The 2010 annual Fourth of July celebration brings a serious of parades, barbeques, fireworks and family time. By now, you have probably made plans for where you are going to spend the holiday, but now is the time to be planning what celebrations you are going to attend and how to get the most fun the town has to offer. The majority of families have children involved so be sure to plan some down time for naps and relaxation. If your Fourth of July plans bring you to the Denver, Colorado area, be sure to read below to find the celebration closet to you. If you aren’t going to be in the Denver area, read about the celebrations anyway…you may just want to plan on celebrating in Denver next year!
Please note listings are alphabetical to aid in your search. Also, the events listed below are for 2010.
Starting at 3pm at the Stenger/Lutz Complex there will be a free Fourth of July Festival. The color fireworks start at 9pm and dance to the simulcast collection of great oldies and patriotic music from KOOL105 for about 25 minutes. Stop by earlier in the day to enjoy some free family fun including live music all afternoon, kid’s activities featuring an obstacle course, bungee run, bi g slide and face tattoos, fames, food concessions, display booths, a car show, a fire truck and emergency vehicles display and a military display. There will also be child DNA kits offered by the Arvada Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni.
The Light up the Night Fourth of July Spectacular is Aurora’s ninth annual Independence Day Celebration and will take place July 4 starting at 6pm. They are claiming the title of the largest fireworks display (25 minutes long) in the Denver metro area and will have a performance from the U.S. Army Band from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. The Fourth of July Spectacular will take place on the Aurora Municipal Center (15151 Alameda Parkway) lawn, but there is limited seating available. The town is reporting seating for 4,000 on the lawn and an additional 10,000 in surrounding areas. The best viewing options include east of Potomac Street, south of Sixth Avenue, north of Mississippi Avenue, and West of Buckley Road. There will be food and beverage booths. Parking is available at the Town Center at Aurora, Aurora City Place, and Community College of Aurora.
Join your neighbor’s at Friendship Park (S. 8th St. and Southern St.) for a concert and fireworks on July 4 from 6pm-9pm. They are featuring “DJ Tidalwave” and “The Blackwater Band.”
The celebrations at Broomfield County Commons Park (13200 Sheridan Blvd) will begin at 10am with the opening of the Bay Aquatic Park. At noon the senior verse city council softball game will take place. Starting at 5pm the children’s entertainment and carnival games will begin. There will be a free petting zoo, $3 pony rides, $5 inflatables and concessions. The Great American Picnic 4th Annual Bike Parade and a free concert on the entertainment stage begin at 5:30. At 6pm free star pops will be given out at the City Council Tent. Another free concert performed by Funkiphino on the Entertainment stage will being at 7pm. After the concert and at dusk the fireworks display will begin.
Rockin’ the Fourth will be taking place in Castle Rock on July 4 from 6pm to 11pm at the Metzler Ranch Community Park (4175 Trail Boss Road). The events include a concert in the park, food and beverage vendors, and beer sales prior to an intense fireworks show.
Fireworks in Commerce City will take place at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (6000 Victory Way) following the Rapids verse New York Red Bulls soccer game.
Coors Field will be hosting fireworks after the game on July 2 and July 3. The Rockies will be playing against the San Francisco Giants both nights. The games are scheduled to start at 6:10pm.
The Denver Country Club will be having fireworks July 4 at 9:30pm. Historically the DCC opens their east gate across from Bed, Bath & Beyond about 8:30 to allow friends to watch the fireworks show from the fairway. If not, the best place to watch is north of the Country Club along 1st Avenue.
Cheesman Park (8th and Franklin) will be having the Fourth Annual Independence Day Cheesman Park Kids Parade. The event will take place from 9am-noon.
Washington Park neighborhood associations and local business owners will be co-sponsoring a July 4th Neighborhood Picnic at the Washington Park Boathouse on July 4 from 11am-1pm.
Following the Denver Outlaws verse Bayhawks lacrosse games, Invesco Field will be having fireworks. The game is scheduled to begin on at 7pm on July 4, 2010.
At Citizens Park on July 3 from 4-10pm Edgewater will be hosting their 3rd annual Fourth of July celebration. The fun begins at 4pm and fireworks are expected to begin at 8:45pm.
Englewood will be hosting a family festival starting at 3pm and lasting until 9pm and fireworks starting at 9:30pm. The Family Festival will be on July 4 at Belleview Park, Cornerstone Park and Progress Park. (near the corner of Windermere and Belleview).
There will be a festival at the Whole Foods in Glendale on July 3 from 9:30pm-11pm. There will also be a festival at Sam Taylor’s Brew ‘n’ Que at Infinity Park. The fireworks will be launched from Creekside Park with viewing from Infinity Park (950 S. Birch St.) South.
In addition there will be an Old Fashioned July 4th Festival at Hour Mile Historic Park from 10am-4pm. Please note there will be no fireworks at this location. The events include: meeting Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln, Denver Concert Band, reading of the Declaration of Independence, horse drawn rides and children’s crafts and games sponsored by Home Depot.
There will be a Fourth of July celebration in Lions Park at Golden on July 4 from noon to 10pm. FREE RIDES again this year for all the kids along live music, food, fun and entertainment all day long! Music features the Golden Eagle Brass Band from 7pm ’til fireworks. There will be a raffle drawing starting at 1pm with 100 prizes including a $1,000 prize! You can purchase your raffle ticket from King Soopers, Safeway and Foss Drug store on Saturdays from 9am-noon starting on June 4.
Highlands Ranch will be hosting a July 4th Parade, Run, and Celebration at the Town Center on July 4 from 9am-9pm. A July 4th parade will begin at 9am.It’s a day of activities for all involved!
Lakewood will be hosting the Lakewood on Parade 2010 on July 3 from 1pm-10pm. Events include: arts and crafts, live music, entertainment, a beer garden for adults, games and rides. Admission to the even is free and is located at the Jefferson County Sports Stadium (500 Kipling St.). Please note there will not be a parade at the event this year.
Littleton will be hosting a family festival starting at 3pm and lasting until 9pm and fireworks starting at 9:30pm. The Family Festival will be on July 4 at Belleview Park, Cornerstone Park and Progress Park. (near the corner of Windermere and Belleview).
Lone Tree will be hosting their 13th Annual Celebration on July 4th at Sweetwater Park (8300 ½ Sweetwater Rd.). The events include a children’s bike ride, fireworks show, live entertainment, local food and drink vendors, and a firecracker 5k run. The activities start at 3:15pm and the fireworks start at 9:15pm
The celebration in Morrison will take place at the Bandimere Speedway on July 3. The racing gates open at 7:30am and will end with a troop salute and fireworks show at 9:30pm. There is a lot of adventure for those wanting to spend there day here: jet cars, drag racing, troop salute, games, music, contests, magicians, and food. There is an admission charge for entry so be sure to stop by Big O Tires for discount coupons.
The July 4th Family Festival for Northglenn will take place at the E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park (11701 Community Center Dr.) on July 4. The activities will begin at 7am and will conclude with a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:30pm. Scheduled activities include: a pancake breakfast, senior bake sale, the Bike, Trike, Wheelchair and Patriotic Pooches Parade. Visitors can ride pedal boats on Webster Lake throughout the day- even through the fireworks!
Parker’s celebration, Let Freedom Sing!, will take place on July 3 starting at 6pm with children’s activities, live music and food vendors. 9:30pm will bring the fireworks display. Be sure to meet your neighbors at Salisbury Park (9200 Motsenbocker Rd.) for the fun.
In Westminster, the Fourth of July Celebration will take place on July 4th at the Westminster City Park (105th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.). The food vendors will open at 6pm, a free concert by The Nacho Men will start at 7pm, with the fireworks starting at 9:15pm. Parking is very limited and the use of the free shuttle bus at the Westminster/Hyland Hills area is strongly encouraged.
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