Ten ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

Put on your stars and stripes and your red, white and blue: the Fourth of July is just days away. Across the United States, fireworks, parades and barbecues will celebrate Independence Day -- and Denver has no shortage of patriotic pride. Here are ten ways to celebrate this year.

See also:
- Five unlikely patriotic places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado
- Photos: 4th of July fireworks displays in Colorado -- and the ones cancelled so far
- Ten festivals you don't want to miss this summer

Photo courtesy of Santomarco Photography.

Independence Eve Concert and Fireworks
Where: Civic Center Park
When: July 3, 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, lawn seating is first-come, first-served
The fourth annual community celebration features a Colorado Symphony concert, light show and fireworks display. You bring the blankets and low-rise concert chairs; the city will put on the show. There's an after-party in the McNichols Building for those 21 and over; admission is a suggested $10 donation.

Photo courtesy of the Outlaws Facebook page.

Break the record at the Outlaws game
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
When: July 4, 7 p.m.
Cost: $20-$45
Come help the undefeated Outlaws break the professional lacrosse attendance record for the sixth year in a row. Hoping that more than 31,000 spectators will pass through the turnstiles this game -- beating last year's record of 30,128 -- the team is offering a package deal with Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. If you use the Ticketmaster promo code JULY4, you can use your ticket to get into Sports Authority on the 4th and use the Elitch portion for admission any regular operating day this season. General admission tickets to the July 4 Outlaws game are also available via Ticketmaster or at 303-OUTLAWS. After the game, a pyrotechnics show will be paired with a music-video tribute on the stadium's new 220-foot high, high-definition screen.

Photo courtesy of Liberty Run.

Race in the Liberty Run
Where: Washington Park
When: July 4, 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $35
Lace up your kicks and burn off a few calories at the 4-mile Liberty Run before you eat your weight in hamburgers and apple pie. Runners are encouraged to rock red, white and blue (there's a costume contest), and finishers will receive a commemorative pint glass. The kids-only Firecracker Fun Run follows the adult run. Proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation Colorado.

Photo courtesty of Highland Parade Facebook page.

Sixth annual Highland 4th of July Parade
Where: LoHi neighborhood
When: July 4, 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
A family-friendly, old-fashioned parade starting at 32nd Avenue and Clay Street and ending at Hirshorn Park, the Highland parade will feature food, music, games, an appearance by the Denver Fire Department and an ice cream sundae eighty feet long! There will also be appearances by Trout Steak Revival, National Anthem Singers, the Pettis Family, Little Man Drum Line, the Golden Monkey Fortune Company and the Rocky Mountain Roller Punks.

Photo courtesy of the Gunnison Balloon Rally webpage.

Hit up a Hot Air Balloon Rally
Where: Gunnison
When: July 2-4
Cost: Free
The 33rd annual 4th of July Hot Air Balloon Rally in Gunnison will run July 2-4. A colorful array of balloons will launch from Jorgensen Park around 5:30 a.m. each morning; audience members will be given rides on a space-available basis. The rally is part of Gunnison-Crested Butte's four-day Americana celebration that will also feature concerts, fireworks, a pancake breakfast and the Gothic to Crested Butte Run, Walk or Crawl 1/3 Marathon.

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