Denver and the surrounding towns have plenty of options for full on fireworks extravaganzas.
From the explosions in the sky themselves to all of the pre-dark festival fun, we’ve laid out everything you need to make this year’s patriotic partying the best yet.
Creekside Park & Four Mile Park Glendale Festival: July 2 at 5pm Fireworks: 9:15pm Kick off the holiday two days early with the first fireworks show of the summer. People pretty much line the streets for this one so get there early to claim your spot. The Whole Foods parking lot on Colorado is also a popular place to post up. Option B: Grab a $5 ticket ahead of time for the festivities at Four Mile Park, which include live music from That Damn Sasquatch, food trucks, and more.
Coors Field Ballpark Game: July 2 and 3 at 6:10pm Fireworks: After the game ends The Rockies are taking on the Houston Astros for two nights in a row and one thing’s for sure, both games are gonna end with a boom. If you can score tickets to a game, then you’re assured a great show, but you can also post up nearby at places like Jackson’s or ViewHouse to catch the post-game action, no ticket needed.
Civic Center Park Civic Center Festival: July 3 at 4pm Fireworks: 9:30pm It’s the 10th anniversary of this free crowd-favorite for Independence Eve celebrations. Live music kicks off at 5pm featuring headliners Chris Daniels and the Kings and the Colorado Symphony. It wouldn’t be a proper Colorado celebration without a beer (and wine) garden, and food trucks will be there to keep the hungry masses fed while you wait for the main event, the fireworks display and light show.
Clement Park Littleton Festival: July 3 at 5pm Fireworks: 9:30pm Spend the day in the ‘burbs for some good old fashioned day-before-the-Fourth celebrations. Along with the standards -- beer garden, food trucks, a kid’s zone -- this event’s also got hula instruction and a variety of live performances including The Nacho Men, a group that goes all out with singing, dancing, costume changes, and humor for a show that’s totally worth seeing before the big show in the sky.
Broncos Stadium at Mile High Sun Valley Game: July 4 at 7pm Fireworks: After the game ends The Mile High’s professional men’s lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws are going up against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on the Fourth and there will be a stadium-worthy fireworks show once the game ends. This one’s great because even if you’re not inside Broncos Stadium, you’ll likely be able to find a good viewing spot nearby.
Cornerstone Park & Belleview Park Englewood Festival: July 4 at 3pm Fireworks: 9:30pm Pack a picnic and settle in for an afternoon of park fun. This free option draws crowds from all over the southeast suburbs so plan ahead or you’ll be spending the Fourth fighting minivans full of kids over possibly illegal parking spots. There will be food trucks and vendors, but this tends to be a pretty relaxed event.
Folsom Field Boulder Gates Open: July 4 at 8pm Fireworks: 9:35pm Free shuttles from 29th street and Downtown Boulder can get you to this Independence Day celebration. There’s no ticket required so you don’t want to show up late. Once you make it inside the University of Colorado’s stadium, enjoy live performances from School of Rock and more before Boulder County’s biggest fireworks display goes off.
Red Rocks Morrison Concert: July 4; Doors open at 4:30 Fireworks: All around you after the concert Blues Traveler has been playing Red Rocks on the Fourth since basically the beginning of time and that’s not changing this year. While the venue doesn’t do a fireworks display of its own, it does give you a sweeping view of displays all over the Mile High and beyond. The bangs won’t be as loud, but the lights will be plentiful.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Commerce City Game: July 4 at 7pm Fireworks: After the game ends Why go to just any fireworks show when you could go to the largest in the state? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the 24th annual 4thFest. While the Colorado Rapids take on the New England Revolution inside the stadium, outside there will be a free fest with live music and tons of interactive entertainment including a mechanical bull, human foosball, a ropes course, and live karaoke.
Aurora Municipal Center Aurora Festival: July 4 at 6pm Fireworks: 9:30pm In Aurora, live music and local food vendors kick off the free Fourth fun before the fireworks are launched from Bicentennial park after dark. Be sure to pack blankets and chairs for this one so you can claim your viewing spot early.
Stenger Sports Complex Arvada Gates open: 7pm Fireworks: 9pm The City of Arvada is keeping things classic with a focus on the fireworks. Parking is first come, first served for this one and traffic on W 58th near the complex will be shut down that night at 8pm.
Westminster City Park Westminster Festival: July 4 at 4pm Fireworks: 9:15pm Spend the afternoon eating and drinking your way through the food vendors and beer garden before settling in for a pre-fireworks performance by Rockslide at 7pm. A free shuttle bus from a variety of areas in Westminster will be available to take you to the event so go ahead and enjoy that second drink at lunch.
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