Weekend off the Wagon: July 4th edition!

 

Your July 4th Weekend Forecast*

Fireworks and Balloons

Friday, July 1st
Mostly Sunny
High: 85˚ – Low: 62˚
Precip: 0%

Saturday, July 2nd
Isolated Thunderstorms
High: 87˚ – Low: 64˚
Precip: 30%

Sunday, July 3rd
Mostly Sunny
High: 91˚ – Low: 66˚
Precip: 10%

Monday, July 4th
Partly Cloudy
High: 91˚ – Low: 68˚
Precip: 20%

* This is Denver. Bring a swimsuit and ski jacket at all times.

And now on to your events for the 4th of July weekend, ‘Merikuh-style

Friday, July 1st

Red, White, and Brew
Great Divide Brewing Company Tap Room
What better way to celebrate our independence than with Rumble Wood Aged IPA, Smoked Baltic Porter, and the brand new Belgian Style Yeti.  Mmmm beer.
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Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival — Day 1
Douglas County Fairgrounds
This weekend will be packed full of adventure.  The Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned Colorado State Championship Event for the BBQ Challenge.  Plus, there will be music every night, a carnival throughout, and fireworks on Sunday.
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Aurora Sounds of Southlands
Aurora Town Square
Night of free entertainment with the South of Soutlands COncert SEries starting at 6pm.  This Friday Hot Lunch will be performing.
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Colorado Rockies vs Kansas Royals — Game 1
Coors Field
Fireworks Game!  Rockies will be wearing red and white Rockies holiday caps for the next four games in celebration of the 4th.
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Tech N9ne
Fillmore Theatre
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Bonnie & Her Clydes + Special beer release
Star Bar
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First Friday Events:

  • First Fridays on 32nd
    First Friday of the month starting June 3, 5:00-8:00 pm
    Stroll, sip, snack and skip along the unique, boutiques of the Highlands in Northwest Denver.
    Live music, food and drink specials, and late night shopping.
    Along 32nd Ave near Lowell
    More information
  • First Friday Art Walk
    First Friday of the Month during the summer, 6:00-10:00 pm
    Tennyson Street between 38th and 44th Avenues
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  • First Friday Art Walk
    First Friday of the Month, 4-8 pm
    South Pearl Street between Evans and Buchtel in Denver
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  • First Fridays on Santa Fe
    Art Walk- First Friday of the Month, May through December, 6-9 pm
    Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 13th Avenues
    Free food and drinks, live music, art, jewelry and other displays
    More information
  • Golden Triangle First Fridays
    First Friday of the Month, January through September, 5:00-9:00 pm
    Golden Triangle Neighborhood – Lincoln between Speer and 13th Ave in Denver
    More information

Saturday, July 2nd

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Tapping & Denver Launch Party
Freshcraft (1530 Blake Street)
This Saturday, we will be tapping a keg of Petite Sour, the first sour release from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.  Brewer/Owner Chad Yakobson will be on hand to answer questions and three shirts will be raffled off.
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Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival — Day 2
Douglas County Fairgrounds
This weekend will be packed full of adventure.  The Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned Colorado State Championship Event for the BBQ Challenge.  Plus, there will be music every night, a carnival throughout, and fireworks on Sunday.
More information

Cherry Creek Arts Festival — Day 1
Cherry Creek North (Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Come out and enjoy artists, spirits & live music with Colorado’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.

Festival Hours:
Friday, July 1        7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Free Artist Preview Event: Clayton St. ONLY
Saturday, July 2    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 4    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Festival Nights: Music at the Beer Garden:
The sun goes down and the fun turns up!
Saturday, July 2    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Colorado Rockies vs Kansas Royals — Game 2
Coors Field
Rockies will be wearing red and white Rockies holiday caps for the four-game series in celebration of the 4th.
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Sunday, July 3rd

Super Sunday Cinema
Copper Kettle Brewing Co
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Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival — Day 3
Douglas County Fairgrounds
This weekend will be packed full of adventure.  The Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned Colorado State Championship Event for the BBQ Challenge.  Plus, there will be music every night, a carnival throughout, and fireworks on Sunday.
More information

Cherry Creek Arts Festival — Day 2
Cherry Creek North (Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Come out and enjoy artists, spirits & live music with Colorado’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.

Festival Hours:
Friday, July 1        7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Free Artist Preview Event: Clayton St. ONLY
Saturday, July 2    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 4    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Festival Nights: Music at the Beer Garden:
The sun goes down and the fun turns up!
Saturday, July 2    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Denver Outlaws vs Boston Cannons
Invesco Field
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Colorado Rapid 4thFest
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
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Colorado Rockies vs Kansas Royals — Game 3
Coors Field
Rockies will be wearing red and white Rockies holiday caps for the four-game series in celebration of the 4th.
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Civic Center Independence Eve Celebration
Civic Center Park
Join for a free Colorado Symphony concert and fireworks display.
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Umphrey’s McGee
Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Monday, July 4th — Bring out the (non-illegal) fireworks, baby!

Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival — Day 4
Douglas County Fairgrounds
This weekend will be packed full of adventure.  The Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned Colorado State Championship Event for the BBQ Challenge.  Plus, there will be music every night, a carnival throughout, and fireworks on Sunday.
More information

Blues Traveler
Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Cherry Creek Arts Festival — Day 3
Cherry Creek North (Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Come out and enjoy artists, spirits & live music with Colorado’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.

Festival Hours:
Friday, July 1        7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Free Artist Preview Event: Clayton St. ONLY
Saturday, July 2    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 4    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Festival Nights: Music at the Beer Garden:
The sun goes down and the fun turns up!
Saturday, July 2    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 5th

Film on the Rocks: Top Gun
Red Rocks Amphitheater
“I feel the need… the need for speed.”  Yeah, you know this 4th of July FotR is going to rock the house.  And you’ll be signing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” with everyone else.  ‘Merikuh!
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Other specifically 4th of July Celebrations:

4th OF JULY CELEBRATIONS- Friday

  • Littleton Red, White and You Celebration
    Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowels Ave., Littleton, CO 80123
    Event Hours: 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Admission is FREE
    5:00 – festivities begin: food, beer and wine garden, exhibitor booths
    6:00 to 9:00- Musical acts
    9:30 Fireworks
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4th OF JULY CELEBRATIONS- Saturday

  • Glendale Fireworks –
    Saturday, July 2 from 9:00
    Fireworks Show. In case of a rain out the fireworks will be done on July 3rd. The fireworks are fired from Creekside Park, but are visible at various viewing locations throughout the City. The best viewing is at Cherry and Exposition
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4th OF JULY CELEBRATIONS- Sunday

  • Lakewood on Parade Festival –     July 3 at 3pm until 10:00pm        303-232-3389
    Belmar Park – 801 S. Wadsworth Blvd
    Food, live entertainment, activities for kids
    Fireworks at 9:30pm
    Due to cutbacks there will be no parade this year, but there will still be the festival.
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4th OF JULY CELEBRATIONS- Monday (alphabetical by city)

  • Arvada 4th of July Festival
    Independence Day Celebration – Celebrate with family for fun, music, kids activities, entertainment and FIREWORKS. Presented with Apex Park and Recreation District and KOOL 105. Nancy Bentzen, Chair 303-421-5305.
    More information
  • Aurora 4th of July Festival
    starting at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm live music on west side.
    Aurora Municipal Center lawn 15151 Alameda Pkwy
    More information
  • Broomfield Great American Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza
    festivities start at 5:00 pm, concert Funkiphino at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 9:15 pm
    NW corner of City and County Municipal Center Complex – Third Avenue and DesCombes
    More information
  • Englewood Family Festival and Fireworks
    various activities from 11:00 am with fireworks at 9:30 pm
    Belleview, Cornerstone and Prospect Parks – all parks off of Belleview between Broadway and Santa Fe
    Face-painting, jumping castles, eating contests and fireworks
    Cornerstone Park will host the fireworks at 9:30 pm
    More information
  • Four Mile Park Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Four-Mile Historic Park – 715 S. Forest St.
    Our traditional festivities with music, games and more!
    ADMISSION: $7 adults · $4 seniors/students 7-17· Free 6 & under · Free for members (must enter through kiosk gate) * Horse-drawn rides & food available. Horse-drawn rides – $2 adults, $1 children under 12
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  • Georgetown and Idaho Springs Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations
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  • Georgetown- Parade and 5k race- BBQ, Fireworks at Dusk – Annual Georgetown 4th of July celebration, featuring BBQ at City Park, parade, bucket brigade races and so much more
  • Idaho Springs Fireworks Display – over BRIDAL VEIL FALLS AND TAYLER WATER WHEEL
  • Golden Fireworks
    events starting at noon, concert at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm
    Lions Park – 10th and Maples Streets in Golden
    More information
  • Northglenn 4th of July Family Festival - Information
    E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, across from City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive
    The July 4th Family Festival is Northglenn’s longest-running special event.
    There are fun activities for kids of all ages and many families arrive before sunrise to stake out an area near beautiful Webster Lake.  Activities begin at 7 a.m. and conclude with a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., when the park is packed with 8,000 people!  Scheduled activities include a pancake breakfast, senior bake sale, concerts, the Bike, Trike, Wheelchair and Patriotic Pooches Parade. Visitors can ride pedal boats on Webster Lake throughout the day – even during the fireworks!
  • Thornton 4th of July
    5 p.m. – Walk-Around Entertainers and Food Vendors
    6-7 p.m. – Thornton Community Band
    7:50 p.m. – Presentation of Colors
    8 p.m. – Longmont Symphony Orchestra
    9:30 p.m.- Parachute Jump
    As soon as the parachutists land the fireworks with start
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  • Westminster 4th of July
    6 – 9:45 pm, City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd.
    Come enjoy the best fireworks show in the north metro area. There will be a concert before, food vendors and fireworks at dusk.
    More information


Also, check Westword’s 4th of July Listings, too

 

And remember, it’s the height of the Farmer’s Market season.  Here is a list of some awesome ones:

  • Aurora- Southlands Retail Center – E-470 and Smoky Hill: Saturdays, May – October, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Denver- Cherry Creek: 1st Avenue & University – Bed, Bath & Beyond parking lot; Saturdays, May-October, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Denver- City Park Esplanade – between 17th & Colfax (in front of East High School); Sundays, June-October, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Denver- Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market –www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com 1500 block of S. Pearl Street – Sundays, June through October, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Denver- Stapleton — Quebec and 29th Ave on Sundays, June-September, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Littleton- Civic Green Park –between Lucent Blvd and Broadway; Sundays, May through October, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Lonetree–Yosemite and Maximus behind Stallions; Saturdays, May– October, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

See an event not listed?  Add it in the comments.

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

About Jess Hunter


Jess is a lady and a scholar. If she's not mulling over the various names of famous mustaches and their respective bitter cocktails, she's nibbling on American Craft Singles and Cantillon. Connect with her by email at jesshunter@denveroffthewagon.com.