Denver’s Top Events for 4th of July Weekend
posted by: Amber Johnson
Happy Independence Day! Denver has plenty of awesome events this week and you’ll love these 25+ fabulous 4th of July recipes. Be sure to visit our event calendar for full listings. Also, don’t miss Denver Free Days 2019 and our week-by-week guide to FREE outdoor concerts in Denver.
Red, White and You at Robert F. Clement Park
July 3, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Red White & You is the largest free community event in South Jefferson County. Geared toward all ages and designed to bring the community together, attendance is estimated at 35,000+ annually. The event includes kids’ activities, live entertainment, food concessions, community business booths, beer & wine garden, and a fireworks display.
2019 Evergreen Music Festival at Buchanan Park
July 4, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Celebrate the 4th of July at the 30th annual Evergreen Music Festival featuring 14 fantastic performance groups on two stages! In addition to the regional performing artists on Independence Stage, the Evergreen Scene stage will feature some of Evergreen’s most popular local bands.
Food Truck Rally at Stanley Marketplace
July 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This traveling series of community block parties is stacked with local food trucks, vendors, live music, craft beverages, and fun-loving people, and it’s coming to your neighborhood! Dozens of local food trucks will line the streets, serving up everything from BBQ and tacos to noodles to shawarma,
Loveland Celebrates 4th of July at North Lake Park
July 4, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Independence Day in Loveland just got a little more spark. The City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department’s July 4 Festival at North Lake Park will be bigger and better than ever! Colorado band The Burroughs is headlining the event with Dale Cisek Band opening the show. Tunes from the Battle of the Bands competition earlier in the day can be heard over beers sipped inside the Beer Garden.
Park Hill 4th of July Parade at Park Hill Neighborhood, Northeast Denver
July 4, 1:30 pm – 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!
Celebrate 4th of July at Waneka Lake
July 4, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Join us as we Celebrate the 4th of July at Waneka Lake! Enjoy an old fashion July 4th with Food from Abo’s Pizza, All American Grill, Eats and Sweets and Cuban Fusion Kids’ Activities including Free Face Painting, Fees Apply for Bungee Trampoline, Bounce House and more.
Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
July 4, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against the New England Revolution, followed by fireworks.
Denver Outlaws vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
July 4,7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!
Free Day at Museo de las Americas
July 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educate our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival at Cherry Creek North
July 5 – 7
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF), is a world-class and award-winning celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts. Situated in the tree-lined streets of Cherry Creek North, CCAF transforms the district into an innovative outdoor art show featuring the work of 265 artists, including both renowned and emerging artists, and offers an interactive art experience for everyone. CCAF relies on the support of a number of partners, some of whom have supported the event for more than 20 years, who activate the site with innovative experiences.
SummerSkate at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton
July 5, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In 1979, the mayor of Los Angeles declared Venice Beach “the roller-skating capital of the world.” Forty years later, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton plans to lay claim to that title this summer by bringing Denver its first and only SummerSkate, an outdoor roller-skating rink. Produced by Boulder Creek Events, the Roller
Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo at Jefferson County Fairgrounds
July 5 – 7
The Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo is one of the country’s best and biggest gay-centric rodeos. It features classic events including riding, dogging and barrel racing, along with royalty crownings for multiple genders.
Dive-in Movie: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
July 5, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 28 – August 2. The Water Park closes at 6pm with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30pm.
Revolution and Freedom at Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark
July 5, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join us for an evening of rousing patriotic music under the direction of Maestro Peter Oundjian. From the explosive 1812 Overture to the quiet grace of Copland’s optimistic Outdoor Overture to Gershwin’s roaring Piano Concerto in F, performed with brio by our celebrated soloist and Gershwin specialist Jon Kimura Parker. The evening concludes with patriotic Marches by John Philip Sousa.
Black Christmas at Sie Film
July 5, 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Preceded by an Opening Night Christmas Party and Horror Cookie Exchange featuring DJ Dutch Confetti at 8pm in the Henderson-Withey Lounge!
Free Day at Denver Art Museum
July 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth age 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.
Colorado Renaissance Festival at Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 6 – 7
Flashback to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.
Peter and the Wolf – Family Concert at Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark
July 7, 3:00 – 4:00 am
The Colorado Music Festival and Really Inventive Stuff, animateurs & vaudeville-inspired storytellers for orchestras, will enchant and entertain audiences of all ages with refreshing versions of these beloved classics.
The Philadelphia Inquirer raved about Really Inventive Stuff’s rendition of Peter and the Wolf: VBS 2019 – Be Transformed at South Fellowship Church
July 8 – 12
All kids entering into PreK-5th grade this school year are invited for one FREE week of fun July 8th-12th as we learn what it means to be transformed in our faith. This week will be filled with engaging activities, yummy snacks, creative crafts and hands-on Bible lessons. Come join us as we dig into transforming our heart, mind, body, passion and life for God.
Kids Series: Cinderella at Longmont Museum
July 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This summer, cool off in the Stewart Auditorium with a bag of popcorn in a place where your don’t have to worry if your kiddo cries in the middle of the movie. Your ticket gets you $1 off the hands-on rodeo exhibit too! Buy tickets ahead; these movies sell out!
Ongoing General Events
May 24-Sept. 2
Denver International Airport is brimming with free family-friendly activities all summer. DEN Park on the Plaza will include gardens featuring native Colorado trees and plants, live music, lunchtime fitness classes and family activities. Each Wednesday, join a free, weekly lunchtime workout. Fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga, Zumba and more! Each Friday, enjoy a variety of free, fun, cultural and family-friendly activities and performance and from June 14-July 14 you’ll find free 18-hole mini golf course! Test your putting skills while you wait for your flight or simply as a fun outing. www.flydenver.com/events
Summer of Play
June 21 – August 2
On Friday, June 21, the Art Students League of Denver will launch “Summer of Play,” an invitational exhibition featuring a commissioned piece by the Ladies Fancywork Society, displayed alongside artworks by ASLD’s KidART Camp and Teen Studio instructors. The exhibition, which will r27un through August 2, is focused on playfulness and interactivity.
Neil Armstrong said the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969. In honor of this achievement, get your space suits on and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery this July. The #MoonMonth at FCMoD celebrations continue with programs and events all month long! fcmod.org/
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night at Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
June 7 – August 11, 2019
Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and her brother drowned (or so she thinks!), she begins to dress as a man named Cesario. Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included. cupresents.org
Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum
May 5 –August 25
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This exhibition explores how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces, and corporate identities. The cost is included in general admission which is free for kids 18 and under every day.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five. www.dmns.org
Denver Art Museum
Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids receive FREE general admission every day! There is plenty to do during #SummerofPlay2019 at the DAM including family-friendly artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio (opening June 1). Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space (opening June 1) and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition The Light Show. Don’t miss this summer’s main exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, opening May 5, where children are invited to play in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition where they can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.
Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.
Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more. denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar