Have a blast this week! Although most Colorado municipalities ban personal fireworks, many are hosting fireworks shows now through July 4. Whether you're staying in the city or heading to the mountains for a long weekend, you'll find an eye-popping display nearby. Here are thirteen shows you won't want to miss this week; all are free unless otherwise indicated.
Tuesday, July 2, 9:15 p.m.
4440 East Virginia Avenue
The celebration starts early with the annual fireworks display in Glendale lighting up the sky from the center of Creekside Park. Roads will start closing around 7:30 p.m., so pack a picnic and find your spot early. Street closures will include East Virginia between South Birch Street and South Cherry Street., South Cherry Street between Cherry Creek Drive South and East Virginia, East Exposition Avenue between South Cherry and South Forest Street, Forest between Exposition and Center, and South Dahlia Street at Cherry Creek Drive South.
Rockies Post-Game Fireworks
Tuesday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 3
Fireworks start after 9 p.m.
Nothing says America quite like baseball and fireworks. After the Rockies play the Houston Astros, the sky will light up with a heart-pounding fireworks display. Tickets to the game start at $40, but several rooftops and outdoor areas at bars and eateries in the LoHi and LoDo neighborhoods offer optimal viewing opportunities.
Wednesday, July 3, 4 to 10 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Civic Center Park
The gates will open at 4 p.m., so you can claim the perfect spot and grab a bite from a food truck or stop by a beer and wine garden for a drink. Live music will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a speaking program; at 8:15 p.m. the Colorado Symphony will take the stage to perform a program of patriotic anthems. At 9:30 p.m., the Denver skyline will be illuminated by an explosive fireworks show accompanied by a red, white and blue light show. For more information, visit the Civic Center Conservancy Website.
Stars and Stripes
Wednesday, July 3, 4 to 11 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:30
Riverdale Regional Park
9755 Henderson Road, Brighton
Brighton will get very bright on July 3, with an evening of family-friendly activities, beer, food and live music. The fireworks will start after dark. For more information, visit the Adams County Fair Website.
Wednesday, July 3, 9 p.m.
Columbine Mine Park
1926 Skyline Drive, Erie
Erie is stripping down to the basics for this Independence Day: just a big, colorful sky. You can claim your spot after 5 p.m.; fireworks will start at dark at Columbine Mine Park.
Silverton 4th of July
Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fireworks begin around 9 p.m.
Silverton offers a full array of activities to celebrate Independence Day, beginning at 8 a.m. at Memorial Park with the Blue Ribbon Run. You can can register on race day for either a 2k, 5k or 10k; fees range from $20 to $30 and benefit the Silverton Youth Center. At 10:30 a.m., the parade will make its way down Greene and Blaire streets; there will be a carnival from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Park with live music and the annual Duck Derby at 2 p.m. Wrapping up the celebration, fireworks will be shot into the sky from the Shrine of the Mines on Anvil Mountain. For more details, visit the Silverton 4th of July website.
Thursday, July 4
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Explore the historic mining town during the day, then stay for a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.