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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.

CAN'T-MISS EVENTS 

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 1-3, 2017
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

WHEN: July 3, 2017, 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.

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4, 2017
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.

Museum Exhibitions

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

WHEN: Feb. 19–Oct. 22, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Mi Tierra explores contemporary life in the American West through the eyes of 13 Latino artists. The Denver Art Museum presents artwork by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

WHEN: March 10–Aug. 13, 2017
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Experience a myth-busting exhibition that highlights the complexities of Viking culture. Many of the treasures in Vikings: Beyond the Legend have never been displayed outside of Scandinavia. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will also present a supernatural world inhabited by gods and giants. 

BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT

WHEN: March 18, 2017 – Feb. 11, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Backstory: Western American Art in Context, which will be held at History Colorado Center, features 50 pieces from the collections of History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum's Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Come see landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, ancestral Puebloan pottery, American Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, saddles, Rockmount clothing and a chuck wagon.

Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford

WHEN: April 9–July 16, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum
Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford, a collaborative presentation by the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford — who was recently named the U.S. representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale — will be on view at the DAM, alongside related canvases by Clyfford Still.

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

WHEN: May 27–Sept. 10, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, at the Denver Art Museum, is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations and gun violence — offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.

Nature's Amazing Machines

WHEN: June 16, 2017–Jan. 8, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Jaws that can crush 8,000 pounds in one bite, the blood pumping through a giraffe's neck, how it feels to fly — the magnificent workings of nature's creatures and plants is the subject of Nature's Amazing Machines at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Come interact with scientific models and fun displays to marvel at nature's feats of engineering.

MUSIC

CONCERTS AT RED ROCKS

WHEN: June 30-July 2, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre! Umphrey’s McGee will be playing three nights in a row. Friday night will feature special guests Stick Figure, Saturday features Snarky Puppy & Bokante and Sunday welcomes Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers.

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: July 2, 2017, 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.

ARTS AND CULTURE

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

WHEN: June 30, 2017 
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 11–Aug. 13, 2017
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder campus

See Shakespeare under the stars on the beautiful CU campus. Every summer, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs a series of plays at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in the University Theatre. This year's lineup includes "The Taming of the Shrew," "Hamlet," "Julius Caesar," "Henry VI, Part 3" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 10–July 30, 2017
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, 2017
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Denver's hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the Seattle Sounders 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 Atlanta Blaze. 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

MEET IN THE STREET

WHEN: TBD
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

Get out on the 16th Street Mall for some free, family-friendly fun. Meet in the Street takes place over five consecutive summer weekends and offers new and exciting ways to experience the mall.

LIBERTY RUN AND FIRECRACKER KIDS FUN RUN

WHEN: TBA
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.

Park Hill 4th Of July Parade

WHEN: July 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park Hill Neighborhood, Starting at 23rd Ave. and Dexter St.

Patriotic music, floats, classic cars, costumed characters and several marching bands make this a good old-fashioned Independence Day parade. Every year this parade brings out crowds to one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, with everyone dressing in their best red, white and blue.