Things to Do During the 4th of July Weekend in Denver!

Jason Cummings  |  June 29, 2022

Things to Do During the 4th of July Weekend in Denver!

It’s that time of year again! Get your fireworks and your grills ready because we have gathered some of the best events and celebrations for this year’s 4th of July! From parades to concerts, from the city to the mountains, we have you covered!

Start your 4th of July weekend early in the city by going to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival on July 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd to check out “the 250 artists exhibitors, including 13 artist award winners returning from the 2021 show and 5 Emerging Artists”. The artists will be showcasing their works varying from oil paintings to jewelry to mixed media to photography and much more! There is also a culinary section of the festival where you can get a bite from some of the best restaurants and food trucks in the area. Additionally, there is also a main stage with live music all weekend long! Admission to the festival is free and they will be accepting donations to support artists as well as arts education. 

Prepare for a fun-filled 4th of July day with a pancake breakfast including sausage and juice at 9am at Founders’ Green in Denver then, stick around for the parade at 10:30am where you can ride decorated bicycles, scooters, and wagons through a guided course! The price is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and they also have a $12 family four-pack option for you and your family.

Want to enjoy some live music on the 4th before the sun goes down and the fireworks begin? City Park is the place to be! From 6 to 8pm, local musicians will be performing in City Park Pavillion with the addition of a few selected vendors and food trucks for all to enjoy while listening, dancing, and watching these local musicians perform. Admission is free for all!

If you’re feeling like escaping to the mountains or are up for a challenge, both Steamboat and Breckenridge have athletic opportunities for you or your family. Breckenridge has a 10k trail run as well as a 50k bike race for the adrenaline junkie in your family (registration required for both of these events). Following those two events will be a chalk art contest, an opportunity to tie dye beach towels, a dog fashion show, a Beach Boys lip sync battle, as well as beach Bingo all happening in Breckenridge Arts District Ridge Street Art Square. Admission is free and open to the public for the activities. (*note that Breckenridge does NOT do a firework show due to an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks to align with safe environmental practices*).
​​​​​​​Steamboat Springs also has their own celebration plans for the 4th of July including “events like the Ski Jumping Extravaganza, hometown parade, and the largest Pro Rodeo event of the summer, have visitors proclaiming independence at this 100+ year-old event!”. There is also the 119th Annual Cowboy’s Roundup Days event where Steamboat Springs celebrates Independence Day in “true western fashion” with a hometown parade followed by an old-fashioned community block party in Downtown Steamboat.

Whether you want to stay close to home, bring your kids, or escape to the mountains, there are plenty of options for you to choose from that will all end in a super fun 4th of July weekend!

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