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4th of July in Denver: Guide to Independence Day for Families

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Happy 4th of July in Denver! The Mile High City is a fabulous place for your Independence Day celbrations. We’ve rounded up Denver’s best parades, fireworks, festivals, outdoor fun and so much more. 

4th of July Fireworks Displays, Parade and Festivals in Denver


Arvada Fireworks Display — Since 1979, the City of Arvada has celebrated Independence Day on July 4th with a spectacular fireworks display at the Stenger Sports Complex. Gates at the Stengler Sports Complex open to vehicles at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. No personal fireworks, alcohol, drones or pets allowed. The park is at 58th and Oak Street.


Aurora 4th of July Spectacular — On July 4th, the 4th of July Spectacular will, indeed, be spectacular!  This event will have food trucks, a variety of musical performances and a large fireworks show! Fireworks will be launched from Bicentennial Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will last 30 minutes..


Berthoud Fireworks Celebration — On July 3rd, the fireworks display will take place and will be viewable at 9 p.m. from your front porch. Free admission into Bein Baseball Complex and the kid’s zone which includes Inflatable Slides, Noco Mobile Gaming, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, and Laser Tag. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. includes food trucks and kids zone.


Brighton Fourth of July — On July 4th, Carmichael Park comes to life from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, music and food vendors. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The Park is just behind City Hall at 500 S. 4th Ave.


The Great American Picnic — On July 4th, starting at 5 p.m. at Broomfield County Commons Park, there will be fun for the whole family, with inflatables, concessions and food vendors and a beer garden for those 21+. Add a creative spin to your holiday in the one-of-a-kind Bike Parade, then enjoy the show with music and giveaways starting at 6 p.m. The evening ends with a bang with fireworks set off at 9:30 p.m.


Brush 4th of July —Don’t miss the annual 4th of July Parade from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  This year’s theme is Freedom to Ride.


Fourth of July Fireworks — On July 4th, turn your attention to Santa Fe Quarry Mesa for the Town’s annual 15-minute fireworks display. Similar to years past, fireworks will shoot off at sundown (around 9:30 p.m.) from the butte located just south of The Meadows, above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course.


Commerce City 4thFest — The annual 4thFest is the largest public fireworks show in Colorado and takes place on July 4th around 9:30 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado Rapids vs. Austin FC at 7 p.m. and parking lots open at 4 p.m. Route 62 bus stop is at the stadium’s front door.


Central Park Pancake Breakfast & Parade — On July 4th, the  Annual Pancake Breakfast begins at 9 am at the South Green (29th & Roslyn). Stick around until 10:30 a.m. for the old-fashioned parade with decorated wagons, bikes, trikes and scooters.

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks — On July 2nd, the Rockies play the Arizona D-Backs at Coors Field at 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. respectively, followed by a huge fireworks display. Ticket prices vary based on seat location.

Cranmer Park Community Picnic — On July 1st at 6 p.m., the 4th Annual Community Picnic at Cranmer Park will feature a concert of patriotic and popular music performed byThe Denver Municipal Band.

Elitch Gardens — On July 3rd, don’t miss as Elitch lights up the Downtown Denver skyline with their annual fireworks extravaganza! Shows start at park closing time. Show is free with a daily ticket or season pass.

Four Mile Historic Park’s Independence Day Celebration – On July 2nd, bring your family and experience the holiday in the spirit of the West with live music, fun activities and prairie games starting at noon. Watch the fireworks show at sunset. Purchase tickets on the website. 715 S. Forest St., Denver; 720-865-0800.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade —The Park Hill Parade is on for 2022! Please join this community in northeast Denver at 1:30 p.m. on  July 4 for a celebration of community and equality with 50+ floats, costumes, classic cars and marching bands. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair on the 2200 block of Kearney with live music, tasty food kids’ activities and more.


Englewood 4th of July Independence Day Celebration — On July 4th, celebrate our National Holiday with friends and family at Belleview Park and Cornerstone Park starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy local business vendors and food trucks. Bring a picnic dinner and blankets to watch the fireworks! The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.


Erie Fireworks Show — New this year, Erie is excited to host the 2021 celebration at the Erie Community Park (450 Powers Street) on July 3 with the fireworks launched at 9:30 p.m. from the rooftop of the Erie Community Center.


Estes Park 4th of July Celebration — On July 4th, spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, miniature golf or check out the Coolest Car Show. More than 100 vehicles, from “Steam-to-Electric” will be displayed at the Estes Park Events Complex, located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert and a view of the fireworks along with music, food, local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands.


On July 4th, head up to Evergreen for the family-friendly 40th annual Freedom Run 5K to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Tune into the Chamber to find out if the Evergreen Music Festival is happening this year.


4th at Firestone — On July 4th, start the day with a slice of Americana at Firestone’s parade with classic cars and marching bands, which weaves its way through Historic Firestone. Come back to Miners Park (170 Grant Ave.) from 5:30-10 p.m. for their evening event which will include a Maker’s Mart area, featuring handcrafted goods from local artisans. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.


Fort Collins July 4 Celebration — On July 2nd, Fort Collins is going all out with a full day of festivities that include Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament, Firecracker 5K, parade, baseball games, live music and  fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Entry to the fireworks viewing at The Ranch is free and gates at the south entrance will open for vehicle entry at 6 p.m.


Fort Lupton Independence Day Celebration — Food, fireworks, and fun…for real! Celebrating our freedom is pretty awesome in Fort Lupton on July 4th with the regions only Ninja Warrior Course (cash prizes offered!); water slides, bounce house obstacle course, bouncy boxing arena, tractor people mover, face painting, food trucks, humongous shaved ice cones, and a live concert to top off the night. Stay for the brilliant fireworks show courtesy of the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District at dark. 203 S. Harrison Ave.


Glendale Fireworks Show – On Friday, July 2nd, the Glenwood Fireworks Show is one of the largest and oldest in Denver. The event starts at the Community Park and activities include a ropes course for all ages, the fire department’s famous waterslide, Kids Fun Zone and fireworks at dusk (about 9 p.m.)


Golden 4th of July Festival — Join the Golden Lions Club for the 4th of July community celebration in Lions Park on 10th Street. The annual festival will take place from noon-9:30 p.m. with food and beer concessions. Fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. 1300 10th Street.


Independence Day Fireworks — Join the Town of Grand Lake for their famous 4th of July Celebration! There is a multitude of activities around town, like live music throughout the restaurants, and the day culminates with a dazzling fireworks display around 10 p.m. over Colorado’s largest natural lake.

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Highlands Ranch July 4th Fireworks — On July 4th between 9-10:30 a.m., join the Family Pet & Bike Parade (.2 miles) followed by the 1.02 mile Community Parade. That evening around 9:30 p.m., a spectacular display of fireworks will be at Highland Heritage Regional Park.


Idaho Springs 4th of July — On July 4th, stroll through unique shops, art galleries, pan for gold and then enjoy an afternoon of live music and dancing in downtown Citizens Park with a delicious barbecue, followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m. over the Charlie Taylor Water Wheel.


 Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake —On July 2nd, enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day from 4-8:30 p.m. with food, beer/wine gardens, kids activities, live music and fireworks at dusk.


Red, White and You in Clement Park — On July 1st, celebrate our National Holiday with friends and family. The celebration will include Community & Sponsor Booths, Kids Zone Area, Beer & Wine Gardens, and Food Vendors, a free concert and fireworks.


Louisville Fourth of July Celebration — Join the community for free hot dogs and sausages beginning at 6 p.m. (available while supplies last), bounce houses, face painting, and patriotic music from the Boulder Concert Band. The fireworks show will start around 9:45 p.m.


Drive-in Fireworks Show at The Ranch — On July 4th, the city of Loveland’s events include a Kid’s Zone Play Area, bike parade, live music, cornhole tournament, beer gardens and fireworks start around 9:15 p.m. There will be patriotic music and onsite snack trucks.


Niwot’s July 4th Celebration — On July 4th, enjoy the Fun & Festive Fourth of July Parade & Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in front of Niwot Market, followed by a parade through Old Town.


Northglenn 4th of July Celebration —July 4th will be celebrated in smaller events in 4 parks throughout the day and will include fireworks. At noon, enjoy the July 4th Car Show at E.B. Rains Park. THen, enjoy a full day of concerts, DUck Derby, pedal boat and fireworks at 9 p.m.


Parker July 4 Celebration – Fireworks on the Fourth — July 4th will be shorter, but the night will be relaxing and fun! Attendees will have three options to choose from for their fireworks viewing experience: Drive-in only in the north Salisbury parking lot, tailgating in the main polo field parking lot, or viewing from the multi-purpose field. Gates open between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., depending on the experience you choose, and the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Entry prices will vary based on the lot chosen.


Superior 4th of July Celebration — Race * Parade * Festival. On Sunday, July 4th, the city of Superior will celebrate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Downhill Mile Race starts at 8 a.m., followed by a community parade at 9:30 p.m. There will be a fun party at the Superior Community Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with vendor booths, a kid’s zone, games, food trucks and more.


4th of July in Thornton — This party gets started on July 4th at 4 p.m. at Carpenter Park Fields with food vendors, parachutists, a beer garden and more.  The Thornton Community Band will start at 5:15 p.m. and the Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks show will be at 9:30 p.m. 11000 Colorado Blvd. (108th Ave., & Colorado Blvd.)


Westminster 4th of July Celebration — Due to uncertain regulations during the planning phase, there will be no pre-show entertainment or vendors this year. Fireworks will begin on July 4th at approximately 9:15 p.m. at Westminster City Park.


CANCELED for 2022

 Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

 Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks

Lakewood Big Boom Bash


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