This is the fifth year for the Independence Eve presented by Anadarko, a fabulous free concert and fireworks show in Civic Center Park on July 3.
The program begins at 8 p.m. as CBS4’s Jim Benemann hosts the evening. New this year, performances from three groups, MIX (the University of Colorado-Denver’s award-winning acapella group), the Hazel Miller Band and the Denver Municipal Band. The City and County Building serves as the canvas for red, white and blue lights synchronized to the patriotic music leading up to a spectacular fireworks show.
The Civic Center Conservancy along with the City and County of Denver produce the event and works hard year-long to create a thriving partnership to bring the evening to life. Anadarko has supported the concert and fireworks show since it’s inception. CBS4 Denver is pleased to return as a partner this year joining other community partners the City & County of Denver and Denver Arts & Venues, IMAGINE 2020, VISIT DENVER, Comcast, University of Colorado Denver, Xcel Energy, Southwest Airlines and the Denver Post.
New this year is the balcony party. The Conservancy is hosting the party at the Denver Post Building. A $75 ticket gets you an incredible view of the fireworks along with food and drinks.
Where to park: While there is no designated parking for this event there are several available parking garages and surface lots nearby. The closest garage is near the Denver Art Museum at the Civic Center Culture Center you can expect to pay about $5. Also nearby are several surface lots owned by Central Parking system and Time Park. Click here to see the full list and prices.
Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood – just be sure to follow all no parking signs.
How to get there: If you don’t want to find a place to park consider taking the RTD Light Rail or a cab. The closest Light Rail stop is on the 16th street mall at 16th and California. You can get off there and take the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle and walk the rest of the way. It is not very far. rtd-denver.com
You could also ride your bicycle or park your car and use one of the city’s B-cycles to get closer to the park. denver.bcycle.com
What streets will be closed: Bannock and Cherokee between 14th Avenue Parkway and Colfax as well as 14th from Cherokee to Broadway. Broadway will close at 6 p.m. from 19th Ave. to 13th Ave. 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 available at the corner of 14th Avenue Parkway and Cherokee.
Where to sit: Seating is first come first serve on the lawn of the Civic Center Park all the way up to the lawn of the Capitol. The fireworks will be discharged from the roof of the City and County Building and will be seen for some distance. The building will also be a back drop for an amazing light show so you will want to sit where you can see the building as well as the fireworks. Your best bet is to pack a dinner and come early to get the best seat.
What to bring: Make a night of it and pack a picnic dinner. Bring your sandwiches or fine cheese and crackers. There will be several food vendors on hand if you don’t feel like taking the time to make a meal.
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.
You can certainly bring a camera but unless you are a real pro it can be kind of tough to capture the fireworks on your little pocket cam.
Please leave at home tall chairs, huge umbrellas, glass bottles, and your own fireworks.
Food Vendors: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs carts, The Biscuit Bus, CrockSpot, Fat Sully’s Slice Truck, Moe’s Original BBQ Truck, OG Burgers, Still Smokin Fusion BBQ, Aiko Pops carts, Coaches Scoop Frozen Desserts, The Denver Cupcake 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 and Thursday Civic Center EATS Outdoor Café, 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.
For more information, please visit http://www.civiccenterconservancy.org and follow “Denver’s Civic Center Park” on Facebook.
Cue The Music: This year brings a change to the stage at Civic Center Park with three groups performing. Here’s a bit about each of them:
MIX is CU Denver’s elite, competitive a cappella ensemble. The group has enjoyed both national and international successes, including taking 1st place at the 2013 BOSS, SOJAM and Mile High Vocal Jam competitions. They were invited to open for the Grammy award winning Swingle Singers in London in January 2014. MIX will be performing their own original remixes/arrangements of popular tunes, including Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Sugarland’s “All We Are” and more.
Hazel Miller Band has performed locally, regionally and nationally for more than 20 years based in Denver, Colorado. We play original music as well as jazz, soul, blues and dance favorites for audiences that love our high energy show. We are very proud to be a part of the July 3rd celebration in Civic Center Park. We’ve chosen familiar and fun songs for our performance. Songs that we hope will inspire and bring a happy message to this audience.
Founded in 1861, the Denver Municipal Band is today the nation’s oldest professional band in the nation. The Band dedicated Civic Center in 1913 and is pleased to play as part of the 2014 patriotic celebration with fireworks. We will begin with “Semper Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa, written for and dedicated to the United States Marine Corps.
Appropriately, we then recognize the contribution by the men and women of all the armed forces with Armed Forces Salute, a medley of marches of all the branches of the U.S armed services Shifting styles, we will play the swing classic “In the Mood” made famous by the Glen Miller Band during WW II, We begin the fireworks portion of the program with the conclusion of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and this will be followed by Bagley’s National Emblem March. To conclude, we will perform Sousa’s immortal Stars and Stripes which is often credited as the most recognized music in the world and the march most emblematic of American patriotism.