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Happy Fourth of July! Here's How to Celebrate With Food and Drink in Denver

Bust out your best red, white and blue for Independence Day.
Bust out your best red, white and blue for Independence Day. Courtesy of HUNI
It's our country's birthday, and in addition to the classic Fourth of July shenanigans (think free speech, parks, bugs, parades, beer and fireworks), Americans also enjoy many other rights and privileges (brunches, rooftop patios, picnics, barbecue and....well, beer and fireworks). This Independence Day, do your civic duty and take advantage of all the food and drink specials you're entitled to as a citizen of this great nation. Here are eleven great ways to celebrate in Denver with food and drink.
click to enlarge It's not Fourth of July without ice cream. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
It's not Fourth of July without ice cream.
Danielle Lirette
Highland Parade, Bike Contest & Picnic
Hirshorn Park
16th and Erie streets

Want to host a big Fourth of July party (we mean a really, really big party), but don't have the space in your tiny Highland house? The Tenth Annual Highland Parade, Bike Contest & Picnic is here to save the day! The family-focused fun starts at 8 a.m., with a bike-decorating party for the kiddos at 32nd and Clay streets; after dolling up their favorite two-wheelers, kids will start out on the parade route at 9:30 a.m. The procession ends at Hirshorn Park around 10 a.m., where a live band playing classic rock, free hot dogs, a potluck (bring a dish to share!) and — here's the best part — a 200-foot long ice cream sundae created by Little Man Ice Cream will cap off festivities at 11:30.

Union Station Stars & Stripes Express Fest
1701 Wynkoop Street
303-592-6712

This year, relocate your Independence Day celebration from the back yard to Union Station for the Stars & Stripes Express Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The Terminal Bar will double the size of its patio to fit more revelers, and Denver Beer Co. will be pouring lots of locally made suds; there will also be plenty of live music and family-friendly entertainment. Stars & Stripes is a free event (but the beer isn’t), and it will end early enough for you to catch a local fireworks display.

Dueling Pianos & Fireworks
The Square on 21st
21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets
If patriotic brass bands aren't your thing (sorry, not sorry, John Philip Sousa), check out Dueling Pianos & Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. Baby grand pianos will be set up in this pop-up park to fight it out, and drinks will be poured courtesy of Great Divide Brewing and Mile High Spirits. Attendees on Independence Day will be treated to great views of the fireworks at Coors Field. Admission is free, but you must buy drink tickets if you want to imbibe; get yours in advance at eventbrite.com.
click to enlarge Cool off at Coohills tonight. - COOHILLS
Cool off at Coohills tonight.
Coohills
Beats on the Creek With Roger Waters
Coohills
1400 Wewatta Street
Beats on the Creek is back at Coohills, which opens today for happy hour. Roger Waters is the featured performer at 8 p.m.; patio seating requires reservations and a guaranteed $60 per person in food and drink...but space on the bridge (which opens at 6 p.m.) is free! For more information, call 303-623-5700.

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