A Star-Spangled Good Time: Your Guide to Celebrating the Fourth of July in Denver

Don your best red, white and blue gear and join your fellow Denverites for an Independence Day jubilee with parades, fireworks, music and more!

Fireworks at Denver Union Station. Photo courtesy of Dunn Communications

Fireworks at Denver Union Station. Courtesy Dunn Communications

Old Fashioned Independence Celebration
Four Mile Historic Park 
Looking to get a head start on the festivities? Celebrate the history of the holiday with old-fashioned games, historic demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music and more on Monday, July 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Modern-day staples will include food trucks and a beer garden, plus an after-dark spectacle of the Glendale fireworks.

First Annual Highland Fourth of July Pie Contest
Hirshorn Park
Think your pie has what it takes? Test your baking skills against the palates of chefs from some of Denver’s best restaurants including Mizuna, Humble Pie, TAG Restaurant, Low Country Kitchen, The Family Jones and Little Man Ice Cream. Drop your pie off for judging before 10 a.m. on July 3, and then join the other contestants at Hirshorn Park after the parade on July 4 to see which pies will take home the win. 

Stars & Stripes Express Fest
Denver Union Station 
Head over to the Plaza Beer Garden Patio at Denver’s landmark train station on July 3 from 1 to 10 p.m. for live music and local brews courtesy of Avery Brewing Co. Local Denver tribute bands from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s will take you back in time as you sip and celebrate America’s birthday. 

Independence Eve
Civic Center Park
Rain or shine, kick off the holiday hoopla with a free concert, light show and fireworks finale at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, July 3. Food trucks, beer and wine gardens will open at 4 p.m. Performers Chris Daniels and the Kings and the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard will take the stage at 8 p.m. 

The Liberty Run Four Mile 
Washington Park
No better way to start the day than a morning run (or walk). This event welcomes people of all ages and abilities, and includes the newest addition of fun interactive activities with the Denver Fire Department. Parents and kids: be sure to dress in your best red, white and blue get-up; prizes will be awarded for the most festive child and adult outfits. The run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a free Kids Firecracker Fun Run at 10 a.m. for children eight and under. Register here

Pancake Breakfast and Parade
Fountain Pavilion, Central Park 
Pancakes are an American classic, so what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than indulging in these fluffy stacks of deliciousness (smothered in syrup, of course)? The annual Stapleton Pancake Breakfast, which serves sausage and juice in addition to flapjacks, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park. After fueling up for the day, join a swarm of decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and scooters (oh my!) for the parade at 10:30 a.m.

Highland Fourth of July Parade
32nd and Clay St.; Hirshorn Park
Cold sweet treats are a must when celebrating this summer holiday. Little Man Ice Cream is going above and beyond by serving up a 200-foot long ice cream sundae at the Highland parade and picnic. Yes, you read that right—200 feet of creamy indulgence. But first, grab your bikes and get creative at the bike decorating party at 32nd and Clay St., beginning at 8 a.m. The parade will take off at 9:30 a.m. and end at Hirshorn Park for a festival of music, food (including free hot dogs), dancing and games. The grand finale: mountains and mountains of ice cream!

Park Hill Fourth of July Parade
Park Hill
Gather up the kids and join in on this classic community-friendly Independence Day celebration of floats and fun. The ninth annual parade starts at 1:30 p.m. and marches along 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St. (approx. one mile). After the parade, make your way over to the street fair between 22nd and 23rd Avenues on Kearney St., where food, music, kid-friendly activities and more is in store!

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks
Coors Field
Enjoy the game with a ball park hot dog, cold brew and firework finale. The Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field, 6:10 p.m. on July 3 and 4. 

Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
For a more sophisticated night of fun, sit back, relax and unwind as you listen to classic contemporary scores from the Colorado Symphony. The setlist includes patriotic ballads like “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as well as hits like “Don’t Stop Believing” and selections from West Side Story. Fireworks show included!

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