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Fourth of July Weekend: Fourteen Things to Do In and Around Denver

Fourth of July Weekend: Fourteen Things to Do In and Around Denver
Greeley Stampede
Yeehaw! After 2020 fizzled, this Fourth of July weekend should sizzle. The fun has started early along the Front Range, and over the next few days, you can lasso some action at the Greeley Stampede, catch the action in downtown Denver, or hit Sloan's Lake for a free concert.

Here are fourteen ways to keep busy this weekend.

Greeley Stampede
Now through Sunday, July 4

The Greeley Stampede rides again! The cowboy action resumes on July 1 with Carnival Americana at 5 p.m., followed by the Sheep Stampede and a Dwight Yoakam concert. The lineup is even more lively in the days to come, closing with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. on July 4. Find the full schedule and ticket prices here.

Meet in the Street
Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
16th Street Mall

The Downtown Denver Partnership and City and County of Denver are hosting Meet in the Street, a free summer festival taking over the 16th Street Mall with games, activities, and more. Learn more here.

Novo Ita Immersive Art Experience
Saturday, July 3, through August 23, noon to 8 p.m. daily (closes at 3 p.m. on July 4)
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Spectra, which kept the shape-shifting Spookadelia immersive experience going for months, is moving on to a different theme, bringing in a new team to create Novo Ita, a tactile and psychedelic journey with a subtle message about environmental and societal issues lurking around in its story. The characters who live in the future world of Novo Ita are perfectly in tune with nature — a concept that we could use more of right now. Tickets, $12 to $30, are timed-entry; reserve yours at Eventbrite.

Sloan's Lake Bazaar High Country Hustle With Derek Dames Ohl
Saturday, July 3, 4 to 8:30 p.m.
1611 Raleigh Street

TheBigWonderful is presenting a free show with Derek Dames Ohl (5 to 6 p.m.) Durango's High Country Hustle (from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) at the Sloan's Lake Bazaar. Admission is free, dogs are welcome, and you can buy a $40 open-bar ticket. Find out more here.

ArtWalk Summer on the Streets Festival
Saturday, July 3, 4 to 8 p.m.
Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Avenue, Longmont

Firehouse Art Center is taking charge of Longmont’s free ArtWalk again this summer by activating live music and mini arts-and-crafts markets in downtown alleyways and breezeways every Saturday, starting this weekend and running through August 21. Kids’ activity tables won’t be on the docket this round, but youngsters can pick up free hands-on take-home art kits at Firehouse, where the art exhibition One Thing, and Then Another will be on view for one last day. Get to know Longmont’s nooks and crannies on foot this summer; find weekly maps and schedules here.

Stars & Stripes Streetfest
Now through July 13, starting at 5 p.m.
The Square on 21st, 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets

The Ballpark Collective is activating a pop-up park dubbed the Square on 21st just in time for both Fourth of July weekend and the 2021 MLB All-Star Game with a continuous free street party, the Stars & Stripes Streetfest. Live comedy, dueling pianos, live music and DJs, food, drinks and games will keep you busy until the fireworks blow at the ballpark on July 3, and late-night silent-disco events will relax your groove afterward. Beginning July 9, surrounding eateries will stretch out with tables under the stars on closed-off streets to catch the All-Star week overflow. Most events are free; get all the info and schedule updates here.
Colorado Rockies v. St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, July 3, 7:10 p.m.
Coors Field

The Colorado Rockies take on the St. Louis Cardinals — and Nolan Arenado — in a run that ends with fireworks above Coors Field...even if you don't see the same kind of action on the field. Get tickets here.

Big Boom Bash
Saturday, July 3, 9:15 p.m.
Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling Street, Lakewood

Spectacular free fireworks will be on view within a 1.5-mile radius of Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling Street, from a variety of vantage points on July 3, including nearby parks and convenient parking lots. Tune in to 100.3 FM on your car radio for choreographed music, or stream on your phone here; learn more and find a map of prime viewing spots here. In case of winds, pray for calmer weather on July 4.
Highland Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade
Sunday, July 4, 8 a.m. pre-party, 9:30 a.m. parade kickoff
West 32nd Avenue and Clay Street

After a pandemic hiatus, this free, family-friendly Highland neighborhood celebration returns with a bike-decorating pre-party, festively clad red-white-and-blue locals marching behind the antique fire truck, the Little Man drumline and the additional star power of Senior Miss Colorado, 96-year-old Lorie Woltemath. After a bike-decorating pre-party, Makenna Sherry will sing the national anthem at  9:30 a.m. Then the parade will travel down 32nd Avenue to Tejon Street, ending at Hirshorn Park for a local meet-and-greet with Fire Department #7. At 11 a.m., the action will move to the plaza at Little Man Ice Cream, which turns thirteen on July 4, for a free, kid-friendly “Happy Birthday Bash Singalong” featuring local north Denver favorite Hank Williams, director of awesomeness with the Rocky Mountain Aardvarks. Find out more here.

4th of July Evergreen Music Festival
Sunday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen

You’ll be so busy at this year’s 4th of July Evergreen Music Festival that fireworks would be overkill. The fest starts at 10 a.m. and goes nonstop until 7:30 p.m., with live music, a shiny car show, face painters and henna artists, athletic activities and food trucks. Don't miss the headliner: Colorado’s own DeVotchKa, with the Thomas Dance Project, featuring performers from the Colorado and Boulder ballets. Admission is $5 to $25 (a $55 Freedom Run/Music Festival combo is available, too); get tickets and find a schedule here.

Roxborough State Park Historic Persse Place Open House
Sunday, July 4, noon to 3 p.m.
4751 East Roxborough Drive, Littleton

In celebration of Colorado History & Archeology month, Roxborough State Park is hosting an open house at this historic home from the early 1900s. Step off the Fountain Valley Trail for a tour with a naturalist. It's free, but you'll need a parks pass to get into Roxborough. Find out more here.

Brighton Fourth of July Festival
Sunday, July 4, 4 to 10 p.m.
Carmichael Park, 650 East Southern Street, Brighton
The annual free celebration returns to Brighton. Live entertainment includes music from DJ Tidal Wave starting at 5 p.m., followed by headliner Anavrins’s Day, a ’90s alternative and grunge tribute band, at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of the concert, the fest will feature one of the region's largest fireworks displays. Find out more here.

City Park Jazz: Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors

Sunday, July 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
City Park Bandshell
Denver has always had a thriving jazz community, and between the 1920s and 1950s, the Five Points neighborhood was the heart of the scene. The Five Points sound is still alive today, and the main keeper of the flame is pianist Purnell Steen and his group, the Five Points Ambassadors. Get in the groove! Admission is free, though donations are always welcome; find out more here.

Major League Soccer/Colorado Rapids 4th Fest
Sunday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

Looking for sports entertainment with a big side of fireworks on the actual Fourth? Then head to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where there’s lots of parking, as well as major league soccer action and 100 percent capacity seating as the Rapids take on the Seattle Sounders FC. And at the end? A good old-fashioned fireworks show with all the bells and whistles. Tickets start at $35 at Ticketmaster.

Do you know of a great event? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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