Pancakes, parades and picnics — Oh, my!

A quick guide to Fourth of July events across Denver


July 2

Four Mile Historic Park Independence Celebration

The event will start at 5 p.m. at the park, 715 S. Forest St., on July 2, and has viewing spots of the Glendale fireworks show. The park will have food trucks and beer vendors as well as games and historic demonstrations.

July 3

Independence Day Eve

On July 3 starting at 8 p.m. there will be a free concert-and-light show followed by fireworks at Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave. The event will feature patriotic songs performed by Chris Daniels and the Kings, as well as the Colorado National Guard’s 101st Army Band.

The light show will play on the city and county building, synchronizing with the music and fireworks. The event is produced annually by the Civic Center Conservancy nonprofit organization.

Stars and Stripes Express Fest at Union Station

Starting at 1 p.m. on July 3 there will be free live music on the Terminal Bar’s Patio, at 1701 Wynkoop St. The three bands in the lineup will play popular songs through the decades starting with the `60s. The Denver Dolls will perform in the Great Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coors Field

The Colorado Rockies will play the San Francisco Giants from July 2-4. Both of the games on the 3rd and the 4th will have firework shows. Both games are scheduled at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks begin after the game is finished at 2001 Blake St.

July 4

Liberty 4 Mile Run at Washington Park

Registration on the day of the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race will be held at 1000 S. Downing St. Participants can walk or run the four miles. There will be awards for the best patriotic outfit. At 10 a.m. there will be a free fun run for children 8 and under. The race is supporting the Denver Fire Department Foundation.

Highland Parade and Picnic

Kids are invited to decorate their bikes for the parade at 8 a.m. at 32nd Avenue and Clay Street. The parade will follow 32nd Avenue to Tejon Street starting at 9:30. After the parade there will be performances at Hishorn Park, 3000 Tejon St., including Ballet Folklorico from Aurora and Kicked to the Curb. There will also be a potluck picnic. At 11:30, Little Man Ice Cream will make a 200-foot long ice cream sundae.

Wellshire East Parade and Picnic

The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. at South Magnolia Street and East Eastman Avenue. The parade ends at Hutchinson Park, 7201 E. Eastman Ave., where there will be games and a picnic.

Stapleton Pancake Breakfast and Parade

The breakfast will be held at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. Pancakes are a suggested donation of $5 per adult, or $3 per child. A family four pack of two adults and two children is available for $12. Donations go to the Stapleton Stingrays Swim Team. The parade will start at 10:30.

University Park Parade

The University Park Community Council is hosting a Fourth of July Parade and Celebration at Observatory Park, 2100 S. Fillmore St. The parade will start at 10 a.m., and will be at East Warren Avenue between South Milwaukee and South Fillmore streets. Parade floats are required to be non-motorized. Children’s parades are separated by age group.

Park Hill Parade

Park Hill’s ninth annual parade will start at 1:30 p.m. at 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street. The parade follows a one-mile route on 23rd to Krameria Street. A street fair will be held on the 2200 block of Kearney Street after the parade.

Mile High Stadium

Denver’s outdoor lacrosse team the Outlaws will face off against the Boston Cannons on July 4. A fireworks show at Mile High Stadium will follow the game. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m at 1701 Bryant St.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Before the game, Commerce City holds the 4thFest Community Festival for free. The festival includes games, food and karaoke. The Colorado Rapids play the Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way in Commerce City. The fireworks show will happen after the game, and country music artist Lucas Hoge will perform after the show.

Elitch Gardens

The amusement park will light fireworks on July 4 after closing time. Elitch Gardens closes at 10 p.m. The park is located at 2000 Elitch Circle.


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