July 1, 2021
You can literally watch a fireworks display every night of the weekend! Starting on Friday at Four Mile Historic Park or on Friday and Saturday at Coors Field after the Rockies games, the fireworks displays culminate on Sunday the 4th, of course! You don’t have to attend an event to enjoy the fireworks, but since there are so many summer celebrations going on, why not?
Thursday – Sunday, July 1-4
FREEDOM VIRTUAL RUN
You can run this patriotic 4-mile race anywhere, anytime—as long as you send in your results by July 4! There’s even a patriotic costume contest, so dress up in your star-spangled best and share the photos on social media to win prizes. This year you can opt for the 1-mile Fun Run, great for all members of the family!
All participants will receive SWAG—a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and race bib, mailed directly to you. 4th of July is the perfect time to say thank you to our Veterans! All proceeds and donations go directly to helping local Colorado Veterans.
Colorado Veterans Project Online
Complete your run by July 4
THRILLS AT MONSTER WORLD
No doubt about it, the 4th of July is a time for thrills. Get yours at the interactive outdoor installment in downtown Denver that’s all about monsters! Monster World is a series of cinematic environments featuring infamous creatures and characters, many of whom are from your favorite horror films and stories!
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 180, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 2
DAY OF JUBILEE
This month’s Day of Jubilee at everyone’s favorite venue is both virtual and live! Starting at 4:00 p.m., there will be a live-captured “global grooves” concert from the Meg York Quartet, as well as a virtual, 360-degree wildlife gallery exhibition from Lori Ruiz!
Then Lori Ruiz will be there in person for a reception of her work! Come and meet the artist as well as your neighbors and share in the joy of jubilee!
The People’s Building, 9995 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Online; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person Reception
Celebrate Independence Day the way they used to at the Four Mile Historic Park! This family-friendly event celebrates the Fourth in the spirit of the Old West with crafts and activities for the kids, live music, prairie games, and fireworks at sundown! Food trucks with yummy treats include Old Time Kettle Corn, Original by Greeks, Good Food Good Living, and The Cravings Truck! Begin your 4th of July celebration early and continue all weekend!
Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Art Walks are back! This signature event of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is a chance to immerse yourself in art in a fun, casual way! The event is FREE and family-friendly—what a great way to introduce art to your kids! You’ll see artwork from hundreds of artists in galleries, studios, co-ops, upstairs, downstairs, in alleys, on the street—everywhere—as you stroll through the festive street-party atmosphere.
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, 525 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
EAGLES TRIBUTE CONCERT
Start the weekend off on a high note with the FREE Concert on the Green series, featuring The Long Run, the best Eagles tribute band in Colorado! Bring along lawn chairs or a blanket for the grass, and come hungry! Food trucks on site include Pozzetti Gelato & Coffee, Em’s Ice Cream, Bombo’s Shave Ice, WeChef Kitchen, and Original By Greeks!
South Green, 29th Ave. & Roslyn, Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
GLENDALE’S FIREWORKS SHOW
If you just can’t wait til the 4th to watch a fireworks display, you don’t have to! Glendale puts on one of the largest and oldest shows in Denver. Head for a prime viewing spot at dusk—600 to 650 Cherry St., along Exposition Dr. (between S. Cherry & Four Mile House), north of Virginia Ave., south of Cherry Creek Dr. and west of Colorado Blvd.
Creekside Park, 4400 E. Virginia Ave., Glendale
Friday-Saturday, July 2-3
ROCKIES GAMES WITH POST-GAME FIREWORKS
For two nights in a row, the Rockies will take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field, and both games will be followed by a huge fireworks display! Check out the fireworks for free from anywhere in the downtown area, or make a fun evening of it and get tickets to watch the game first!
Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver
Fri., 6:10 p.m.; Sat., 7:10 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $30
Saturday, July 3
FARMERS MARKET AT SOUTHLANDS
Get all the great food you need for your 4th of July BBQ! Fresh corn on the cob, peppers, and squash are great grill items, and you can also get fresh fruit for shortcakes and cobblers! Homemade breads and salsas are much better than store-bought—and you can even get a big bouquet of fresh-cut flowers for your picnic table!
Southlands, 6155 S Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PARTY ON THE SQUARE
Larimer Square throws one of the best block parties in Denver—and their 4th of July weekend party is no exception. Groove to the sounds of FREE live music featuring DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band starting at noon. Get your portrait done by a caricature artist and browse the many independent shops in the area. Hang out on one of the outdoor patios and grab a bite at a world-class restaurant! This is partying in style! No tickets or advance registration is required.
Larimer Square, between 14th and 15th on Larimer St., Denver
Starting at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, July 3-4
MEET IN THE STREET
This may be the largest “block” party in Denver! Spanning 8 blocks and two days, you’ll get in the holiday spirit at this vibrant summer festival taking over the 16th Street Mall. Live music everywhere, games and activities for the kids, and extended restaurant patios make this a great place to reconnect this summer!
16th Street Mall
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4
JULY FOURTH PARADE
Nothing gets you in the spirit of the 4th of July like an old-fashioned parade! The nearby historic Park Hill neighborhood will be hosting the largest Independence Day march in Denver, with dozens of floats, marching bands, classic cars, and costumed dancers. New groups as well as returning favorites will parade along 23rd Avenue in celebration of community, diversity and equality!
23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St., Denver
CITY PARK JAZZ
For a great way to cool down your 4th of July, head over to City Park for an evening of FREE jazz music! Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors will be performing—Steen has been part of the Five Points scene ever since the thriving jazz era of the 1950s.
Back then, the Five Points neighborhood was the heart of jazz in Denver and played host to all the greats: pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonist Charlie Parker, and trumpeter Miles Davis, just to name a few. Purnell Steen was one of the local players who also kept things cooking.
City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
AURORA’S 4TH OF JULY
Yes! There will be fireworks in Aurora this year! The Great Lawn will also be open for a neighborly gathering, but this year is BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks). No food trucks, activities or music will be happening, so if you head over the Municipal Center to see the fireworks, keep in mind it will be JUST the fireworks.
Municipal Center’s Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.; Fireworks start at dusk
ELITCH’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY
You don’t have to spend the day at Elitch’s to enjoy the fireworks extravaganza afterwards—but why not make a day of it?
When you buy your admission ticket earlier in the day, you’ll get to stay in the park after closing and get front row seats for Denver’s best fireworks display.
Fireworks will also be visible in the downtown area, so if you’re enjoying the street party at the 16th Street Mall, you’ll also get a peek at the big display!
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Tickets: Included with admission ($45)
Celebrate the Fourth Near Southshore!
Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find July 4th celebrations within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.