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The Ten Best Denver Food and Drink Events for Independence Day

Put on your star-spangled socks and get ready for the Fourth.
Put on your star-spangled socks and get ready for the Fourth. Brandon Marshall
It's a sad day when our nation's birthday falls on a Wednesday. How are we dedicated citizens supposed to honor our freedoms by drinking too much, stuffing our bellies and shooting off fireworks  — and then still show up to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Thursday? We can't help you with your hangover, but we can provide a list of places to dine and drink throughout the Fourth of July. Here are ten of the best Independence Day events for eats and drinks.

click to enlarge You can get your morning cup of joe with or without bourbon at the Bluegrass. - COURTESY THE BLUEGRASS - OLDE TOWN ARVADA FACEBOOK
You can get your morning cup of joe with or without bourbon at the Bluegrass.
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The Bluegrass
7415 Grandview Street, Arvada
720-338-6683
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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.

click to enlarge Start at Avery with a run; finish with a beer. - AVERY BREWING
Start at Avery with a run; finish with a beer.
Avery Brewing
Avery Brewing Company
4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder
303-440-4324
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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.

click to enlarge Size is patriotic the Highland Fourth of July parade and picnic. Go yuuuuuge. - COURTESY HIGHLAND 4TH OF JULY PARADE (ANNUAL EVENT) FACEBOOK
Size is patriotic the Highland Fourth of July parade and picnic. Go yuuuuuge.
Courtesy Highland 4th of July Parade (annual event) Facebook
Highland Fourth of July Parade and Picnic
Hirshorn Park
16th and Erie streets
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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.

click to enlarge Did someone say beer? - MILES CHRISINGER
Did someone say beer?
Miles Chrisinger
Declaration Brewing Company
2030 South Cherokee Street
303-955-7410
declarationbrewing.com
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.


Acreage's view is even better without snow. - COURTESY ACREAGE FACEBOOK
Acreage's view is even better without snow.
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Acreage
1380 Horizon Avenue, Lafayette
720-443-3007
acreageco.com
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.

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