7415 Grandview Street, Arvada
Being an American doesn't have anything to do with you color, creed or birthplace. It doesn't matter what language you speak. What unites us all as a nation in 2018 is our love of brunch; it's practically enshrined in the Constitution at this point. So who's going to pass up brunch on a weekday? Not the Bluegrass, which is serving its full brunch menu (it pays homage to the many immigrants who made America great in the form of breakfast pizza, burritos and French toast) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloodys. Start the holiday off right (i.e., tipsy), then get out there and light some illegal fireworks.
Avery Brewing Company
4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder
If you're truly committed to the celebrating the birth of a nation (even though it falls on a Wednesday, damn that five-day work week), you need to work hard. And there's nothing that's more challenging (to your legs, if not your liver) than Avery's "4 on the 4th" 4K race that starts at 9 a.m. and ends with breakfast and beer at the brewery. Age-group winners — over 21, of course — will receive a case of brews, with overall winners getting their weight in Avery beer. That's an opportunity worth racing for; register ($40) at active.com.
16th and Erie streets
This Fourth of July, consider the eternal question: Does size really matter? The answer — definitively — is yes, especially when it comes to hot dogs and ice cream sundaes. But before the big guns come out, engage in some holiday foreplay with Highland's annual bike parade, which steps off from West 32nd Avenue and Clay Street at 9:30 a.m., before wending its way down Tejon Street to Hirshorn Park, where free hot dogs will be handed out and Little Man Ice Cream will be creating a 200-foot long sundae — which will definitely have you appreciating its immensity.
Declaration Brewing Company
2030 South Cherokee Street
One of the best brewery patios in town — boasting ample seating, plush couches, games galore and legal access for your furry friends — is celebrating the day with one of the best meals known to man: whole roast pig. This little piggy will be prepared kalua style and served with sticky rice, kale salad, coconut sweet potatoes and a pint of beer, all for just $20. Still hungry? There's a pie-eating contest at 4 p.m., and live music to lull you into a food coma starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and admission to this "brew-luau" is free.
1380 Horizon Avenue, Lafayette
Boulder County's best vista for fireworks this summer is a farmhouse on a hill. Acreage, the cidery and restaurant opened by Stem Ciders earlier this year, is a delightful contradiction: Its community seating is comfortable and relaxed; its beer garden is a wraparound patio that serves up uninterrupted views of the surrounding land and foothills; it's a counter-service joint with sit-down prices. But somehow it all works, which makes it a clear choice to watch northern firework displays. Bluegrass purveyors the Lonesome Days will be taking the stage at 5 p.m., but doors open at noon, so show up early and settle in with a cider or three.