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There’s no better place to be over the Fourth 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 

INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: July 3, 2018, 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, 2018
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.

FIREWORKS AT The HUDSON GARDENs & Event Center

WHEN: July 3-4, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (fireworks follow concerts)
WHERE: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center 

See Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, on July 3 and Firefall, with hits like “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You,” on July 4. Fireworks displays follow each performance. 

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 6–8, 2018
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.

Museum Exhibitions

EL ALEBRIJE

WHEN: Sept. 9, 2017–Aug. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Exhibited in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver, the alebrijes are beautiful, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures handcrafted by artisans in Mexico and depicting wild and mythical creatures.

Stampede: Animals in Art

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. 

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park!

Past the Tangled Present

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2017–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ever wanted to step inside the pages of your favorite children's book? This family-friendly exhibit by Denver artist Jaime Molina imparts that very feeling. Sit on boxes painted with friendly faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and marvel at the ever-expanding mural. 

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado.

Eyes On

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2017–July 8, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Independence Day weekend is the last chance for bibliophiles to get a peek at Eyes On, artist Xiaoze Xie's collection of paintings, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China.

A WALK IN THE WOODS

WHEN: Dec. 27, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The new family space in the Denver Art Museum features animal-related activities created to complement the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION

WHEN: Jan. 26–Sept. 9, 2018
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

This temporary presentation features never-before-exhibited early anatomical sketches discovered in the Clyfford Still Archives.

GANESHA THE PLAYFUL PROTECTOR

WHEN: Feb. 16–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ganesha is a Hindu god widely worshiped as a remover of obstacles and known for granting wealth and success. View sculptures, paintings and textiles depicting Ganesha from the Denver Art Museum's collection, along with a very special pre-Angkor statue of the elephant god on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

Dead Sea Scrolls

WHEN: March 16–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering visitors a rare chance to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents, along with their full English translation. The exhibit also features the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display, including weapons, terra cotta figurines, a re-creation of the Western Wall from the old city of Jerusalem and a three-ton stone from the actual wall.

DRAWN TO GLAMOUR: FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY JIM HOWARD

WHEN: March 25–July 22, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum 

More than 100 works on paper showcase Jim Howard's four-decade career as a fashion illustrator, beginning with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, through the '70s and '80s when he worked for fashion houses such as Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent.

PLAY BALL!

WHEN: April 7–Sept. 30, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Play Ball! showcases one of the greatest collections of baseball artifacts ever assembled outside the Hall of Fame, from the glove donned by Willie Mays to the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series.

PIXELATED: SCULPTURE BY MIKE WHITING

WHEN: April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
WHERE: 
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mike Whiting's geometric sculptures explore the relationships between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, as well as the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture.

JEFFREY GIBSON - LIKE A HAMMER

WHEN: May 13–Aug. 12, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The first major exhibition of Jeffrey Gibson’s work will chronicle a pivotal moment in his career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured, including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video.

LEGORADO

WHEN: May 26–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center 

For kids and kids-at-heart, this giant LEGO® re-creation of Colorado history is sure to please, with its mix of both real and imagined Colorado scenes and landmarks.

CYBERSCAPES BY SERENITY FORGE

WHEN: May 30–Aug. 5, 2018
WHERE: 
Denver Botanic Gardens
Experience the dream-like virtual landscapes developed by video game production studio Serenity Forge, drawing from games such as "Lifeless Planet," "The King’s Bird" and "Once Upon a Coma." 

NEW TERRITORY: LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY

WHEN: June 24–Sept. 16, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This exhibition of more than 80 landscape photographs showcases how artists manipulate materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between "observed" and "constructed" imagery and stretching the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes and values of our time.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'AMERICA’S MUSICAL JOURNEY' IMAX 3D

WHEN: Feb. 16–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Tap your toe across America as you experience the sounds of jazz, blues, zydeco and old-time country music, and see how they have shaped our nation’s distinctive musical heritage in this engaging film. 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–Aug. 12, 2018
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 "Love's Labour's Lost," "Richard III," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "You Can't Take It With You" and "Edward III."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–July 29, 2018
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.

'THE BOOK OF MORMON'

WHEN: June 13–July 1, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Nine-time Tony Award winner "The Book of Mormon" is back in The Mile High City. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a pair of Mormon missionaries as they travel halfway across the globe to spread the Good Word.

CONCERTS AT RED ROCKS

WHEN: June 29–July 8, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre! The weekend before the 4th, The Avett Brothers play a three-night series June 29–July 1. Zeds Dead will play two nights in a row (July 2 and 3). Celebrate the 4th with Blues Traveler with G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wailers and The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts. On July 8, acclaimed Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra rocks the Rocks with special guest Keller Williams.

KENNY CHESNEY: TRIP AROUND THE SUN TOUR 

WHEN: June 30, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High​

Celebrating the weekend before the 4th? Don't miss country singer Kenny Chesney at Sports Authority Field at Mile High!

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: July 1 and 8, 2018, 6 p.m.
WHERE: City Park Bandstand

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a free concert in City ParkCity Park Jazz takes place every Sunday evening for 10 weeks, spanning June through August.

HARRY STYLES

WHEN: July 3, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Kick off the holiday with Harry Styles and special guest Kacey Musgraves at the Pepsi Center.

COLORADO SYMPHONY'S FAMILY FRIENDLY FOURTH OF JULY 

WHEN: July 4, 2018
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

This family-friendly event features fireworks and your favorite patriotic tunes played by the Colorado Symphony.

PRO SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

WHEN: July 2–4, 2018
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Head to Coors Field to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series.

DENVER OUTLAWS VS. BOSTON CANNONS

WHEN: July 4, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High 

Professional lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws will battle it out with the Boston Cannons. 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!

COLORADO RAPIDS VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 

WHEN: July 4, 2018
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Watch as professional men's soccer team the Colorado Rapids square off against the Seattle Sounders FC!