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The Mile High City’s 4th of July Weekend schedule is, as always, packed with fun, family-friendly events. What sets this year apart is the abundance of free activities, including a patriotic Colorado Symphony Orchestra concert accompanied by fireworks, the Shriners Parade, and the massive Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Visitors can stretch their dollars even further by taking advantage of great hotel deals starting as low as $99.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 2-4, Cherry Creek North, Denver
This free, outdoor extravaganza – the city’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts – gives more than 350,0000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family friendly fun and sample fine cuisine. 
  • New this year: The renovated Fillmore Plaza will debut at the 2011 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, featuring completely remodeled streetscapes, the new Janus Main Stage, exciting culinary and beverage options, new activities and more.

CBS4 Independence Day Eve Celebration
July 3, Civic Center Park (Broadway and Colfax), Denver
The second-annual Independence Eve Celebration will feature a free patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be present on-site.

Shriners Imperial Council Session Parade
July 4, Downtown Denver
Miniature vehicles, brass bands, drum and bugle corps – and, of course, plenty of those signature red hats! The Shriners, the famed fraternal fellowship, are hosting their Imperial Session in Denver from July 3-7. On Independence Day, see the Shriners parade through the streets of downtown. The event kicks off in Civic Center Park at 1:30 p.m.

Get more wear out of your stars and stripes at these festive, and free, 4th of July holiday weekend events, including:

First Friday Art Walks
July 1, Denver’s art districts
Kick off the long weekend by celebrating Denver’s thriving creative community in the city’s artistic neighborhoods including the Art District on Santa Fe, Golden Triangle Museum District, River North Art District (RiNo), and Tennyson Street Cultural District. Dozens of galleries will stay open late, creating a festive, fun atmosphere for art-lovers of every stripe.

Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield
July 1, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, Denver
Stroll the lush grounds of this picturesque nature preserve, with grasslands, ponds and the cottonwood banks of Deer Creek. Don’t miss the new Deer Creek Discovery children’s area, which includes a whimsical tree house and a water feature. Note: This free day is for Colorado residents.

Denver Art Museum Free Day
July 2, Denver Art Museum, Denver
Explore every inch of this museum for free, including two acclaimed exhibits: Cities of Splendor, a virtual tour through Renaissance Italy and Marvelous Mud, a museum-spanning, interactive look at thousands of years clay and creativity.

Skyline Park Movie:
How To Train Your Dragon
July 2, Skyline Park, Denver
Bring the family downtown on Saturday night for a free movie under the stars. How To Train Your Dragon, a computer animated fantasy fun for all ages, isn’t the only thing that’s free: enjoy pre-film entertainment, plus complimentary popcorn and cotton candy! The movie begins at dusk.

City Park Jazz: The Denver Municipal Band
July 3, City Park, Denver
Celebrate Independence Day Eve at the City Park Bandstand with the Denver Municipal Band, the oldest professional concert band in the continental United States. Alex Sutherland, bugler at the “Charge of The Light Brigade,” founded the Denver Municipal Band in the late 1860s. City Park Jazz is a free concert series that takes place every Sunday in June and July. Concerts start at 6 p.m.

Olde Town Arvada Spirit of America 4th of July Festival
July 4, Olde Town Arvada
This celebration takes over 2,500 hours, four organizations and six months to plan and produce, attracts over 30,000 enthusiastic people, and lights up the night sky with blasts of brilliant fireworks.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade
July 4, Park Hill, Denver
This popular, community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day in this historic northeast Denver neighborhood. Stretching from Dexter Street all the way to Kearney Street, last year's parade included hundreds of marchers, bikers, floats and classic cars. This year's parade looks to be even bigger, with plans for marching bands, street performers and more floats!




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