Fourth of July festivities are upon us! We’ve come up with a list of some of the best places to watch fireworks and celebrate Independence Day
Four Mile Historic Park’s Old Fashioned July 4 Celebration – Friday, July 1st from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy old-time games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks and a beer garden. Bring a blanket and stay to watch the Glendale fireworks show. FREE entry
Glendale Fireworks Show – One of the largest and oldest fireworks shows in Denver is held on Friday, July 1st. Starts at dusk (about 9 p.m.) Prime viewing spots at 600 and 650 Cherry Street, along Exposition Dr. (between S. Cherry & Four Mile House), north of Virginia Avenue, south of Cherry Creek Drive and west of Colorado Blvd. Many people gather in and around the parking lots at Whole Foods Colo. Blvd. and CitySet to watch
Civic Center Independence Eve Celebration – Denver’s Civic Center Park (Broadway & Colfax), Sunday July 3rd from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. FREE concert featuring patriotic and contemporary favorites from Chris Daniels and The Kings and 101st Army Concert Band from Buckley Air Force Base, accompanied by a light show display on the Denver City & County Building and dazzling fireworks finale. Lawn seating available on first-come, first-served basis. Takes place rain or shine
Arvada Independence Day Celebration – The city’s festival commission will take over Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex (entry at 58th Avenue and Oak Street) starting at 4 p.m. July 4 with food trucks, live entertainment and a KOOL 105 simulcast. Face painters, bouncy houses, human hamster balls and community vendors will offer family-friendly diversions. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Golden 4th of July Festival – Lions Park Ballfields plays host to this city’s 9:35 p.m. fireworks display July 4, which is more vulnerable to wind-related cancellation based on Golden’s proximity to open spaces (don’t worry: if it’s canceled, it will be rescheduled). A noon-11 p.m. festival leads up to the display with rides, face painting, live music and food/drinks
Northglenn July 4th Festival – Wake up early for Northglenn’s 4th of July Family Festival, which begins at 7 a.m. July 4 with a Boy Scout pancake breakfast followed by the Patriotic Pooch Parade, a four-mile run, the Bike, Trike & Wheelchair Parade, kids fun area, car show, live music and bake sale. Food and community booths open at noon, while fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Webster Lake in E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park across from City Hall
4th of July in Thornton – How’s this for spectacle? Nighttime skydivers will jump at 9:30 p.m. July 4 over Carpenter Park (11000 Colorado Blvd.) and the moment they land, the fireworks start. Family activities begin at 4 p.m. with food/drink, live music, a presentation of colors and more. Paved and unpaved parking is available in the lots south of the Carpenter Park Fields and west of 108th Avenue