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Denver 4th of July Weekend
Denver 4th of July Weekend
Fireworks at the City & County building for Independence Eve
Fireworks at the City & County building for Independence Eve
Crowd waits for fireworks in Civic Center Park on Independence Eve
Crowd waits for fireworks in Civic Center Park on Independence Eve
Park Hill 4th of July Parade
Park Hill 4th of July Parade
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4th of July Weekend in Denver

There’s no better place to be over the 4th of July weekend than in Denver! You’ll be treated to festivals, concerts, pro sports — and, of course, all the brilliant fireworks displays you could ever wish for. 

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Can't-Miss Events

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

WHEN: July 2–4, 2016 
WHERE: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts.

This free, outdoor extravaganza — the city's signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts — gives more than 350,000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family-friendly fun and sample fine cuisine. At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, experience Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities perfect for youngsters. Visit the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the globe will be presented. Culinary Avenue features tasty treats and live cooking demonstrations from some of Denver's most popular eateries.

Independence Eve Fireworks Presented by Anadarko

WHEN: July 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, 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, so be sure to bring blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. You're also welcome to bring your own picnic, though concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center Park is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street Free MallRide, and use of public transportation is encouraged. Or, take advantage of the nearby Denver B-cycle bike-sharing program. Parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking garages as well.

Featured Things To Do

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

WHEN: July 4, 2016
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver's downtown amusement park, then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

WHEN: July 4, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park Hill, on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St.

The Park Hill 4th of July Parade is back! This community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. This year's parade promises to be bigger than ever before, with marching bands, acrobats and festive floats. 

Exhibitions 

Robot Revolution

WHEN: March 18–Aug. 7, 2016
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
This interactive exhibit brings together some of the most advanced machines in the world, from flying camera drones to robots that help doctors perform intricate surgeries. Get ready for a robot gathering that promises to change human lives for the better.

Robots 3D

WHEN: March 18–Sept. 22, 2016
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

A new IMAX movie peeks into the future as scientists and engineers find ways to make robots more human.

Dance!

Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion

WHEN: May 29–Aug. 15, 2016
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Learn about the motives behind Native American dance and how it impacts the arts. Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion is part of Dance!, a broader campus-wide celebration of creative expression through movement.

Women of Abstract Expressionism

WHEN: June 12–Sept. 25, 2016
WHERE: 
Denver Art Museum
View a collection of paintings by largely unknown women working on the East and West coasts during the 1940s and ‘50s, expressing their lives in abstract form.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection

WHEN: April 29–Oct. 2, 2016
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
See 13 contemporary sculptures bask among the gardens in this rare event. 

Music 

Concerts at Red Rocks

WHEN: July 1–3 and 5, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Red Rocks! Hit the Rocks on July 1 for a night of experimental world fusion and electronica with Beats Antique, Shpongle and That 1 Guy, accompanied by the visionary art of Alex and Allyson Grey. July 2 sees the improvisatory genius of Umphrey's McGee arrive at this one-of-a-kind venue for a two-night series. Blues Traveler returns for their annual Independence Day show along with Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker and Sam Palladio on July 4. And on July 5, welcome Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords

Dead & Company 

WHEN: July 2 & 3, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Folsom Field, Unversity of Colorado Boulder campus
Former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are once again teaming up with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti to put on a show that all Deadheads will enjoy. Don't miss Dead & Company

Selena Gomez

WHEN: July 2, 2016 
WHERE: Pepsi Center
Pop star Selena Gomez — known for hits like "Come & Get It," "Good for You," "Same Old Love" and "Hands to Myself" — brings her Revival Tour, along with special guest DNCE, to Denver's Pepsi Center to kick off the holiday weekend. 

City Park Jazz

WHEN: July 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
WHERE: City Park Bandstand 

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a free concert in City Park? City Park Jazz takes place every Sunday evening in June and July. This weekend, enjoy the sounds of Ritmo Jazz Latino, one of Denver’s finest jazz ensembles.

DJ ESCO 4th of July Weekend Day Party

WHEN: July 3, 2016, 2–10 p.m. 
WHERE: City Hall 

Join "the coolest DJ in the world" for a daytime dance party at Denver's newest open-air event venue, City Hall. Expect three levels of DJs, live performances, go-go dancers and more!

Arts and Culture

First Friday Art Walk

WHEN: July 1, 2016 
WHERE: Denver's Art Districts

Visit with Denver's vibrant creative community at The Mile High City's art districts for the 4th, including Art District On Santa Fe, RiNo (River North Art District) and the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Galleries stay open late as art lovers enjoy live music, food and drink — and, of course, plenty of great art.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: June 3–Aug. 7, 2016
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder campus

It's time once again for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. See a series of plays performed under the stars at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in the newly renovated University Theatre on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. This year's lineup includes "The Comedy of Errors," "Troilus and Cressida," "Cymbeline" and "Henry VI, Part 2."

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 11–Aug. 7, 2016
WHERE: Larkspur, Colo.

Take a trip back to the 16th century and experience full-armor jousting, period music and giant turkey legs at the Colorado Renaissance Festival

Pro Sports and Fireworks

The Rapids — and FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4, 2016 
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Denver's hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the Portland Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 4. Stick around for the fireworks display after the game! 

The Outlaws — and FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4, 2016
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Professional lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws will battle it out with the Florida Launch. After the game, enjoy fireworks within the bowl at Sports Authority Field at Mile High — pyrotechnics paired with visuals on a 220-foot-wide, high-definition screen. You'll never forget this fireworks show!

Family Fun 

A Beautiful Planet 3D

WHEN: April 29–June 30, 2016
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

See a breathtaking film, A Beautiful Planet 3D, shot by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It's showing at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Liberty Run and Firecracker Kids Fun Run

WHEN: July 4, 2016
WHERE: Washington Park

Work off all the BBQ, ice cream and apple pie by running in the Liberty Run. This four-mile run around beautiful Washington Park is a July 4th tradition in The Mile High City and benefits veterans. In addition to awards for the winners of the race itself, prizes will be given to kids and adults with the most patriotic flair, so wear your best red, white and blue. After the run, enjoy food, beverages and a patriotic celebration, including the free Firecracker Kids Fun Run for your littles. 

National Parks Adventure 3D

WHEN: May 27–Sept. 22, 2016 
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure 3D celebrates the 100-year anniversary of America's national parks by taking viewers on an off-trail adventure through four of our treasured national parks: Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and Arches. Watch it in IMAX at the Denver Muesum of Nature & Science.


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