Top Fourth Of July Parties In Denver

June 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, which means you don’t have to worry about getting up early for work the next day. Of course, that is your official excuse to go out and truly celebrate Independence Day this year, instead of spending the holiday at home again, watching another boring televised version of fireworks. Grab the family or pick a few of your favorite friends and check out any of these fun ways to celebrate the holiday. As always, make sure to be responsible and take a cab home or make sure you’ve got a designated driver, because this holiday is also a great reason to indulge in a few drinks.

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4386

Price: Tickets start at $34.99

Ring in the summer with a trip to Denver’s favorite theme park. You’ll spend the day riding all of the great roller coasters, water slides and other rides the park has to offer. Enjoy some classic theme park food, shop for some fun souvenirs or take in a show. There is so much to enjoy at Elitch Gardens that you may want to split up and send the kids off to enjoy the park on their own, that way mom and dad can enjoy time alone as well. Then, as the sun goes down, make sure to meet back up because you’ll enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over Denver’s beautiful downtown skyline. For those with children, this is the perfect way to spend the holiday, plus you’ll get those kids running around, riding rides and tuckering themselves out so by the time you get home they are sure to fall fast asleep.

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Park Hill 4th of July Parade
23rd Ave. from Krameria St. to Dexter St.
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 918-6517

Date: July 4, 2014

Nothing says party like a parade, and the fifth annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade is always a fun way to kick off the holiday. This family-friendly community event promises lots of fun floats, marching bands, acrobats, bikers, classic cars and more. This parade starts at 1:30 p.m. so you won’t need to get up at the crack of dawn to stake out a good viewing spot either. You will still want to arrive early so the kids can have an unobstructed view. A classic 4th of July parade is the most traditional way to celebrate Independence Day, so make sure to dress the part in your best red, white and blue. Bring the camera and make some family memories this year.

Independence Eve Presented Anadarko
Civic Center Park
101 W. 14th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

Date: July 3

Start your celebrating early with this Independence Eve party in Civic Center Park. Enjoy a free concert with Mix (the University of Colorado-Denver’s premiere a capella group), the Hazel Miller Band and the Denver Municipal Band. The backdrop is the Denver City and County Building, bathed in a light show that includes fireworks for the grand finale. For this concert and light show, you’ll want to bring your blankets or low-rise style chairs and the lawn seating is first come, first served, so you’ll want to arrive early. Picnics are allowed or there will be  food trucks in designated areas of the park. For a romantic pre-Fourth of July date, you can’t pick anything better. Spend the evening curled up with your sweetheart, listening to brilliant music while celebrating the holiday together. CBS4 is again proud to be a sponsor of the evening.

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Red Rocks Amphitheater
18300 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80401
(720) 865-2494

Date: July 4, 2014
Price: Tickets start at $38.50

Red Rocks may be the best place in Colorado to celebrate the Fourth of July. Not only do you get to enjoy incredible music in the world-famous natural amphitheater, but as night falls, you can see just about all of Denver as multiple fireworks shows light up the sky around you. As has been tradition since the mid-1990s, the holiday kicks off with an incredible concert featuring Blues Traveler with this year’s special guests Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker. With music like that, why would you go anywhere else? Make sure to dress in layers as it can get cool once the sun sets, and then get ready to enjoy a truly memorable Fourth of July holiday.

First Friday Art Walks
Art District on Santa Fe
Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Date: July 4, 2014

This year, the Fourth of July happens to also be the first Friday of the month. That means you can also spend the evening perusing the many art galleries that open their doors for First Friday Art Walks. The best spot in town is the Art District on Santa Fe with lots of great galleries to enjoy. You’ll want to arrive early to find parking, and then spend some time strolling up Santa Fe, popping in the art galleries and enjoying the work of many amazing local talents. There are always lots of food trucks around and usually quite a few street performers to take in as well, so there is sure to be a variety of entertainment for you to enjoy the holiday. As night falls, you may want to pop back in your car and head a bit closer to downtown to see some fireworks or just stay put and celebrate the holiday with art.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at