Independence Eve

This marks the fourth 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 the Colorado Symphony settles onto stage with the City and County Building as the backdrop.

independence eve fireworks The building becomes the canvas for red, white and blue lights synchronized to the patriotic music performed by the Symphony.

The Civic Center Conservancy along with the City and County of Denver and the Colorado Symphony 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, VISIT DENVER, Comcast, The Denver Post Community, South Airlines, the CU Denver Boots to Suits program and Xcel Energy.

New this year is the Independence Eve After-Party in the McNichols Civic Center Building. It’s open to the pubic and is a great way to continue the celebration in the newly renonvated building. A donation of $10 is suggested and food and drink tickets will be sold on site. Click here for more info.

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.

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.

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, not to mention you will want to be able to hear the patriotic music performed by the Colorado Symphony. 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 CafĂ©, 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.

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What music will be performed: This is the fourth year the Colorado Symphony has performed this FREE community concert in the Civic Center Park. The Colorado Symphony concert will be led by Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil.

Who is conducting? Scott O’Neil is the Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony and is in his sixth season. He most recently served as associate conductor for the Utah Symphony, which he joined in August 2000. O’Neil has guest conducted the Houston Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Portland Symphony (Maine), the Lubbock Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. O’Neil studied piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory, served as the assistant conductor of the Eastman School Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras at the Eastman School of Music, and earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Rice University, where he was the director of the Campanile Orchestra, a community/university orchestra.


In 1999 he served as director of orchestras at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. In the spring of 2003, O’Neil was selected by the League of American Orchestras (LAO) to conduct an orchestra comprised of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and advanced students from the University of Southern California in Synergy, a program created to promote young, contemporary composers. Also in the spring of 2003, O’Neil was selected by LAO to appear on the Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony.

O’Neil leads the Colorado Symphony in every series this season, including educational concerts and appearances on each of the Colorado Symphony’s Masterworks, Family Series and Pops Series. In addition to his work with the Colorado Symphony, Mr. O’Neil is the founder and music director of the Rosetta Music Society, a group of chamber players that present interactive concerts at the Englewood Arts Center.