Twenty family-friendly things to do and see in Colorado this Fourth of July weekend

Categories: Events, Holidays

Ken Hamblin for Westword.
With the Fourth of July holiday landing on a Friday this year, Colorado will be home to patriotic celebrations full of music, food, fun and fireworks (of course) all weekend long. We've rounded up twenty of the best family-friendly spots to celebrate, whether right here in the city, on the plains or up in the mountains.

See also: The ten best geek events in Denver in July

Steve Crecelius

Thursday, July 3

Independence Eve at Civic Center Park

This annual gathering in the heart of the city is a great way for the family to kick off the July Fourth weekend. Featuring live music from the Hazel Miller Band, the Denver Municipal Band and more, the night will be capped off with an amazing fireworks display over the City and County Building. Patrons are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs, and concessions will also be for sale on-site.

Colorado Music Festival: Patriotism & Pops Family Concert at Chautauqua Auditorium (7:30 p.m.)
$9 to $48

Settle into the grandeur of Chautauqua Auditorium for a night of patriotic tunes. Led by conductor Lawrence Golan, the Colorado Music Festival orchestra will offer up a holiday-inspired concert.

The Rockies and fireworks at Coors Field (July 3-6)
Rockpile tickets start at $4

Go all-American by catching the Rockies as the team goes up against the Los Angeles Dodgers for a four-game homestand. Then sit back and enjoy the post-game fireworks at this multi-day celebration.

Estes Park Go 4th Festival at Stanley Park
Free to $8

Music, food, fun and games come together at Estes Park's annual festival, which also includes some Wild West bull-riding, an Independence Day pancake breakfast and more. The big finale of the two-day fest will be fireworks on the Fourth.

Friday, July 4

Nathan Federico for Westword.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Cherry Creek North

This annual celebration of local and international art is always a go-go holiday event, as the Cherry Creek North shopping district becomes a giant outdoor creative market. Artists from all over the world and right here in Colorado will be showcasing their best; look for live music, culinary demonstrations and plenty of fun, family-oriented activities, too.

Independence Day Strikes Back! Featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre (7:30 p.m.)
$16.50 to $35

The Colorado Symphony takes you on a journey with this July Fourth celebration featuring the music from Star Wars, as well as plenty of patriotic tunes. Grab a reserved spot or plant a blanket on the lawn for a night of music and fireworks.

4thFest with the Colorado Rapids at Dicks Sporting Goods Park
Tickets start at $29

This day-long, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration features live karaoke, a mechanical bull, a trampoline, a climbing wall and more. Hazel Miller and her band will perform and the Rapids will go up against the Columbus Crew before fireworks fill the night sky.

Keep reading for more family-friendly Fourth events.

Location Info


Civic Center Park

Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Cherry Creek North

First to Third avenues between Clayton and Steele streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

Chautauqua Auditorium

900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO

Category: General

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, CO

Category: Music

Skyline Park

16th and Arapahoe streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

Elitch Gardens

2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO

Category: General

Washington Park

Virginia Ave. and Downing St., Denver, CO

Category: General

City Park

17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Dick's Sporting Goods Park

6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO

Category: Music

Coors Field

2001 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Stanley Park Fairgrounds

1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO

Category: General

Fun City

9670 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO

Category: General

Aurora Municipal Center

15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

Category: General

Keystone Resort

6, from I-70, Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, Dillon, CO

Category: General

History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Four Mile Historic Park

715 S. Forest St., Denver, CO

Category: General

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