Ten Places to Celebrate Food and Freedom in Denver on the Fourth of July

Freedom, food and fireworks: the three cornerstones on which this country was founded — or at least the three things we love the most about the Fourth of July. With the holiday falling on a Monday this year, that's meant a long holiday weekend for many, with three days full of star-spangled food and drink specials for all. And there's still plenty of fun to be had; keep reading for some of the tastiest events and offers around Denver:

Interstate Kitchen & Bar
Monday, July 4

Interstate's all-you-can-eat Independence Day brunch to get you fueled for a full day of all things American. The brunch, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, is $18, or $28 with an all-you-can-drink option. 

La Loma
Through July 4

La Loma Mexican Restaurant — which won't move until at least the end of August — is celebrating its last Fourth of July in this location by offering a special Mexican hot-dog deal and a frozen red, white and blue margarita. On Monday night, you should be able to see fireworks from the patio and parking lot. Call the restaurant at 303-433-8300 for reservations and more information.

Monday, July 4

Lola is celebrating our independence with an old-fashioned barbecue starting at noon on Monday, July 4. The restaurant will serve happy-hour-priced drinks all day and night, special barbecue and taco menus, $5 Blanco Coins and $2 chicken tacos. There will also be live music starting at noon, and a taco-eating contest at 2 p.m. Visit loladenver.com for all the details.

The West End Tavern
Monday, July 4

Up in Boulder on July 4, the West End Tavern will be firing up its smoker and churning out barbecue specials all day. Of course, a barbecue plate just isn't the same without beer, so the tavern will also be offering $3 PBR Tall Boys and $10 buckets of Workin’ Man Cans. Call the West End at 303-444-3535 for more information.

Keep reading for more events today.

loladenver.com Highland 4th of July Parade & Picnic
Hirshorn Park
Monday, July 4, 8 a.m.

The ninth annual free, kid-centric event invites little ones to bring bicycles, tricycles and scooters to a fun morning of red, white and blue celebration. Along with an Independence Day parade, children can enjoy field-day games, water-balloon fights, a bouncy castle and so much more. To cool things off, a massive ice cream sundae will be built by Little Man Ice Cream for all to enjoy. For more on this early-morning Fourth of July celebration, visit the ice cream shop's website

Stapleton Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast & Parade
Central Park 
Monday, July 4, 9 a.m.

Get a head start on the holiday with a sweet breakfast benefiting the Stapleton Stingrays swim team. Pancakes, sausage and juice will be served up before the neighborhood parade gets started; all are welcome to bring bicycles, tricycles and wagons to take part. Keep the party going with a swim: Park pools open at noon. For more information, visit the Stapleton community website. Suggested donation $3-12. Find out more here.

Aurora Municipal Center
Monday, July 4

Aurora is throwing down for its Fourth of July Spectacular this year. The Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn will feature live music from America's Got Talent finalist Emily West, plenty of food and a fireworks display billed as one of the best in the state. There will also be a car show, a hot-dog eating contest and free tours of the Aurora History Museum. Celebrate July 4 from 4 to 10 p.m.; find more info at visitaurora.com.

Monday, July 4
Littleton's Fourth of July celebration is conveniently centered around three parks: Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone. That means there will be plenty to keep you and your family entertained all day long. During the day, you can play mini-golf, make a splash at Pirate's Cove Water Park, hit the batting cages, get your face painted, jump in the bounce house, and nosh on plates from a variety of food trucks and food vendors. The fireworks display will start just after sundown at Cornerstone Park. The event is free, but bring cash for food and some of the activities. Click here for all the details.  

Park Hill
Monday, July 4

The seventh annual Park Hill Fourth of July Parade will once again march along East 23rd Avenue from Dexter Street to Krameria Street with floats, marching bands, costumed characters, classic cars and more. The parade, which gets marching at 1:30 p.m., will end with a street fair on the 2200 block of Kearney Street, with live music, kids' activities, food and drinks. Check out parkhillparade.org to learn more.

Wheat Ridge Fourth of July Picnic and Parade
Panorama Park
Monday, July 4

Wheat Ridge's Fourth of July festivities focus on pedestrians and cyclists with a red, white and blue parade heading down West 35th Avenue at 10 a.m. Independence Day-inspired decor is all the rage for this people-powered walk, which ends at Panorama Park. That's where field-day games will offer some friendly competition before the community picnic takes over in the afternoon. This is a BYO-spread situation, so be sure to bring blankets and a basket of goodies to enjoy in the sun. For more info, visit the Wheat Ridge Facebook event page. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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