4th of July Celebrations Around Denver


Are you ready to get decked out in your red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day 2016?! We’ve got picnics, parades, fun runs, and fireworks on our list of the Denver Metro Area’s TOP 4th of July 2016 Celebrations!

4th of July Celebrations Around Denver 2016 | DMMBDenver

Independence Eve 2016 Event:
Sunday, July 3rd, 8pm
Can’t wait until the 4th to start your celebration of independence? Great! Head downtown to Civic Center Park, for the seventh annual Independence Eve presented by Andarko. FREE concert featuring patriotic and contemporary favorites from the 101st Army Band and Chris Daniels and the Kings, an innovative light show, and a stunning fireworks finale are sure to get you ready to celebrate America’s independence! Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center Park, West Colfax Avenue & Broadway, Denver. Event website

Cherry Creek Arts Festival:
July 1st – 4th
This free, outdoor extravaganza is the city’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts! The festival gives more than 350,0000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family friendly fun sample fine cuisine. At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival experience Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities perfect for youngsters. Visit the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the globe will be presented. Culinary Avenue features tasty treats and live cooking demonstrations from some of Denver’s most popular eateries. Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues between Clayton and Steele Streets. Event website

Liberty Run:
Monday, July 4th, 7:30am
Start your 4th of July off right with a four mile morning run through Denver’s beautiful Washington Park! Registration begins at 7:30am, the 4 mile run/walk starts at 8:30am, and the Kids Firecracker Run is at 10am! Wear your most patriotic outfit for a chance to win some awesome prizes, and stick around for food, beverages, and fun for all ages at the post race expo! Washington Park, 100 S Downing St, Denver 80209 Event website

The Park Hill 4th of July Parade:
Monday, July 4th, 1:30pm
This fabulous, fun, community-friendly event will once again be spreading patriotic cheer 4th of July 2016, along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. Stretching from Dexter St. to Krameria St., this year’s parade will be bigger than ever with marching bands, acrobats, and more floats! Event website

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park:
Monday, July 4th, 10am – 10pm
The park opens at 10am, fireworks begin at 10pm. Looking for a day of excitement and fun? Head to Elitch Gardens where you can spend 4th of July 2016 on the thrilling roller coaster and Slide Zilla at the water park, and then stick around for the fireworks at dusk! Event website


Annual Independence Day Celebration:
Monday July 4th, 4pm – 11pm
Mingle with your family and friends, enjoying the free entertainment and fun from the Arvada Festivals Commission, City of Arvada, Apex Park & Recreation District, and KOOL 105! Face painting, bouncy houses, games, RC cars, human hamster balls, community vendors, and more. A variety of food will be available for purchase from local vendors and food trucks! Come enjoy the daytime fun, and stay for the 4th of July fireworks! Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex, Arvada. Event website


Fourth of July Spectacular:
July 4th, 6pm – 10pm
The City of Aurora invites you to join them for an evening of fun, live music, delicious food, and fireworks that will light up the area skyline and celebrathe the 4th of July! Activities include a car show, BBQ competition, hot dog eating contest, and live music from America’s Got Talent finalist, Emily West – in a free concert beginning at 8pm! Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Event website


Star Spangled Splash 5k 10K and Party:
Monday, July 4th, 8am – 4pm
Have a blast with a day filled with music, food, activities, and fun at the Boulder Reservoir! Activities include a 5K and 10K run/walk (registration fee), a sand volleyball tournament (registration fee), face painting (free), human hamster balls (free), and free demos of sailing and paddle boarding! Gate entry includes an ice cream treat! 5565 N 51st St. Boulder, Colorado 80301. Event website

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast:
Monday, July 4th, 8pm – 10:30pm
After a day of fun at the reservoir, head to Folsom Field for Ralphie’s Indepencence Day Blast 2016! Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the 4th, Boulder style with a sing along, wonderful entertainment, and a beautiful fireworks display! 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. Event website


Great American Picnic:
Monday, July 4th, 5pm – 10pm
The fun kicks off at 5pm with pony rides, a children’s carnival, a petting zoo, food and drinks. Excitement continues with an all-ages bike parade, a concert, and fireworks at 9:30. Don’t miss the 4th of July celebration at Broomfield County Commons Park! 13200 Sheridan Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020. Event website

Commerce City

21st Annual 4th Fest:
July 4th, 5pm – 10pm
Join the Colorado Rapids and Commerce City for an evening of fun, an exciting game, live music, and a fireworks show! The fun begins at 5pm, with the outdoor festival’s family and adult activities including music, an obstacle course, yard games, a bounce house, a beer garden, a bungee run, and so much more! Don’t miss our hometown Colorado Rapids taking on the Portland Timbers at 7pm, followed by the fireworks display. Event website


July 4th Lions Park Festival:
July 4th, noon – 10pm
Join the Golden Lion’s Club for the annual 4th of July community celebration! The excitement begins at noon with free rides for children, face painting, music, food, and drinks! Fireworks begin at 9:30 (weather permitting!) Event website


Independence Celebration at Four Mile Historic Park:
Friday, July 1st, 5pm – 10pm
Head to Four Mile Historic Park for a modern take on an old fashioned July 4th celebration with games, wagon rides, live music, food trucks, and a beer garden. Bring a blanket and stay for Glendale’s fireworks display! 715 S. Forest Street, Denver 80246 Event website

Fort Collins

July 4th Celebration @ City Park:
Monday, July 4th, 7:30am – 10pm
The City of Fort Collins knows how to celebrate July 4th, from the FireKracker 5k at 7:30am and the golf tournament to the 4th of July Parade, live music, and fireworks – there is fun to be had for the whole family! Event website

Jefferson County

Red, White & You:
Friday, July 1st, 5pm – 10pm
Kicking your celebrations off early? Start your independence party on July 1 with the Red, White & You event in Jefferson County! Food, a beer garden, booths, and bounce house fun begins at 5pm followed by live music and fireworks! Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123. Event website


July 4th Fireworks:
Monday, July 4th, 6pm – 10pm
Live music, food trucks, bounce castles, games, face painting, henna and more! Bring the whole family out to celebrate the 4th of July 2016 with fun! Please check the event website for important parking information! Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 West Dillon Road. Event website


Let Freedom Sing!:
Monday, July 4th, 6pm – 10pm
Celebrate Independence Day at the Town’s Annual Let Freedom Sing! Bring blankets and lawn chairs and be ready for an evening of food. music, and tons of family fun. Bounce houses, inflatable activities, a climbing wall, face painting, bungee trampolines and more will keep the family entertained along with live music. The evening will conclude with Parker’s biggest fireworks display beginning at 9:30pm – Don’t miss the fun! Salisbury Park, 11920 Motsenbocker Road. Event website


4th of July in Thornton:
Monday, July 4th, 4pm – 10:30pm
Food vendors, beer gardens, live music, nighttime skydivers, and an incredible “Red, White, and BOOM” fireworks display – what more could you want on the 4th of July?! This celebration presented by the City of Thornton is sure to be fun for the whole family! Carpenter Park Fields, 108th Avenue & Colorado Boulevard. Event website


Celebrate America’s birthday in Westminster!
Monday, July 4th, 1pm – 10pm
The fun starts at 1pm with Uncle Sam’s Splash Bash at Countryside Outdoor Pool. There will be water games, hot dogs, hamburgers, and activities for the whole family! (General admission fee.) The 4th of July Celebration really heats up from 3pm to 10pm– Deck your bike, scooter, or big wheel out in patriotic decorations and ride along in the patriotic bike parade at 3pm! The rest of the schedule includes fun in the activity zone, delicious food from the food vendors, an awesome car show, a concert by Daddy Blue, and the fireworks display at 9:15pm! Gather your family and friends and head to Westminster’s City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. for a day of fun you’ll never forget! Event website

However you decide to celebrate 4th of July 2016, we wish you a happy Independence Day! Please be safe, and remember to check fireworks regulations in your area before you light off your own displays.

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