July 4th doesn’t quite feel the same without a ton of fireworks, and one source of disappointment for many new Colorado residents is the ban that Colorado has on at-home fireworks. Although the city does offer a few shows to choose from — which are listed below, in more detail — it is illegal to have the small fountains and other fiery, lovely goodness that many other states take for granted as part of their at-home annual tradition.

If this is your first year here in Denver Metro, or if you’ve never attended the annual public firework displays in the past, here is a rundown of some of the best events for this 4th of July season. Of course, parking is usually at a minimum, and arriving well in advance to reserve a closer seat is highly recommended if you want to avoid extensive walking. Also, if you want to leave your car and sit on the grounds somewhere, optimal seating locations fill up almost as quickly as the parking lots!

If you intend to venture out and get a taste of Denver’s firework shows this summer, it might be worth considering packing a picnic or supply bag of essentials before you go. This can include snacks, sunblock for sure, bug spray, bottles of water, a flashlight, and even a travel blanket. Few things are more frustrating than arriving at an event lasting several hours, out in public, but not being prepared with SPF and hydration!

All fireworks are expected to begin at approximately 9:30 pm!

ARVADA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 4 pm
WHERE: Lutz/Stengler Sports Complex
INCLUDES: Kids Play Zone, human “Hamster” balls, inflatables, live music, craft booths, games, face painting, and food & drink stands

AURORA 4th OF JULY SPECTACULAR

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 6 pm
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora
INCLUDES: Additional free activities

ENGLEWOOD FAMILY FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 3 pm
WHERE: Belleview & Cornerstone Parks
INCLUDES: FREE event (small fee for some activities and attractions) includes face painting, bungee trampoline, bounce castle and live entertainment

GOLDEN 4th OF JULY FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at Noon
WHERE: Lions Park
INCLUDES: Lots of FREE rides and face painting beginning at noon; The Johnny O Band plays from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m.

GREEN VALLEY RANCH CONCERT & FIREWORKS

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 6 pm
WHERE: Green Valley Ranch Golf Club
INCLUDES: XO Band FREE concert at 6:15 p.m.; then headliners The Rumour at 7:30 p.m. at Green Valley Golf Club; There is a free shuttle service from 10 locations from 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

HIGHLANDS RANCH JULY 4th CELEBRATION

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 8:45 am
WHERE: Town Center North
INCLUDES: At 4 p.m., the action moves to Highland Heritage Regional Park for balloon twisters, face painters, games, inflatables; shuttles run from Highlands Ranch High School and Rock Canyon High School

NORTHGLENN 4th OF JULY FAMILY FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 7 am
WHERE: E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park (Across from City Hall)
INCLUDES: Pancake Breakfast, Pedals and Paws Patriot Parade; a 4-mile run, car show; bounce houses, pedal boats, Duck Derby; a bake sale, Beer Garden and a concert by Soul School. Food & community booths open at noon

LITTLETON FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 3 pm
WHERE: Cornerstone Park baseball field
INCLUDES: Food concessions available

THORNTON 4th OF JULY

WHEN: July 4th – Starts at 4 pm
WHERE: Carpenter Park Fields
INCUDES: Beer Garden & food vendors, Thornton Community Band performance at 5:15 p.m and Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m.

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4th – Fireworks At Dusk!
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
INCLUDES: Free fireworks at dusk in addition to all the fun of a standard visit to Elitch gardens and water park (ticket required for entry to the Park)

THE RAPIDS — AND FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4th – Fireworks After the Game!
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
INCLUDES: Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders at Dick’s Sporting Goods. There is a free fireworks show visible via the parking lot outside

THE OUTLAWS — AND FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4th – Fireworks After the Game!
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
INCLUDES: Denver Outlaws vs. Atlanta Blaze. After the game, there is a free fireworks show at Authority Field at Mile High that is visible for miles around!

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!
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