One of the best times to experience summer in Denver is the Fourth of July.

After a less-than-normal holiday last year, the festivities are going to be over the top! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m more than ready for my fair share of burgers off the grill (veggie burger, duh), fireworks, and Bomb Pops. If you need an excuse to take a trip out to Colorado, this is your sign. COME TO DENVER. The list of things to do here is endless, so here’s a few ideas to get you started. All that’s left is booking that flight!

Fireworks

  • Colorado Rockies game, July 2-3: Head over to Coors Field to catch a Rockies game AND fireworks! You’re telling me I can watch fireworks while eating ballpark food? Count me in.
  • Englewood Fourth of July Festival, July 3: The City of Englewood will have local vendors and food trucks starting at 5 p.m. at both Belleview and Cornerstone Parks. Hang out and support local businesses before the fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
  • Estes Park Fourth of July Celebration, July 4: Estes Park is home to Rocky Mountain National Park and their Fourth of July festivities don’t disappoint. You’ll find live music, food, local craft beer, wine, and cool cars across a couple different locations. Make sure to stick around for the fireworks over Lake Estes at 9:30 p.m.!
  • Golden Fourth of July Festival, July 4: Alex and I love exploring Golden, and their annual festival has something for everyone! The fun starts at noon with fireworks kicking off at 9:30 p.m.
  • Idaho Springs Fourth of July, July 4: This is another one of our favorite spots. Spend an afternoon listening to live music, drinking in the beer garden, and dancing in their downtown area before the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Parades

  • Highlands Neighborhood Fourth of July, July 4: Who doesn’t love waving at the firetrucks and snagging free candy? Not only is there a fun parade, but afterward they’ll have live music, bike decorating, field day games, and a community picnic. And it only gets better. They create a 200-foot long ice cream sundae! That has my name allllll over it. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m and travels down 32nd Avenue, ending at Hirshorn Park.
  • Park Hill Fourth of July Parade, July 4: This parade in northeast Denver starts at 1:30 p.m. and has everything you’d expect from a parade – floats, costumes, classic cars, marching bands, and more. Once it’s over, you can enjoy food, live music, and fun activities for kiddos.

Concerts

  • Zeds Dead at Red Rocks, July 2-3: You have two nights to catch this Canadian duo! Their music falls under the EDM and house genre, so you know it’s gonna be a party.
  • Blues Traveler at Red Rocks, July 4: This is a rock-improv jam band that plays a little of everything, from blues, folk, south, and Southern rock. If you’ve never been to a show at Red Rocks, I 10/10 recommend you snag some tickets.

Activities

  • Four Mile Historic Park’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2: From 5  to 9 p.m., check out the live music, prairie games, fun activities, and local food trucks! 
  • Elitch Gardens, July 4: This amusement park in downtown Denver has a huge fireworks show every year once the park closes at 10 p.m. The show is free with a day ticket or season pass, so make a day of it and have some fun at the park beforehand.
  • Liberty 4 Mile Run, July 4: This race is back for 2021! You can hit the road either in Denver or anywhere in the U.S. virtually. You guys know you won’t catch me running, but I know tons of runners and families who love celebrating holidays with a race!
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders, July 4: A lot of you know Alex is a soccer junkie, so I had to include our city’s MLS team. This will be the first game back at full capacity, so grab some tickets, relax with a beer, and cheer on the Rapids. Go sports!

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