Independence Eve) Independence Eve in 2014 (credit: Ronald Blekicki)
The Fourth of July without fireworks is like Christmas without a tree. It’s just not the same and it doesn’t feel like the holiday is complete. In most areas around Colorado, it’s illegal to set off your own fireworks, but you can still head over to one of the many professional (and safe) displays happening in venues all over town. In fact, these displays are also spread out over the whole weekend, so you can plan your calendar to check out more than one show and really get lots of fun out of the whole experience. From Aurora to Denver to Glendale and Morrison, here are the some Fourth of July fireworks shows you’ll want to put on your calendar.
Independence Eve
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 861-4633
More InformationDate: July 3, 2015
Price: FreeFor the sixth year in a row, the free community celebration for Independence Day will be celebrated at Civic Center Park. Funkiphino and the 101st Army Concert Band will treat you to patriotic and contemporary music, followed by a brilliant fireworks display. Everything is lawn seating, so bring along a blanket or low-rise chair, and everyone is welcome to bring a picnic dinner (no glass bottles) or purchase food from the food trucks on site. Parking may be difficult, so park downtown and take the free 16th Street MallRide down to Civic Center Park to avoid all the trouble, then just relax and prepare for a night packed with live music, family and fireworks. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday with the whole family.
Blues Traveler
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(720) 865-2494
www.redrocksonline.comDate: July 4, 2015
Price: $27.50 to $44.95Looking for a very special way to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday? Head up to the most amazing natural concert venue in the world for live music followed by views of nearly every fireworks show in town. Blues Traveler will be playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and as the sun sets you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of all the different fireworks shows. It’s the best way to experience the Fourth of July in Colorado, and the most truly Mile High celebration. If you’ve ever seen the sky at night from Red Rocks, you already know how beautiful the view truly is, but you may not realize just how majestic the whole experience can be when fireworks go off in every direction. Bring the family, dress in layers and prepare for this truly unforgettable Fourth of July event.Related: Top Stores In Denver For Fourth Of July Paraphernalia
Elitch Gardens Theme And Water Park
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4386
www.elitchgardens.comDate: July 4, 2015
Price: Tickets start at $34.99Treat the whole family to a day packed with fun at Elitch Gardens. Enjoy the day riding the roller coasters and other amusement park rides, or head over to the water park side for lots of wet and wild fun. Check out one or two of the live shows, enjoy all the delicious theme-park food and get all that new summer energy out of all the kids. Then, once the sun sets, your fun moves from the ground to the sky as a brilliant fireworks display lights up over Downtown Denver. Your holiday at Elitch Gardens is possibly the only way to enjoy an entire day filled with activity before the fireworks happen, and it’s a fantastic way to make lots of memories with the whole family. The best part is that there isn’t a bad view anywhere in the park, so no matter where you are when the fireworks start, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderful and memorable experience.
Glendale Fireworks
Cherry St. and Cherry Creek S. Drive
Glendale, CO 80246
(303) 639-4708 July 2, 2015
Price: FreeThe city of Glendale is uniquely situated right in the middle of Denver but that doesn’t stop this bustling city from offering one of the best fireworks displays every year. Grab a picnic and a blanket and head over to Infinity Park, or just find a comfortable spot anywhere near the Glendale area where you’ll have a great view of the sky. As the sun goes down behind the Rocky Mountains, you’ll be treated to a fantastic fireworks display that is sure to please the whole family. The Glendale fireworks are always held a night or two before the Fourth of July, so you can even check this display out then head to one of the other fireworks displays over the next two days, giving you a chance to really get the most out of the Fourth of July holiday.Related: Top Fourth Of July Parties In Denver
Fourth Of July Spectacular
Aurora Municipal Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
More InfoDate: July 4, 2015
Price: FreeThe City of Aurora always puts up a wonderful display to celebrate the holiday every year and this year will be no exception. The afternoon kicks off at 4 p.m. with live music and lots of food vendors, so plan on an afternoon filled with dancing and fun for the whole family. At dusk, the fireworks light up the night sky, creating lots of brilliant displays to amaze and delight. The live music this year is also very special, as it features the talent of Emily West, who you may know as one of the finalists from last year’s “America’s Got Talent.” Her beautiful voice is the perfect complement to the twinkling lights and palpable energy that only the Fourth of July can bring.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at