Guide To Denver’s Independence Eve


This is the seventh year for Independence Eve presented by Anadarko, a fabulous free concert, light show and fireworks finale in Civic Center Park on July 3.

The program begins at 8 p.m. as CBS4’s Jim Benemann hosts the evening. The concert will feature popular and patriotic songs from Colorado favorites Chris Daniels and the Kings along with the 101st Army Band from Buckley Air Force Base.

The evening ends with the fireworks finale as the City and County Building provides the backdrop for not only the fireworks but a stunning light show as well.

(credit: CBS) (credit: CBS)

The nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy produces the event, working hard year-long to bring the annual tradition to life. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has supported the concert and fireworks show since its inception. CBS4 Denver is pleased to return as a partner this year joining other community partners such the City & County of Denver, VISIT DENVER, Xcel Energy, Comcast, and The Denver Post Community.

Where To Park

There are several available parking garages and surface lots near Civic Center Park. The closest garage is at 12th and Broadway, near the Denver Art Museum, and you can expect to pay about $5. Also nearby are several surface lots owned by Central Parking system and Time Park. Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood – just be sure to follow all no parking signs and meter time limits.

How To Get There

If you don’t want to find a place to park, consider taking the RTD Light Rail, a cab, Uber or Lyft. The closest Light Rail stop is on the 16th Street Mall at 16th and California. You can get off there and walk the rest of the way or take the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle. One change this year, the Civic Center Station closes for renovations on July 3rd. That means the best stop to hop off is at Broadway and Colfax.

If you’re a cyclist, considering riding to the park or using one of the city’s B-cycles. There will be additional bike racks set up on the north and south sides of the park, both in the plaza between the Denver Art Museum and Denver Central Library, as well as the plaza outside the Webb Municipal Office Building.

What Streets Will Be closed?

Bannock and Cherokee between 14th Avenue Parkway and Colfax as well as 14th from Delaware to Broadway. Broadway will close at 6 p.m. between Colfax and 14th Avenue for the event allowing for more foot access to park and between Civic Center and the State Capitol. A close-in drop-off location will be accessible from eastbound Colfax in front of the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax. Wheelchair-accessible entrances to the park available at the corner of Colfax and Bannock as well as the Broadway/East side of Civic Center, where there are paved ramps into the center of the park.

(credit: Evan Semón/CBS4) (credit: Evan Semón/CBS4)

Where To Sit

Seating is first-come, first-served on the lawn of the Civic Center Park all the way up to the west steps of the Capitol. The fireworks will be visible above the roof of the City and County Building. The building will also be a backdrop for an amazing light show so you will want to sit where you can see the building as well as the fireworks overhead. Your best bet is to plan to come early and have dinner in the park.

What To Bring

Make a night of it and pack a picnic dinner. There will also be several food trucks on hand. Bring a blanket to sit on or low-sitting camp chairs. Keep in mind if you sit up too high in a chair you will be blocking the view for the people around you. As always in Colorado, bring a fleece because as you know when the sun goes down it can get a little chilly. Feel free to bring your favorite camera to capture all your memories of this patriotic night. Please leave those tall chairs and huge umbrellas at home. Glass bottles and personal fireworks are strictly prohibited.

Food Vendors

Aiko Pops, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, The Biscuit Bus, Coaches Scoop Frozen Desserts, CityPop, Crock Spot, El Toro the Tot, Em’s Ice Cream, Moe’s Original BBQ Truck, OG Burger, Still Smokin’ Fusion BBQ, Sully’s Slice Truck, Summer Snow Shaved Ice

What Is The Civic Center Conservancy?

Formed in 2004, the Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the City and County of Denver restore, enhance and activate Civic Center Park. Through programs such as the Tuesday through Thursday Civic Center EATS food truck café, the free Civic Center MOVES fitness series, the free summer Bike-In Movie Series and Independence Eve; advocacy around design, infrastructure and policy issues; fundraising for capital improvements, activities and initiatives that support and revitalize the park, the Civic Center Conservancy aims to elevate and sustain Civic Center Park as Denver’s vibrant, iconic community and cultural hub. The Conservancy has a formal cooperative agreement with the City and County of Denver designating it as the official fundraising vehicle for Civic Center Park.

Cue The Music

Expect an evening of fun and patriotic music from the stage at Civic Center Park.

Colorado favorites Chris Daniels and the Kings always get the crowd up and moving. And when this band plays, an outdoor setting like Civic Center Park is the best. Get ready for a blend of blues, funk, soul, R&B with a touch of calypso thrown in. When you pack for the Independence Eve Celebration, make sure you have your best dancing shoes with you because this park is about to turn into Denver’s largest floor.

The 101st Army Band (credit: CBS) The 101st Army Band at Independence Eve (credit: CBS)

The 101st Army Band performs a variety of music from large-scale formal concert band pieces to the kind of patriotic music and marches perfect to accompany fireworks. The band is part of the Colorado Army National Guard and acts a musical ambassador not only for the state of Colorado but also the United States Army


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