The July 4th holiday has always been special for my family. My favorite fireworks display was at the local university’s football stadium when I was a child. When I had children of my own, the local baseball team offered entertainment and spectacular fireworks. In 2014, there are numerous venues for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.
Independence Day in Arvada – Free – July 4
Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex is the host of the 2014 July 4th celebrations. The field opens at 4 p.m. and admission is free. Live musical entertainment, a military display vehicle, a kid’s play zone with inflatables, games, face painting, balloon artists and crafts are just a taste of the fun awaiting throughout the celebration. For the first time this year, children with special needs – Down syndrome, autism, junior diabetes, and physical or mental handicaps have an exciting array of specially designed games, toys and activities in which to participate. For more information about the special needs program, call 720-771-1295. The 25-minute fireworks display starts at dusk. For more general information, visit www.arvadafestivals.com or call 720-898-7403.
Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax – Free – July 3 at 8 p.m.
Denver once again hosts its annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park, adjacent to the City and County Building. Local artists present a patriotic musical concert, while the City exhibits an innovative light show followed by an inspiring fireworks display. Bring your blankets and picnic basket for first-come, first-serve lawn seating. Concessions are available at the park. Transportation is available through light rail, bus, bicycle or the free MALLRide.
Cherry Creek Art Festival – Free – July 4-6
This festival is located in Cherry Creek North from Second to Third Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele, and it is one of the most popular Fourth of July holiday venues. The outdoor extravaganza brings together the visual, performing and culinary arts, with an entire block dedicated to engaging children in interactive activities. You can experience cooking demonstrations, engage in conversations with international visual artists and enjoy global music, dance and theater at the Cultural Pavilion.
Red Rocks Amphitheater and State Park- July 4 and 5
Red Rocks is a natural auditory delight for anyone attending the July 4, 2014 concert featuring Blues Traveler, along with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker. On July 5, improvisation artist Umphrey McGee appears to share his unique genius.
Park Hill 4th of July Parade – Free – July 4
In Park Hill on 23rd Avenue from Dexter St. to Krameria St., this community-friendly, annual parade is bigger than ever with more marching bands, floats and acrobats.
Colorado Rockies Baseball – Fireworks July 3 and 4
Join the Blake Street Bombers at Coors Field for an evening of major league baseball as they play the Los Angeles Dodgers followed by an intensive fireworks display both nights.
In addition to all these wonderful activities, several other locales are ending their nights with fireworks: the Colorado Rapids soccer team, the Denver Outlaws lacrosse team and the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park.
For more information on Metro Denver’s Fourth of July celebrations, visit http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/denver-4th-july/