Everyone looks forward to a 3-day weekend, especially when that mean a weekend full of fun and interesting events. Metro Denver has no shortage of exciting things to do and the good news is, most are free or fairly inexpensive. If you enjoy doing a variety of things you will be very busy this weekend! The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a destination for many who come from around the country to enjoy a world-class art show. Fireworks are in abundance beginning on Friday and going through the holiday weekend until Monday! If you like car racing with your fireworks you can have it. The same holds true for sport fans, soccer, lacrosse and baseball all will be celebrating our country’s freedom after their games.
Here’s a list of your choices this weekend. Hope you make a wonderful plan and remember how great it is to live in America and be free.
July 4 Bicycles, tricycles and wagons are welcome at the fifth annual Cheesman park Fourth of July Kids’ Parade. Bike decorating materials will be provided at 9 a.m., 10:00 PARADE begins. Additional activities including face painting and balloon artists continue until 11 a.m. Enjoy the Parade featuring a bagpiper, Denver Police Mounted Patrol, a fire truck, the Mile High Freedom Marching Band and Uncle Sam. Free. East Eighth Avenue and Franklin Street.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival July 2-4 in Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues,m on the six streets between Clayton and Steele Streets. Come enjoy artists, spirits and live music the night before the event, Friday, July 1, 2011 7-10 p.m. The festival is a world-class and award winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on “Artivity Avenue” complement the festival experience. Visit Cherry Creek Arts Festival online.
Coors Field Celebration
Fireworks at Coors Field after the Colorado Rockies’ evening games against the Kansas City Royals. The games and fireworks are on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2. Tickets are required. For more information call 800-388-7625 or visit Colorado Rockies
Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater
July 4 Bring a picnic dinner, friends, family and neighbors for a concert featuring contemporary rock and pop, R&B, funk and Motown with Soul School at 8 p.m. Fireworks follow at about 9:30 p.m. Free. The concert is the first in the Summer Concert Series continuing July 13 with the Manuel Molina Band and his Latin Dancers, 7-8:30 p.m. 4890 Argonne Way, 303-595-8747
July 4 The second annual Fourth of July parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with floats, cars, bikes, Civil War re-enactors and a Union Army color guard. The parade heads down East 23rd Avenue between Dexter Street and Kearney Street in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. Parkhill Parade
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
July 3 Second annual free Independence Eve community concert and fireworks display, 8 p.am. Works by Key, Copland, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and others are included. c ivic Center, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, visit the Colorado Symphony.
July 4 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park featuring live music and entertainment, plus fireworks to light up the Denver skyline. Learn more at Elitch Gardens.
July 3 following Outlaws Lacrosse game. Outstanding show inside the bowl at INVESTCO Field provide an experience of pyrotechnics paired with music video tribute on the stadium’s 97 foot wide Thundervision screen. Learn more at Denver Outlaws
July 4th: Celebration of the Spirit of America ~ Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a military display, classic car show, liv music, children’s activities, booths and games, refreshments and more followed by a fireworks display at 9 pm.m. Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex, 10664 W. 58th Ave., 720-898-7400 View Arvada Festivals
July 4: “Light Up the Night” festivities begin at 5 p.m. with live music by the Spin Band, Activities of kids include face painting and balloon artists, food vendors and much more! 9:30 fireworks. View from Potomac Street, south of Sixth Avenue, north of Mississippi Avenue and west of Buckley Road. Aurora municipal Center, 15151 Alameda Parkway
July 4 fireworks spectacular at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado with Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Fireworks, choreographed to live music, begin at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. and program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the fireworks display is free. For more information visit Boulder 4th of July
July 4 fireworks at Friendship Park on 8th and Southern St. “Brighten the Brighton sky at 9 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. come enjoy the music, concessions and other activities in the park. Learn more at Brighton Colorado Online
July 4 Great American Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Broomfield Count Commons, located at 132nd and Sheridan on July 4. Celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. with children’s entertainment and carnival games. At 7 p.. enjoy a free concert. Bring a picnic dinner of enjoy a hot dog grilled to perfection at the park. After the concert, at dusk, the fireworks display begins, approximately 9:15 p.m. at the Broomfield Commons. For additional information, call 303-464-5530 or visit Broomfield Events
4th Fest & Colorado Rapids
July 3 Doors open at 4 p.m. for the fifth annual 4th Fest, free entertainment including a climbing wall, human foosball, trampoline, jump castle and more. The Andy Hackbarth Duo performs at 6 p.m., and Funkiphino is onstage at 7:30 p.m. The Colorado Rapids play the Houston Dynamo at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17. fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Dick’ sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, 303-825-4625, Ticket Horse
Castle Rock’s Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival/Rockin’ the Fourth: Red, White & Boom!
July 1-4 The Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, includes a carnival, live music from more than 30 bands and a state barbecue championship,. Admission is $5/day or $10 for a weekend pass. Free for kids under 5, adults 60 and over and members of the military with ID. Wristbands for unlimited carnival rides are $25, $20 at Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival. A fireworks show wraps up the festival at approximately 9:45 p.m. July 3. The annual Rockin’ the Fourth: Red, White & Boom! celebration is a Metzler Ranch Community Par on July 4 beginning at 9-9:30 Admission is free. Castle Rock
Castle Rock Meadows
The Meadows neighborhood will host its 4th of July party at Metzler Ranch Park, 4175 Trail Boss Road, on July 4. It’s a holiday helping of family fun with kids events, live entertainment and a fireworks show. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. the best view will be from within the park. The display will last about 30-minutes. Visit the Town of Castle Rock for more information.
Pikes Peak Arts Fest
July 2-4 The seventh annual family celebration includes booths from more than 90 artists along with live music, food, a beer-and-wine garden, children’s activities and more, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. FREE. America the Beautiful park, Colorado Avenue and Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Art Fest
U.S. Air Force Academy
July 4 Gates open at 4 p.m. for the Austin Healey Car Show and children’s activities including bounce houses. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs at 7 p.m. follwed by the Air Force Academy Band at 8. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Refreshments available 4-9:30 p.m. The Academy’s radio station, KAFA will broadcast the music on 97.7 FM and on the KAFA website. Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs U.S.A.F. Services
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site’s “Family Fourth”
July 4 An old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with music, carnival games, historic speeches and more, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $8, $5 seniors, $4 ages 6 to 17, Free 5 and under, Rock Ledge Ranch is located at the entrance to the Garden of the Gods off 30th Street, Colorado Springs, 719-758-6777 Rockledge Ranch
July 3 fireworks display will be launched from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th and can be seen from Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks. There will also be games, entertainment, food and fishing on hand starting at 11 a.m. To see the full schedule, call 303-762-2680 or visit City of Englewood. (no glass containers, pets, alcohol or fireworks permitted!)
Fireworks will be shot off at Denver Colorado National Golf Club on Sunday, July 3, it is free! Vendors will be present to serve. The fireworks are shot fro the golf course and the driving range becomes the sitting area. For more informtion about th Independence Day Spectacular call 303-665-2732 or visit Colorado National Golf Club (formerly known as Vista Ridge)
July 4 fireworks launched from Saddleback Golf Course at 9:45 p.m. the event will feature a parade with over 60 entries, vendor and craft exhibitors, a carnival with Crabtree Amusements fro July 2-4, Free live music, prizes and one of the best fireworks displays in the area by Tri-State Fireworks. Form more information call 303-833-3291 or visit Firestone
July 4 The annual Family Pet and Bike Parade begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by the Community Parade and 5k Run/Walk. Festivities continue until 7 p.m. at the Town Center with music, games, food, beer and a pet-adoption fair. A concert with the Cruisin’ Cats is a 7 p.m. in Civic Green park. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at the corner of Highlands Ranch Parkway and Blake Drive 303-791- 2500 Highlands Ranch
July 2 at 9 p. fireworks begin. In case of a rainout the fireworks will be done on July 3. The show is shot off at Creekside Park, at E. Virginia Ave. and S. Clermont St. Best viewing is at Cherry and Exposition. Call 303-759-1513 or go visit Glendale City for more information.
Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. o n July 4 at Lions Park located 10th and Maple Streets. The Golden Lions Club will sponsor the day’s activities at Lions Park. Park in the outlying parking lots to avoid the congestion on 10th after the fireworks. Entertainment will be provided all day from various bands. Drawings for door prizes, children’s rides and food will also carry on throughout the day. For more information go to Golden Lions Club or call the golden Chamber of Commerce at 303-2779-3113
July 4 Children’s activities, food concessions, games, live music and entertainment is followed by fireworks, 4-10 p.m. Bands include the Modniks, the British Invasion and California sounds. The boathouse will be open for paddle boat and canoe rentals, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. A free shuttle service runs 4-10 p.m. from Centaurus High School (10200 S. Boulder Road) and Flatirons Church (350 S. Boulder Road). Waneka Lake, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303-666-9555 Lafayette Colorado
Performance Now Theatre Company
Through July 3 Presents the musical “1776.” Showtimes are 2 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $25, $22.50 students and seniors, $19 children. Group rates available. Special military ticket is $17.76. Parking is free. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845, Performance Now
Family Festival and Fireworks Show
July 4 The 16th annual Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks Show is at Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks near the intersection of Belleview Avenue and Windermere Street. Cornerstone activities include open batting cages, bungee trampoline, games, face painting, miniature golf and live music with the Windjammers, times vary. A fishing derby is 9-11 a.m. at Progress Park, registration is at 8 a.m. Belleview Park hosts a miniature train and children’s farm, duck races, watermelon eating contest and a bounce house, times vary. Fireworks begin about 9:30 p.m. from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park Littleton
July 1 A spectacular fireworks show will be launched at Clement Park on the corner of Bowles and Pierce. Fireworks set to go off at 9:30 p.m. Party begins at 5 p.m. with food and wine concessions, kids bounce houses. Music acts begin at 6 p.m. Pets not allowed. Parking at Columbine High School but NOT at Jefferson County’s Columbine Library. Visit ifoothills for more information
July 4 residents of Lone Tree and Acres Green are invited to attend Lone Tree’s 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Sweetwater Park. Activities include a children’s bike parade down Lone Tree Parkway, Sweetwater Road and into the Park from Sweetwater Trail. 3:00 Children’s Bike Decorating, 4:00 p.m. Children’s Bike Parade 9:15 Fireworks show. Wristbands are required for admittance. Visit City of Lone Tree for more information.
July 4 at Coal Creek Golf course, 545 West Dillon Road. There’s o parking at the golf course but a free shuttle from Louisville Recreation Center and Home Depot. Call 303-335-4536 or go to the City Website for more information.
July 4 Indian Hills Fire/Rescue have scheduled a day of activities beginning with a pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., auto extrication and air life helicopter demonstrations, a parade at 11 a.m., food and live music in the afternoon. Fireworks begin about 9:20 p.m. Everything is free except for pancake breakfast. Donations appreciated for other activities. All events are at or nearby the Indian Hills ire Station, 4476 Parmalee Gulch Road, Indian Hills
July 2 gates open at 8 a.m. Discount tickets are available at Big O Tires locations and advance tickets can be purchased at White Fence Farm, Mardel, and the Bandimere Speedway’s Box Office. Tickets required to see the fireworks and the races. Click here or call 800-664-8946 or 303-697-6001. Adults are $20 ($17 advance) and children 6-12 are $13 ($11 advance). Rides, live music and contests begin at 2 p.m.
Blues Traveler, Matisyahu and Toad the Wet Sprocket concert on July 4 begins at 6 p.m. Red Rocks provides a good view of the fireworks show downtown. For more information go to Red Rocks Online.
Let Freedom Sing, 2011
July 4 a combination Fourth of July celebration and 30th birthday bash for te town of Parker, 6-10 p.. Activities include bounce houses, slides, sporting cages, a climbing wall, obstacle course and more. Rocky Mountain Brassworks perform at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Free, onsite parking is $5. Families are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase food and refreshments from vendors. Salisbury Park, 9200 Motsenbocker Road, Parker. 303-841-0353 Parker Online
July 4 The Superior Downhill Mile Bike Race, 7 a.m. $20, $10 ages 17 and under. Register online at active.com before 11 a.m. July 3. The Superior Fourth of July Parade, “America’s Heroes,” follows at 8:30 a.m. Festivities continue with a pancake breakfast, games, children’s activities and more until noon in Community Park. Rock Creek Parkway, Town of Superior
July 4 fireworks display at Thornton Multipurpose Fields at East 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard at 9:35 p.m. Events prior to fireworks include walk-around entertainers, food and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. a parachute jump prior to fireworks. Call 303-255-7800 or City of Thornton for more information.
July 4 Fireworks begin at dusk at Westminster City Park soccer field, at 105th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Celebrate the 4th of July in Westminster. Food vendors open at 6 p.m. A free concert by The Nacho Men starts at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Parking is Very limited. Use the FREE shuttle bus from many locations in the Westminster/Hyland hills area. Grills, fireworks and glass containers are NOT allowed at the event. For more information, check out the city’s website or call 303-658-2223