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4th of July Celebrations in Denver 2016

4th of July Celebrations in Denver 2016

The Fourth of July weekend in Denver boasts plenty of family-friendly events that include the Star-Spangled Splash at Boulder Reservoir, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Independence Eve at Civic Center Park and Park Hill 4th of July Parade, Denver’s largest Independence Day march. Go to our event calendar for additional information. 

Family Adventure Quest at Copper Mountain, Colo 
July 1 – 2 
Families of all ages are encouraged to spend their Fourth of July weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo., and take part in the inaugural Copper Family Adventure Quest on July 2. The Copper Adventure Quest, presented by the Kids Adventure Games, will offer families a chance to experience an adventure course like no other with zip lines, mud pits, slacklines, cargo nets, trekking, biking and a variety of other unique challenges in the Village at Copper and on Copper Mountain.

ivivva Coast to Coast Summer Festival at Cheesman Park Tickets 
June 29, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
ivivva Cherry Creek and Park Meadows have come together to create the biggest yoga festival for girls the Mile High City has ever seen. Get ready for yoga (lead by Denvers most influential instructors), sunset Dreams&Goals, DJ lead dance party, food trucks and more! Better yet, this is a complimentary event that the whole family can join in.

PACE Patio Party at the PACE Center Patio 
June 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
PACE Patio Parties are free events held on their beautiful West Patio. Guests can bring a picnic dinner (no outside alcohol allowed) or purchase snacks and drinks, while enjoying the sunset in a laid-back atmosphere. Space is limited to the first 200 people to arrive. The patio opens at 5:00 PM. 

Sing A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival at Newman Center for Performing Arts 
June 29 – July 3 
Join us for our 11th annual Sing A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival! This year we are thrilled to welcome back guest conductors Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory who will be conducting the massed choir performance as well as the premier of their commissioned work. Dr. Catherine Sailor will return as the Conducting Masterclass Clinician.

First Friday: All American Early Fourth of July Celebration at Museo de las Americas 
July 1, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Museo de las Americas for First Friday Art Walk and visit the Resistance/Restistencia exhibition featuring artist Saner. There will also be plenty of Fourth of July activities for kids.

Independence Celebration at Four Mile Historic Park 
July 1,  5:00 – 10:00 pm
Come celebrate with old-time games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more! Bring your blanket and stay to watch the Glendale fireworks show. Food trucks and a beer garden (valid ID required) will be on site. Admission is free, but there is a charge for food, refreshments, and some activities.

La Alma Connection Art Celebration Block Party and Parade at Arts Street 
July 1, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Featuring live music, street art, food trucks and local vendors. A parade of upcycle floats will move down West 10th Avenue to celebrate the “Neighborhood Connection” of the Osage Light Rail and the Santa Fe Arts District.

A Young People’s concert: Machines and Dreams 
July 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Percussion joins Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the CMF orchestra for a fun introduction to classical music with a program that will entertain and delight the entire family. Inspired by Mozart’s Toy Symphony, Colin Matthew’s Machines and Dreams is a symphonic masterpiece that has been described as “full of broad as well as sly humor,” and features as solo “instruments,” everything from toy pianos to fishing rods to bird calls.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival at Cherry Creek North 
July 2 – 4
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) takes place 4th of July weekend. This annual event is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the 3-day event.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
July 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Youth 18 and under are always free. The general public is free the first Saturday of the month. Join the Denver Art Museum for a dance spectacular featuring twenty different dance groups on four stages. 

Meet in the Street 
July 2 – 3 
Join us for five consecutive weekends this summer for Meet in the Street on the 16th Street Mall! Unique experiences await at every turn including more than 10 expanded patio cafes, fitness classes, arts and cultural programming, live music and more. 

Free Day, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys 
July 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys ($1 donation suggested). 

City Park Jazz at City Park Bandstand
July 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a free concert in City Park? City Park Jazz takes place every Sunday evening in June and July. This weekend, enjoy the sounds of Ritmo Jazz Latino, one of Denver’s finest jazz ensembles.

Independence Eve at Civic Center Park 
July 3, 8:00 – 10:00 pm
This Independence Eve presented by Anadarko, the seventh-annual free community celebration featuring a concert, light show and fireworks display in Denver’s Civic Center Park (Colfax & Broadway) beginning at 8:00 p.m. The concert will feature patriotic and contemporary favorites from Colorado favorites Chris Daniels and the Kings and the 101st Army Band from Buckley Air Force Base.

Star-Spangled Splash at Boulder Reservoir 
July 4, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
A huge post-race party presented by Boulder Beer will follow the 5K & 10K Run. All participants will receive a FREE BEER after the race (must be 21 years or older). The City of Boulder will have slip-n-slides, DJs, vendors, bouncy castles and activities on the beach. Plus, yard games and volleyball courts will be set-up during the day. 

Liberty Run and Firecrackers Kids Fun Run at Washington Park Tickets 
July 4, 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Work off all the BBQ, ice cream and apple pie by running in the Liberty Run. This four-mile run around beautiful Washington Park is a July 4th tradition in The Mile High City and benefits veterans. In addition to awards for the winners of the race itself, prizes will be given to kids and adults with the most patriotic flair, so wear your best red, white and blue. After the run, enjoy food, beverages and a patriotic celebration, including the free Firecracker Kids Fun Run for your littles.

July 4 parade, 5K, fireworks at  Highlands Ranch
July 4, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Celebrate 4th of July in Highlands Ranch with a parade, 5K race, live music, games, beer, and fireworks.

Evergreen Music Festival 
July 4, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Join Evergreen Music Festival for a full day of music, dance, vintage/hot rod car show and children’s activities – plus an evening concert and dance party featuring The Hazel Miller Band! THis will be the 27th year of honoring military personnel and providing outstanding musical entertainment to attendees of all ages from Evergreen and the surrounding communities.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade at Park Hill Neighborhood 
July 4, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Park Hill 4th of July Parade is Denver’s largest Independence Day march. It’s a traditional parade with everything you’d expect, including marching bands, floats, classic cars, costumed characters and much more!

4th of July Celebration at Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex 
July 4, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
 Thousands of people enjoying the day with free activities and fireworks. Face painters, bouncy houses, sensory games, human hamster balls, many community vendors and tons of fun! Purchase great food from our many different vendors and come buy wares from the community vendors.

Celebrate 4th of July at Waneka Lake 
July 4, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned July 4th with food concessions, beer (liquid mechanics) and wine garden, free face painting.  Kids’ activities including pony rides, bungee trampoline, bounce house and more. Free concert featuring Chris Daniels and the Kings Free Fireworks show at dusk.

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
July 4, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver’s downtown amusement park, then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky.

Fireworks at Folsom Field 
July 4 at 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been an annual tradition since 1941. Locals flock to the University of Colorado’s football stadium, Folsom Field, to take part in stadium-wide sing-along, listen to live music, see Ralphie — the real buffalo that is CU’s mascot — and, of course, watch the live fireworks show. 

Green Valley Ranch Concert and Fireworks Spectacular at Green Valley Ranch
July 4, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Don’t miss the official kick off to the 2016 Green Valley Ranch Concert Series and join us on Monday, July 4 for a free concert and spectacular fireworks display.

July 4th Festival at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park 
July 4 at 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Let’s celebrate America’s birthday in this free event for the entire community! Bring your family and friends and enjoy plenty of fun, food, music, patriotism and fireworks. Activities include: a 4-mile Run, pancake breakfast, duckie derby, military salute, car show and patriotic parades for youth and dogs. 

The Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July 
July 4 at 7:30 – 10:00 pm
It’s the return of the Family Friendly Fourth of July with even more surprises and star-studded talent. This family-friendly program features your favorite contemporary scores and the best fireworks the Front Range has to offer! Celebrate America with the Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever, the Overture of 1812, God Bless America and a slew of your favorite hits from stage and screen.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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