops jump rope team, Boy Scout Color Guard and everyone’s favorite, Ralphie. Fireworks cap off the event at about 9:40 p.m. FREE Hop shuttles from/to Twenty-Ninth Street and downtown Boulder.
Broomfield Great American Picnic – Beginning at 5 p.m. in Broomfield County Commons Park with children’s carnival ($6 unlimited play on inflatables, and $3 pony rides), petting zoo, concessions; 5:30 p.m. bike parade (open to all ages); 6 p.m. FACE sings; 7:15 p.m. FREE concert by the That Eighties Band, and 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Limited parking available at the Broomfield County Commons. Additional parking will be located at Legacy High School with shuttles provided from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 303-464-5530.
Castle Rock’s Fireworks – No formal event this year. Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., lasting about 15 minutes, shot off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course, (just south of The Meadows on the west side of town). This high-flying show can be seen from almost anywhere in Castle Rock.
Commerce City 4thFest – The 22nd annual 4thFest takes place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Pre-match festival starts at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard is and FREE to all. Includes obstacle courses, trampoline, ropes course, human foosball, laser tag arena, mechanical bull, live music and more. Largest public fireworks show in Colorado at 9:30 p.m. followed by a performance from country music star Russell Dickerson outside of Eighteen 76 bar. Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Parking lots open at 4 p.m. Limited parking so RTD bus and rail system is encouraged. Route 62 bus stop is at the stadium’s front door.
Denver Outlaws Post-Game Fireworks – The Outlaws vs. the Atlanta Blaze at 7 p.m. One of the coolest close-proximity extravaganzas you’ll ever see. Fireworks within the bowl at Mile High Stadium feature pyrotechnics paired with a show on the 220-foot wide Thundervision screen. Tickets start at $20 (including fees).
Englewood Family Festival – From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Belleview & Cornerstone Parks. FREE event (small fee for some activities and attractions) includes face painting, bungee trampoline, bounce castle and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Also Pirates Cove, Miniature Train and Petting Farm open at 10 a.m. in Belleview Park. Both parks: Belleview and Cornerstone are located near the intersection of W. Belleview and S. Windermere).
Estes Park Go 4th Festival kicks off with an old-fashioned pancake breakfast (adults $8, child $5) from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 920 Big Thompson Ave.More than 100 vehicles on display in the “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Complex. Estes Village Band plays at 7 p.m. at Performance Park Amphitheater. Fireworks over Lake Estes at 9:30 p.m.
Evergreen Music Festival – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buchanan Park. Musical performances throughout the day. Bounce house and kids activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food & drink available for purchase. The Hazel Miller Band headlines from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission: adults $10, teens 13 to 18 $5, kids under 12, active military and veterans are FREE. Parking is $5 at Buchanan Park and Rec Center and FREE at nearby lots. 1520 Evergreen Pkwy., Evergreen.
Fort Collins July 4 Celebration – Morning FireKracker 5K and fun run for kids (entry fees apply), 7:30 a.m. The 35th annual Old Timers’ ballgame at 9:30 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. along Mountain Ave. Starting at 4:15 p.m. enjoy an evening of music, food vendors and more at City Park. Fort Collins Symphony plays at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:35 p.m. FREE Transfort shuttle service to and from the park starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot.
Georgetown 4th of July – The days starts at 11 a.m. with one of the best small town parades around followed by the annual BBQ at City Park. After lunch, stroll through the many independently-owned shops in the historic commercial district located along and near 6th Street. Then, before dusk, head over to Georgetown Lake for a spectacular fireworks display at about 9 p.m.
Golden 4th of July Festival – Annual festival in Lions Park from noon to 11 p.m. FREE rides and face painting. The Johnny O Band plays from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Food and beer concessions. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 1300 10th St.
Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks – XO Band plays FREE concert at 6:15 p.m.; then headliners The Rumour at 7:30 p.m. at Green Valley Golf Club followed by a fireworks display choreographed to popular music. Free shuttle service from 10 locations from 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Check here for schedule and details. 4900 Himalaya Rd., Denver.
Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration – Festivities kick off with a Bike & Pet Parade at Town Center North at 8:45 a.m. Parade participants should be ages 2 to grade 6. At 4 p.m., the action moves to Highland Heritage Regional Park for balloon twisters, face painters, games, inflatables, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Shuttles run from Highlands Ranch High School and Rock Canyon High School to and from the park.
Idaho Springs 4th of July Celebration – A fun afternoon of entertainment featuring Lee Simms and the Platte River Band, Dotsero, Delta Sonics and headliner (at 7 p.m.) Nacho Men.
Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake – Lafayette parties at the lake from 4 to 10 p.m. with food, beer and wine concessions, face painting, balloon sculpting, bounce house and other kids’ activities (some for a fee). Fireworks at dusk. No shuttle service provided. The Park is at 1600 Caria Dr., 303-666-9555.
Littleton Fourth of July Festival – FREE fun, entertainment and games in Belleview and Cornerstone Parks starting at 3 p.m. Food concessions available. Fireworks show launches from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at about 9:30 p.m. No alcohol and personal fireworks allowed. Please leave pets at home. 5150 S. Windermere St.
Longmont 4th of July Concert in the Park – FREE Independence Day Concert from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Longmont Youth Symphony, Longmont Chorale and Longmont Symphony in Thompson Park (420 Bross St.). Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd. (No parking at the fairground that evening). Be sure to check the website for parking options.
Loveland July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park – FREE activities and displays all day starting at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. 25+ vintage cars on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus enjoy games, face paintings, and tons of food booths. Loveland Concert Band takes to the Hammond Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:17 p.m. over Lake Loveland.
Niwot’s July 4th Celebration – Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Niwot Market ($5 for adults and $3 for kids) for pancakes, sausages, eggs, green chiles, orange juice and coffee. At 9 a.m. concert by Niwot Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. Bicycle decorating starts at 8:30 a.m. and parade beginning at 11 a.m. with vintage cars, color guard, pets, decorated bikes, line dancers and citizens young and old. Parade runs from Cottonwood Square, across Niwot Road, along 2nd Avenue to Murray Street. Firehouse Museum open for tours before and after the parade. Bongo and popsicles at Niwot Realty post-parade.
Northglenn 4th of July Family Festival – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. All day event including Pancake Breakfast, Pedals and Paws Patriot Parade, 4-mile run, car show, bounce houses, pedal boats, Duck Derby, bake sale, Beer Garden and concert by Soul School. Food & community booths open at noon. Fireworks display set to music at 9:30 p.m. over Webster Lake. E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park across from City Hall, 11801 Community Center Dr.
Observatory Park 4th of July Parade – Handmade non-motorized floats parade along Warren Street between Milwaukee and Fillmore starting promptly at 10 a.m. Festivities run until noon. Music by the VFW Band and a fire truck is on hand. Refreshments for sale.
Park Hill 4th of July Parade – The northeast Denver tradition starts at 1:30 p.m. and runs on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St. Includes floats, bicycles, costumed characters, classic cars, a marching band and more. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair on the 2200 block of Kearney with food, live music, kids’ activities and more.
Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Salisbury Park. FREE bounce houses, slides, games, wacky world inflatables and climbing wall. (Small fee for face painting and tot train.) Food and live music. Six Million Dollar Band performs at 6 p.m. Then fireworks at 9:30 p.m. set to patriotic music. Parking for 2,500 cars available at the park for $5, cash only. No alcohol, tents or canopies. Coolers and picnic items are okay. ATMs on site. Salisbury Park, 12010 Motsenbocker Rd.
Stapleton Pancake Breakfast & Parade – Start with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. ($5/adults, $3/children or family 4-pack for $12) followed by an old-fashioned parade with bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park, 303-388-0724.
Thornton 4th of July – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Beer garden & food vendors, FREE Thornton Community Band performance at 5:15 p.m., presentation of colors, Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m. Skydivers jump at 9:30 p.m. As soon as parachutists land, the fireworks start. Parking details here. Carpenter Park Fields, 11000 Colorado Blvd.
Westminster 4th of July Celebration – Kids Activity Zone and food vendors open at 4 p.m. Aerial Assault Performances are at 4:30 p.m, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A FREE concert by Wash Park starts at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Have fun in the Activity Zone playing on jumping castles, slides and more. Parking is VERY limited. Use the FREE shuttle bus from many locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills. Grills, personal fireworks and glass containers are not allowed at the event. Westminster City Park, 10475 Sheridan Blvd.