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Last Minute Fourth of July Ideas

July 2, 2024

If you are like us, you stayed home for the Fourth and have no idea what to do to celebrate. Here are some last minute ideas for you to have some fun in and around our beautiful city. Sometimes a staycation is better than travelling. Have a fun, safe, and happy Fourth of July! 

Fireworks Spectaculars

Denver's Civic Center Park: Denver’s signature Independence Eve celebration takes place at Civic Center Park on July 3rd. Starting at 5 p.m., the event features live music from local bands and the Colorado Symphony, culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display synchronized to patriotic tunes. It’s a family-friendly event with food trucks and vendors on site, so grab a blanket and enjoy the evening under the stars. 

Coors Field: Head to Coors Field on July 1st and 2nd for an explosive display after the Rockies' games against the Detroit Tigers. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the post-game fireworks are worth the ticket. The show is set to music and offers an up-close view of the pyrotechnics right from the stands.

Parades and Festivities

Park Hill 4th of July Parade: One of Denver’s most beloved traditions, the Park Hill Parade, kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on July 4th. The parade features floats, marching bands, and classic cars, winding through the historic Park Hill neighborhood. It’s a fantastic way to start your Independence Day festivities, with plenty of spots along the route for families to watch and cheer.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration: Head to Highlands Ranch for a full day of fun, starting with a 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by a community parade at 9 a.m. The celebration continues with a family-friendly festival at Town Center South, featuring live music, food trucks, and kids’ activities, culminating in a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Erie Fireworks & Festivities: Erie’s 4th of July celebration is perfect for families looking for a more laid-back atmosphere. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Erie Community Park with live entertainment, food vendors, and a beer garden. The fireworks display lights up the sky at 9:30 p.m., providing a spectacular end to the day.

Concerts and Entertainment

Englewood’s FunFest: Englewood’s annual Fourth of July FunFest kicks off at 3 p.m. at Belleview Park, featuring live music, food trucks, and family activities. The highlight of the event is the evening concert, where local bands perform patriotic favorites leading up to the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Evergreen Music Festival: For those who enjoy a more eclectic musical experience, the Evergreen Music Festival offers a day of performances from local and national acts at the Buchanan Park Ball Fields. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and features a variety of food and craft vendors, plus a special area for kids. It’s a great way to spend the day enjoying live music and the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Tips for Enjoying the Festivities

  • Arrive Early: Events like fireworks and parades draw large crowds. Plan to arrive early to secure a good spot.
  • Bring Essentials: Don’t forget sunscreen, water, and snacks to keep everyone comfortable throughout the day.
  • Check Local Guidelines: Some events may have specific rules or restrictions, so check ahead for details like parking availability or items you can bring.

Celebrate this Fourth of July in Denver with a fantastic lineup of events that offer fun for all ages. Whether you’re into fireworks, music, or parades, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Wishing you a safe and joyous Independence Day!

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