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2018-07-10 15:55:28
Your Guide to Celebrating the 4th of July

Fourth of July celebrationThe 4th of July is only a few days away, so get ready to celebrate! With the hot and dry weather lately, however, many counties have burn bans and personal fireworks are prohibited, so if you want to celebrate the holiday safely, check out these events going on in cities around the area!

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast returns this year. Since beginning in 1941, the free celebration has been a favorite of locals. Entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:40 p.m. The event takes place on July 4 at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field (2400 Colorado Ave.) The stadium fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat. At 7:30 p.m. free shuttles begin running from downtown and the Twenty Ninth Street mall to the stadium. Gates open at 8 p.m.

The Great American Picnic has activities and entertainment for all ages. The event starts at 5 p.m. on July 4 with pony rides ($3), inflatables ($8 for unlimited play), and concessions. A bike parade begins at 5:45 p.m. with live music beginning at 6 p.m. with 17th Avenue Allstars and continues at 7:15 p.m. with That Eighties Band, a popular 80s tribute band. Fireworks are scheduled to happen around 9:30 p.m. Limited parking is available at the Broomfield County Commons Park (280 Spader Way) where the event takes place. More parking is available at Legacy High School with free shuttle service to and from the park from 5-11 p.m.

Denver offers a variety of events around the holiday. The annual Independence Eve celebration takes place on July 3rd at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Park (Broadway and Colfax). The concert and following fireworks are first-come, first-served, and be sure to bring your own blankets and/or chairs. The following day at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park a fireworks show begins at dusk, free with park admission. On both the 3rd and the 4th at the Hudson Gardens & Event Center, a concert will be followed by a fireworks display. Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, performs on July 3 and Firefall will perform on the 4th. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Attend the July 3rd Extravaganza at the Colorado National Golf Club (north side of Highway 7 in the Vista Ridge Neighborhood). The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with food vendors, a beer tent, activities for kids, and music. Arrive early to get good parking and avoid street closures. Fireworks are scheduled to being when it’s dark, around 9:30 p.m.

The Golden Lions Club continues to host their annual 4th of July community celebration in Lions Park on 10th street. Activities start at noon and include free rides for kids, face painting, live music, and food. The bands playing are the Johnny O Band at 12:15 p.m., Ryan Chrys &The Rough Cuts at 3:30, and Something Underground at 6:30. Fireworks are scheduled for when the sun sets.

Enjoy a 4th of July celebration at Waneka Lake Park (1600 Caria Dr.) beginning at 4 p.m. Festivities include food vendors, wine and beer gardens, and kids’ activities such as a bungee trampoline and bounce house for a small fee and free face painting. Live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings will also take place, followed by a fireworks show at dusk.

The main event in Longmont is the spectacular fireworks display at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (9595 Nelson Road). For the best view, they suggest you park at one of the nearby shopping centers and walk to the fenced area in front of the arena. The fireworks will be easily visible from anywhere within a one-mile radius of the fairgrounds. Earlier in the day, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra will be playing in Thompson Park (4th Ave and Bross Street) at 11 a.m.

Celebrate the holiday at Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W Dillion Road) with the Boulder Concert Band performing live patriotic music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for kids including bounce houses, free face painting and balloon twisting. The event starts at 6 p.m., with fireworks scheduled for around 9:30 p.m. There is not parking at the golf course, but free shuttle service is available from the Louisville Recreation Center and the Home Depot parking lots from 6-11 p.m.

If you want to celebrate all day long, head to North Lake Park (2626 N Taft Ave).  The day kicks off with a flag raising at 10 a.m., followed by assorted vendor booths, train rides, dance performances, and a concert by the Loveland Concert Band. It all ends with a fireworks show over Lake Loveland starting around 9:15 p.m.

To cool off before fireworks, enjoy the afternoon at the Countryside Outdoor pool with water games, hot dogs and hamburgers, and activities for the whole family. The events are from 1-3 p.m. and general pool admission applies. Afterwards, head to City Park for festivities starting at 4 p.m. including food vendors, a beer garden, and performances. A concert begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks go off at 9:15 p.m. Parking is limited, but there is free shuttle service from many locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills.

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