Denver

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Denver this Year

Here's how to watch fireworks and party on the Fourth of July in Denver this year.

Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies

Independence Day is fast approaching, and Denver always knows how to celebrate. While the last two years have been small-scale (if existent at all), this year, nearly all of the best Fourth of July happenings in and around the metro area are back and better than ever. From town-wide festivities to parades to fireworks (or even laser light) displays, find your favourite or closest Fourth of July event and get to celebrating.

Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies

Celebrate at a Rockies fireworks game

July 1 – July 2
Ballpark
A Denver Fourth of July classic, the annual Rockies Independence Day weekend fireworks game is a celebratory frontrunner. After all, what better way to salute America than with its favourite game? That, plus a cold beer, ballpark frank, and an always-incredible fireworks display make for a holiday weekend home run.
Cost: $32 -$195

City of Westminster, Colorado - Government
City of Westminster, Colorado – Government
City of Westminster, Colorado – Government

Westminster Fourth of July Celebration

July 4
Westminster City Park
Free to the public and one of the northern metro area’s best fireworks display, the Westminster Fourth of July Celebration is on once again and ready to knock your socks off. In addition to the fireworks, visitors and families can enjoy inflatables and bounce houses, a magic show, and live music.
Cost: Free

Town of Parker, Colorado
Town of Parker, Colorado
Town of Parker, Colorado

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 4
Salisbury Park
Parker is pulling out all the stops this Fourth of July with live music and entertainers plus a whole carnival complete with face painting, bungee jumping, and a ton of food vendors. But instead of traditional fireworks, expect an epic light show courtesy of 150 drones flying through the air, up to 400 feet and visible from up to two miles away.
Cost: Free

Louisville Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations

July 4
Louisville
Did someone say free hot dogs and sausages? Get yours while supplies last at Louisville’s Fourth of July celebration, which will also feature bounce houses, face painting, and local tunes from the Boulder Concert Band. And of course, fireworks after the sun goes down.
Cost: Free

Englewood Independence Day Celebration

July 4
Belleview Park and Cornerstone Park
Englewood’s annual Fourth of July Celebration-which welcomes and encourages residents from Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, and Arapahoe County to attend-is back this year with a myriad of activities for all ages. Expect DJs, face paint, bubble towers, lawn games, and food trucks, plus open batting cages and balloon art, then skedaddle to your nearest fireworks display to cap off the night.
Cost: Free

Highlands Ranch Fourth of July fireworks

July 4
Highland Heritage Regional Park
While the fireworks show is the obvious draw here, they’ll be accompanied by a selection of food trucks. Or, bring your own food and settle in with your blankets, pillows, and whatever else you need to be comfortable while you watch fireworks light up the sky.
Cost: Free

Infinity Park at Glendale
Infinity Park at Glendale
Infinity Park at Glendale

Glendale Infinity Park fireworks

July 1
Infinity Park
In addition to showcasing a fireworks display at a new location, the Glendale Fourth of July festivities will include food trucks, though BYOB (and food) is welcome. Bring a blanket or chairs and get there early, cozy up, and wait for sparks to fly as streets around the area and the park itself shuts down at 7:30, but the show doesn’t begin until 9:30.
Cost: Free

Park Hill 4th of July Parade
Park Hill 4th of July Parade
Park Hill 4th of July Parade

Park Hill Fourth of July parade

July 4
Park Hill
Another classic 4th of July event, the Park Hill parade is fun for the whole family and leaves room for your pick of fireworks later in the day. Spend the afternoon watching floats, marching bands, and entertainers in this historic Denver neighbourhood.
Cost: Free

Aurora Fourth of July Spectacular

July 4
Aurora Municipal Center
This Fourth of July celebration is perfect for fans of local music, as it will feature several live performances throughout the evening, leading up to a grand fireworks show starting at 9:30 pm. The Municipal Center’s Great Lawn is going to be your best bet for a good view.
Cost: Free

Larimer Square
Larimer Square
Larimer Square

Independence Day on Larimer Square

July 2 – July 3
Larimer Square
Of course one of Denver’s most popular summer hangout spots is having the Fourth of July party of the year. Come for the live music and scavenger hunt, stay for the various artsy offerings, from live chalk art exhibits to face painting to caricature drawings and much more.
Cost: Free

Fort Collins Fourth of July Celebration

July 2
Fort Collins
Join in on the Fort Collins’ fun on Saturday, July 2nd from sunrise to sunset, starting with an early bird’s golf tournament and 5k and ending with a fireworks display. In-between, enjoy a parade, trolley rides, live music, and a food truck rally to satisfy each one of your senses while you celebrate America’s birthday.
Cost: Free, though the City Park Pool’s special hours requires a $3 admission fee

Independence Eve at Civic Center Park

July 3
Civic Center
Civic Center Park will feature a variety of local musical performances-including that of the Colorado Symphony-this Fourth of July, as well as more than a dozen food trucks and a fireworks show starting around 9:30 pm. Bring your appetite for food, fun, and fantastic tunes and celebrate America right.
Cost: Free

Four Mile Historic Park
Four Mile Historic Park
Four Mile Historic Park

Independence Celebration at Four Mile Historic Park

July 2
Washington Virginia Vale
An abundance of activities await this year at Four Mile Historic Park, like live performances, local artisans, historical re-enactments, prairie games, and all the traditional and timeless fun of the Park. Take your pick of 12 acres to sit down for a picnic or smile for a Fourth of July photo at the photo booth and soak up all the different ways to cheers to Independence Day.
Cost: $8 – $10 or free for Four Mile Historic Park Members

Red, White + Views at The Red Barber

July 3
RiNo
Looking for the best fireworks spot and special in the city this Fourth? The Red Barber is offering its rooftop up for front row seats to all the Denver fireworks shows you can see to the horizon. While watching, snack on complimentary bar bites and sip cocktails, wine, and beer while provided music soundtracks your night.
Cost: $100

Elitch Gardens fireworks

July 3
Auraria
If spending the day getting your thrills from riveting rollercoasters and a refreshing water park and finishing with a spectacular fireworks show is your idea of the perfect Fourth of July celebration, you’re in luck. As you wind down from an exciting day and watch the sun set behind the Rockies, prepare to be impressed at one of the most fun places in Denver.
Cost: Free with the purchase of a daily ticket or season pass

Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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