Denver’s popular Independence Eve fireworks display is back this year. (Richard Scinto/Patch)
DENVER, CO — July 4th is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to fire up that barbecue and find out what Fourth of July fireworks and festivities are going on near you this Independence Day. We gathered up the fireworks shows, parades and events happening in Denver so you can start planning now.
Here’s what’s in store in Denver:
Independence Eve Fireworks
Where: Civic Center Park – 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver
When: July 3 – live music will begin at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at about 8:30, according to the City of Denver event page.
Colorado’s largest free community Independence Eve fireworks event is returning for its 10th anniversary with live music, food trucks and craft beer bars. Entertainment highlights include the Colorado Symphony and Chris Daniels & The Kings. The fireworks will go off from atop the Denver City and County Building with a light show underneath.
Where: Founder’s Green, 7601 29th Ave.
When: the breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. on July 4, and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Bring your decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters to participate in the parade. Participants should line up along 29th Avenue, east of Syracuse St., and head east turning left on Valentia Street, then loop around back on 29th Avenue. There will be parade leaders at the start of the parade to guide participants through the course.
Where: along 23rd Avenue from Dexter St. to Krameria Street. Viewing areas are available along the entire route on both the north and south sides of 23rd Ave.
When: the parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on July 4
This year’s Park Hill parade will include more than 50 groups, including floats, marching bands, costumed characters and classic cars.
Where: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver
When: July 4 – fireworks begin at the park’s closing time – 9 p.m.
The Elitch Gardens fireworks will light up the downtown Denver skyline after rides close.
Where: 715 S Forest St., Denver
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4
This year’s celebration will include live music, pioneer games, face painting, a demonstration from the 1st Colorado Infantry and fireworks at sundown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth and admission is free for kids under 6.
And here are some events in Denver’s metro area:
Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4 – gates open at 7 p.m. and the event runs until 9 p.m.
Where: Stenger Sports Complex, 58th Avenue and Oak Street
Presented by the Arvada Festivals Commission, this free event is considered one of the best fireworks displays in Denver’s metro area.
When: July 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling St., Lakewood
Big Boom Bash, hosted by the City of Lakewood, includes kids’ activities, local food trucks, a beer garden and a 20-minute fireworks display choreographed to music provided by MIX 100. This event is free, with food and beverage available for purchase.
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 3; fireworks will start after sundown.
Where: Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave.
The celebration will include a beer & wine garden, food concessions, exhibitor booths, free entertainment featuring the Nacho Men. A new Kid Zone will include bounce houses, a climbing wall and a performing arts stage with youth dancers and actors.
Events near Denver:
Fireworks at Folsom Field
When: doors open at 8 p.m. on July 4; fireworks begin just after sundown (generally around 9:30 p.m.)
Where: University of Colorado’s football stadium – 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder
For nearly eight decades, Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been a tradition in Boulder. The event, which is named in honor of CU’s mascot Ralphie, includes a stadium-wide sing-along and live music.
4th of July at the Boulder Reservoir
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4 (incoming gate closes at 4 p.m.)
Where: 5565 51st St., Boulder
Families are invited to picnic and swim at the reservoir. Normal entry fees apply: $7 for adults and $4 for youth.
When: activities begin at 5 p.m. on July 4, and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk, usually at about 9:30 p.m.
Where: Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Boulevard, Broomfield
The picnic will include face painting, balloon twisting, a beer garden and food vendors. At 6 p.m., the band Spinphony will play, and Soul X will perform at 7:15 p.m. Open glass bottles and open fires are not allowed in the park.
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