Fourth of July events kick off across Colorado this weekend
Civic Center Conservancy's Independence Eve Celebration at Civic Center Park (July 3, 8 p.m., free)
The show must go on! Despite the fires, the Civic Center Conservancy is hosting its third annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. Blending pop songs with more traditional, patriotic standards, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will set the mood for a fireworks display. The event is free -- although organizers will be raising funds for statewide fire relief. For the best blanket and lawn chair spots, early arrival is recommended. For more information, visit the Conservancy's website.
Glendale's July 3rd Extravaganza at Whole Foods on Colorado Blvd. (July 3, 5 p.m., $7 and up)
The City of Glendale has cancelled its fireworks show, but Whole Foods still plans to host a barbecue, serving up grilled items of the meat and non-meat variety for all, along with crafts for kids and craft beers for adults. For more information, visit the Whole Foods website.
4th of July at West End Tavern (July 4, all day, beginning at 11 a.m.)
Serving patriotic red, white and blue slushies, Pop Rocks Cocktails and an array of brews (part of the BBQ and beer joint's month-long Jul-IPA celebration) West End Tavern's Fourth of July event will be quite a party -- even though Boulder has cancelled its fireworks show. For more information, check out West End Tavern's website.
World's Highest Airshows @ Breckenridge Ski Resort (July 4, 11:30 a.m., free)
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., pilot Gary Rower will do tricks in the air -- and then at 11:30 a.m., he'll attempt to set a record for the highest flight attempted from Colorado's infamous altitudes. The show is free; you can view it from the Lake Dillon Marina (300 Marina Dr.) or from Breckenridge's Riverwalk Center Lawn. For more details, check out Rower's website, and for information on other Fourth of July activities in Dillon, visit the town's website.