What to do for the 4th of July 2018

Arvada Fireworks Display – Arvada’s Independence Day Celebration returns to its roots, focusing on the core of the holiday–fireworks! Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Gates at the Stenger Sports Complex are open to vehicles at 7 p.m.

Aurora 4th of July Spectacular – Held at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn. Activities go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music, delicious food and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking permitted at Town Center at Aurora, Community College of Aurora and Aurora City Place.

Boulder: 4th on Pearl – Special edition of Bands on the Bricks from 12 to 8 p.m. The event features live music from The Hazel Miller Band (6 p.m.), Sonic Arcade and Many Mountains. The music starts at 1 p.m., ending just in time to catch Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast at Folsom Field. Activities and an extended beer garden are on the 1300 Block of Pearl Street and the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn.

Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast – Gates to the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field opens at 8 p.m. for entertainment followed by fireworks. Ride free HOP shuttles from downtown and Twenty Ninth Street Mall beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program starts at 8:30 p.m. with The Mad Hops jump rope team, Boy Scout Color Guard and everyone’s favorite, Ralphie. Fireworks cap off the event at about 9:40 p.m.

Broomfield Great American Picnic – The event begins at 5 p.m. in Broomfield County Commons Park with a children’s carnival ($8 unlimited play on inflatables, and $3 pony rides) and concessions. At 5:45 p.m., there’s a bike parade (open to all ages), at 6 p.m. 17th Avenue All Stars perform, at 7:15 p.m. a concert by the That Eighties Band, and at 9:30 p.m. fireworks start.

Castle Rock’s Fireworks – Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., lasting about 15 minutes, shot off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course, (just south of The Meadows on the west side of town). This high-flying show can be seen from almost anywhere in Castle Rock.

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks – The Rockies play the San Francisco Giants at 6:10 p.m. at Coors Field, followed by a huge fireworks display. Tickets start at $21.

Commerce City 4thFest – The annual 4thFest takes place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The pre-match festival starts at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard is and free to all. It includes obstacle courses, a trampoline, a ropes course, human foosball, a laser tag arena, a mechanical bull, live music and more. The largest public fireworks show in Colorado starts at 9:30 p.m. The Colorado Rapids compete against the Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Denver Outlaws Post-Game Fireworks – The Outlaws compete against the Boston Cannons at 7 p.m. Fireworks within the bowl at Mile High Stadium feature pyrotechnics paired with a show on the 220-foot wide Thundervision screen. Tickets start at $20.

Englewood 4th of July Festival – From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Belleview & Cornerstone Parks. The event includes face painting, a bungee trampoline, a bouncy castle and live entertainment. Dragondeer performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Pirates Cove, the Miniature Train and the Petting Farm open at 10 a.m. in Belleview Park.

Estes Park Go 4th Festival – The event includes more than 100 vehicles on display in the “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Complex. (Admission $5, $2.50 for kids.) Estes Village Band gives a free concert at 7 p.m. at Performance Park Amphitheater. Fireworks over Lake Estes start at 9:30 p.m.

Evergreen Music Festival – From 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buchanan Park. There are musical performances throughout the day. A Bouncy house and kids activities are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food & drink available for purchase. The British Car Shine & Show goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Burroughs headline from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Adults are $10, teens 13 to 18 are $5, and kids under 12, active military, and veterans are free.

Fort Collins July 4 Celebration – There is a Morning FireKracker 5K and a fun run for kids (entry fees apply) at 7:30 a.m. A parade starts at 10 a.m. along Mountain Ave. Starting at 4:15 p.m. enjoy an evening of music, food vendors and more at City Park. The Fort Collins Symphony plays at 8:15 p.m. The Fireworks show starts at 9:35 p.m.

Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of JulyStart the day off right with a pancake breakfast and end the day with a fireworks display over Dillon Reservoir. In between you will find: a hometown parade with a kids’ bike decorating contest, great concerts, a block party feel on Main Street and even a free fishing derby for the kids sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Georgetown 4th of July – The day starts at 11 a.m. with one of the best small town parades around followed by the annual BBQ at City Park. After lunch, stroll through the many independently-owned shops in the historic commercial district located along and near 6th Street. Then, before dusk, head over to Georgetown Lake for a spectacular fireworks display at about 9 p.m.

Golden 4th of July Festival – Annual festival in Lions Park from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m, with free rides and face painting. Union Gray plays from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. There are food and beer concessions. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks – New Sensations plays a concert at 6:15 p.m., then The Wash Park Band plays at 7:40 p.m. at Green Valley Golf Club, followed by a fireworks display choreographed to popular music. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration – The celebration starts at 4 p.m. at Highland Heritage Regional Park with balloon twisters, face painters, games, inflatables, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each. Tickets may be exchanged for merchandise such as beer, pop, water,  kiddie rides, etc.

Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake – Lafayette parties at the lake from 4 to 10 p.m. with food, beer and wine concessions, face painting, balloon sculpting, bounce house and other kids’ activities. Chris Daniels & The Kings perform. Fireworks start at dusk.

Littleton Fourth of July FestivalFree fun, entertainment and games in Belleview and Cornerstone Parks starting at 3 p.m. Food and other concessions are available. Dragondeer performs at 7 p.m. The fireworks show launches from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at about 9:30 p.m.

Longmont TinkerMill 4th of July Carnival – From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. fun activities, live entertainment, and the best view of the Longmont fireworks display are available. The carnival includes “Water Wars” water balloon launchers, a trebuchet, a dunk tank, food trucks, beer, a TinkerMill MakeSale, games and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Louisville Fourth of July Celebration – There’s a family-friendly event at the Coal Creek Golf Course from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Face painting, jumpy castles, games, live music by the Boulder Concert Band, and food trucks are on the site. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Loveland July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park – Free activities and displays all day starting at 10 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony. Enjoy games, train rides and tons of food booths. Loveland Concert Band takes to the Hammond Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:17 p.m. over Lake Loveland.

Niwot’s July 4th CelebrationThe event starts with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Niwot Market ($5 for adults and $3 for kids). At 9 a.m. there’s a concert by the Niwot Semi-Marching Free Range Band. Bicycle decorating starts at 8:30 a.m. and the parade at 11 a.m. with vintage cars, color guard, pets, decorated bikes, and line dancers.

Northglenn 4th of July Family Festival – The event runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It includes a pancake breakfast, the Pedals and Paws Patriot Parade, a 4-mile run, a car show, bounce houses, pedal boats, a Duck Derby, a bake sale, a Beer Garden and a concert by Last Men On Earth. Food & community booths open at 12 a.m. A fireworks display set to music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Observatory Park 4th of July Parade – University Park neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July at Observatory Park. Handmade non-motorized floats parade along Warren Street between Milwaukee and Fillmore, starting promptly at 10 a.m. Festivities run until noon.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade – The northeast Denver tradition starts at 1:30 p.m. and runs on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St. It includes floats, bicycles, costumed characters, classic cars, a marching band and more. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair with food, live music, kids’ activities and more.

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration – The event goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Salisbury Park, and has bounce houses, slides, games, inflatables and a climbing wall. The mobile zip line is $5 per ride. There’s food and live music. Six Million Dollar Band performs at 6 p.m. Then fireworks start at 9:30 p.m., set to patriotic music.

Stapleton Pancake Breakfast & Parade – Start with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. ($5 for adults, $3 for children, or family 4-pack for $12) at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park, followed by an old-fashioned parade with bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Thornton 4th of July – The event goes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are beer garden & food vendors. The Thornton Community Band performs at 5:15 p.m, and the Kory Brunson Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Skydivers jump at 9:30 p.m. As soon as parachutists land, the fireworks start.

Westminster 4th of July Celebration – A kids activity zone, which includes jumping castles, slides and more, and food vendors open at 4 p.m. A free concert by FACE starts at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

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