Your Guide to Denver’s July 4th Celebrations

JULY 2ND

Four Mile Historic Park’s Old Fashioned July 4 Celebration – 5PM – 10PM
715 S. Forest St., Denver
Delight in old-fashioned games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks and a beer garden. Bring a blanket and stay to watch the Glendale fireworks show. FREE entry. No pets, outside food or beverages, smoking or flammables.

Glendale Fireworks Show – Starts at Dusk
One of the largest and oldest in Denver. Prime viewing spots at 600 and 650 Cherry Street, along Exposition Dr. (between S. Cherry & Four Mile House), north of Virginia Avenue, south of Cherry Creek Drive and west of Colorado Blvd. Many people gather in and around the parking lots at Whole Foods Colo. Blvd. and CitySet to watch.

JULY 3RD

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks – 6:10PM
Coors Field
The Rockies play the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field at 6:10 p.m., followed by a huge fireworks display. Tickets start at $21.

Littleton Red, White and You Celebration – 5PM – 10PM
Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave.
Food, beer & wine garden, exhibits, bounces houses, FREE concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

JULY 4TH

Arvada Fireworks Display – Opens at 7PM, Fireworks Start at 9PM
The park is at 58th and Oak St.
Arvada’s Independence Day Celebration returns to its roots, focusing on the core of the holiday–fireworks! Gates at the Stengler Sports Complex open to vehicles at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets allowed. You can bring propane grills for cooking.

Aurora 4th of July Spectacular – 6PM – 10PM
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
FREE activities go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music, delicious food and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking permitted at Town Center at Aurora, Community College of Aurora and Aurora City Place. Or take the RTD R-Line to Aurora Metro Station.

Boulder: 4th on Pearl – Special Edition of Bands on the Bricks from Noon – 8PM
Music starts at 1 p.m. ending just in time to catch Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast at Folsom Field. Activities and an extended beer garden on the 1300 Block of Pearl Street and the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn. Parking on the holiday is FREE in City of Boulder Parking Garages.

Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast – Gates Open At 8PM
Twenty-Ninth Street and downtown Boulder.
Gates to the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field open at 8 p.m. for entertainment followed by fireworks. Ride FREE HOP shuttles from downtown and Twenty Ninth Street Mall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. The program starts at 8:30 p.m. with The Mad Hops jump rope team, Boy Scout Color Guard and everyone’s favorite, Ralphie. Fireworks cap off the event at about 9:40 p.m. FREE Hop shuttles to/from.

Broomfield Great American Picnic – Begins at 5PM
Broomfield County Commons Park
Children’s carnival ($8 unlimited play on inflatables, and $3 pony rides), concessions; 5:45 p.m. bike parade (open to all ages); 6 p.m. 17th Avenue All Stars perform; 7:15 p.m. FREE concert by the That Eighties Band, and 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Limited parking available at the Broomfield County Commons. Additional parking will be located at Legacy High School with shuttles provided from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 303-464-5530.

Castle Rock’s Fireworks – Fireworks Show at 9:30PM
No formal event this year, lasting about 15 minutes, shot off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course, (just south of The Meadows on the west side of town). This high-flying show can be seen from almost anywhere in Castle Rock.

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks – 6:10PM
The Rockies play the San Francisco Giants at 6:10 p.m. at Coors Field, followed by a huge fireworks display. Tickets start at $21.

Commerce City 4thFest – 5PM
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Includes obstacle courses, trampoline, ropes course, human foosball, laser tag arena, mechanical bull, live music and more. Largest public fireworks show in Colorado at 9:30 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Parking lots open at 4 p.m. Limited parking so RTD bus and rail system is encouraged. Route 62 bus stop is at the stadium’s front door.

Denver Outlaws Post-Game Fireworks – 7PM
The Outlaws vs. the Boston Cannons at 7 p.m. One of the coolest close-proximity extravaganzas you’ll ever see. Fireworks within the bowl at Mile High Stadium feature pyrotechnics paired with a show on the 220-foot wide Thundervision screen. Tickets start at $20 (including fees).

Englewood 4th of July Festival – From 3PM to 10PM
Belleview & Cornerstone Parks
FREE event (small fee for some activities and attractions) includes face painting, bungee trampoline, bounce castle and live entertainment. Dragondeer performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.Also Pirates Cove, Miniature Train and Petting Farm open at 10 a.m. in Belleview Park. Both parks: Belleview and Cornerstone are located near the intersection of W. Belleview and S. Windermere).

Estes Park Go 4th Festival – Fireworks over Lake Estes at 9:30PM
Includes more than 100 vehicles on display in the “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Complex. (Admission $5, $2.50 for kids.) Estes Village Band gives a FREE concert at 7 p.m. at Performance Park Amphitheater.

Evergreen Music Festival – 10AM to 7:30PM
1520 Evergreen Pkwy., Evergreen
Musical performances throughout the day. Bounce house and kids activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food & drink available for purchase. British Car Shine & Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Burroughs headline from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission: adults $10, teens 13 to 18 $5, kids under 12, active military and veterans are FREE. Parking is $5 at Buchanan Park and Rec Center and FREE at nearby lots.

Fort Collins July 4 Celebration – Begins at 7:30AM
Morning FireKracker 5K and fun run for kids (entry fees apply), 7:30 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. along Mountain Ave. Starting at 4:15 p.m. enjoy an evening of music, food vendors and more at City Park. Fort Collins Symphony plays at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:35 p.m. FREETransfort shuttle service to and from the park starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot.

Georgetown 4th of July – Begins at 11AM
One of the best small town parades around followed by the annual BBQ at City Park. After lunch, stroll through the many independently-owned shops in the historic commercial district located along and near 6th Street. Then, before dusk, head over to Georgetown Lake for a spectacular fireworks display at about 9 p.m.

Golden 4th of July Festival – 11AM to 9:30PM
1300 10th St.
FREE rides and face painting. Union Gray plays from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Food and beer concessions. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks – 6:15PM
4900 Himalaya Rd., Denver.
New Sensations plays FREE concert at 6:15 p.m.; then headliners The Wash Park Band at 7:40 p.m. at Green Valley Golf Club followed by a fireworks display choreographed to popular music. Food and drink available for purchase. Free shuttle service from 10 locations from 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Check here for schedule and details.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration – Starts at 4PM
Highland Heritage Regional Park
Balloon twisters, face painters, games, inflatables, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $1 each. Tickets are needed for rides and games, which cost between 1 – 7 tickets each. No refunds. Tickets may be exchanged for merchandise such as beer, pop, water,  kiddie rides, etc. Tickets are not accepted by food vendors. Shuttles run from Highlands Ranch High School and Rock Canyon High School to and from the park.

Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake – 4PM – 10PM
1600 Caria Dr.
Lafayette parties at the lake from 4 to 10 p.m. with food, beer and wine concessions, face painting, balloon sculpting, bounce house and other kids’ activities (some for a fee). Chris Daniels & The Kings perform. Fireworks at dusk. No shuttle service provided.

Littleton Fourth of July Festival – Starts at 3PM
5150 S. Windermere St.
FREE fun, entertainment and games in Belleview and Cornerstone Parks starting at 3 p.m. Food concessions available. Dragondeer band performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks show launches from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at about 9:30 p.m. No alcohol or personal fireworks (including sparklers) allowed. Please leave pets at home.

Longmont TinkerMill 4th of July Carnival – From 4PM – 10PM
1840 Delaware Place
Fun activities, live entertainment, and the best view of the Longmont fireworks display. Carnival includes “Water Wars” water balloon launchers, trebuchet, dunk tank, food trucks, beer, TinkerMill MakeSale, games and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. (launched from the Boulder County Fairgrounds.) Bring your own chair. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

Louisville Fourth of July Celebration – 6PM to 10PM
FREE family-friendly event at the Coal Creek Golf Course from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Face painting, jumpy castles, games, live music by the Boulder Concert Band and food trucks on site. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. No parking at the golf course so use the free shuttles from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Louisville Recreation Center or Home Depot.

Loveland July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park – Starting at 10AM
FREE activities and displays all day starting at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. Plus enjoy games, train rides and tons of food booths. Loveland Concert Band takes to the Hammond Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:17 p.m. over Lake Loveland.

Niwot’s July 4th Celebration – Begins at 7:30AM
Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Niwot Market ($5 for adults and $3 for kids) for pancakes, sausages, eggs, green chiles, orange juice and coffee. At 9 a.m. concert by Niwot Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. Bicycle decorating starts at 8:30 a.m. and parade beginning at 11 a.m. with vintage cars, color guard, pets, decorated bikes, line dancers and citizens young and old. Parade runs from Cottonwood Square, across Niwot Road, along 2nd Avenue to Murray Street. Firehouse Museum open for tours before and after the parade.

Northglenn 4th of July Family Festival – 7AM to 10PM (All Day Event)
11801 Community Center Dr.
All day event including Pancake Breakfast, Pedals and Paws Patriot Parade, 4-mile run, car show, bounce houses, pedal boats, Duck Derby, bake sale, Beer Garden and concert by Last Men On Earth. Food & community booths open at noon. Fireworks display set to music at 9:30 p.m. over Webster Lake. E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park across from City Hall.

Observatory Park 4th of July Parade – Parade Starts at 10AM
Observatory Park
University Park neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July at Observatory Park. Handmade non-motorized floats parade along Warren Street between Milwaukee and Fillmore starting promptly at 10 a.m. Festivities run until noon. Music by the VFW Band and a fire truck is on hand. Refreshments for sale.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade – Begins at 1:30PM
23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St.
The northeast Denver tradition includes floats, bicycles, costumed characters, classic cars, a marching band and more. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair on the 2200 block of Kearney with food, live music, kids’ activities and more.

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration – 6PM to 10PM
Salisbury Park, 12010 Motsenbocker Rd.
FREE bounce houses, slides, games, inflatables and climbing wall. (Small fee for face painting and tot train.) Mobile zip line is $5 per ride. Food and live music. Six Million Dollar Band performs at 6 p.m. Then fireworks at 9:30 p.m. set to patriotic music. Parking for 2,500 cars available at the park for $10, cash only. No alcohol, tents or canopies. Coolers and picnic items are okay. ATMs on site.

Stapleton Pancake Breakfast & Parade – Start with a Pancake Breakfast at 9AM
Fountain Pavilion in Central Park
Pancake breakfast ($5/adults, $3/children or family 4-pack for $12) at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park, followed by an old-fashioned parade with bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Fountain Pavilion.

Thornton 4th of July – 4PM to 10PM
Carpenter Park Fields, 11000 Colorado Blvd.
Beer garden & food vendors, FREE Thornton Community Band performance at 5:15 p.m., presentation of colors, Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m. Skydivers jump at 9:30 p.m. As soon as parachutists land, the fireworks start. Parking details here.

Westminster 4th of July Celebration – Opens at 4PM
Westminster City Park, 10475 Sheridan Blvd.
Kids Activity Zone and food vendors open at 4 p.m. A FREE concert by FACE starts at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Have fun in the Activity Zone playing on jumping castles, slides and more. Parking is VERY limited. Use the FREE shuttle bus from many locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills. Grills, personal fireworks and glass containers are not allowed at the event.

Finding a Denver Farmers Market Near You [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s your 2018 Guide to Farmer’s Markets in Colorado this summer! Download and print the infographic below.

Saturdays

Denver
Cherry Creek Fresh Market (Map)
1st & University (Cherry Creek Mall)
May 5 – Oct 27 | 8am – 1pm

Golden
Golden Farmers Market (Map)
1019 10th Street
Jun 2 – Oct 6 | 8am – 1pm

Greeley 
Greeley Farmers’ Market (Map)
902 7th Street
May 19 – Oct 27 | 8am – 12pm

Lakewood
Colorado Local Farmers’ Market (Map)
9077 W Alameda Avenue
Jun 16 – Sep 29 | 10am – 2pm

Littleton
Denver Farmers’ Market (Map)
8501 W Bowles
Jun 16 – Sep 29 | 10am – 2pm

Louisville
Louisville Farmers Market (Map)
824 Front Street
May 19 – Oct 13 | 9am – 1pm

Westminster
Westminster Market (Map)
5255 W 98th Avenue
June 4 – September 24 | 9:30am – 1:30pm

Sundays

ARVADA
57th & Olde Wadsworth (Map)
June – Sept | 9am – 1:30pm

COLORADO SPRINGS
Cordera (Map)
11894 Grand Lawn Circle
Jun 3 – Sep 9 | 10am – 3pm

DENVER (HIGHLANDS)
The Farmers’ Market at Highlands Square (Map)
32nd Avenue, Near Lowell & Newton
Jun 3 – Sep 30 | 8am – 12pm

DENVER (CENTRAL)
Sullivan Fountain, across from the Tattered Cover (Map)

E Colfax Avenue & Columbine Street
Jun 3 – Oct 28 | 9am – 1pm

DENVER (STAPLETON)
Stapleton Founder’s Green (Map)

East 29th Avenue & Roslyn Street
Jun 17 – Oct 14 | 8:30am – 12:30pm

DENVER (OLD SOUTH PEARL)
South Pearl Street Farmers Market (Map)

1500 Block of South Pearl Street
May 20 – Nov 18 | 9am – 1pm

HIGHLANDS RANCH
Highlands Ranch Town Center Square (Map)

9288 Dorchester Street
May 6 – Oct 28 | 10am – 12pm

WESTMINSTER
14458 Delaware Street (Map)
Jun 3 – Oct 30 | 9am – 2pm

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Featured Agent || Vanessa McClanahan

Vanessa is a proud Denver native and as a reflection of that, she is passionate about cooking, biking, yoga, gardening and social gatherings. Her passions include the art of calligraphy, make-up artistry and most importantly, family.

What is your birth order and how do you think it affects you?

I’m the oldest of 5 siblings. I think being the oldest has made me more independent and driven to succeed.

If you could hire someone from any profession to come into your home and do their job at no cost to you, what would this person be doing?

I would absolutely have someone come in and organize everything in my closets, my office, and even my garage!

Tell about three hobbies you have enjoyed over your lifetime. Are they still a part of your life today?

Gardening, biking, and yoga. Gardening has taken the wayside due to less free time in my life and in order to nurture a healthy, thriving garden requires more attention than I can give right now. I do love it though and plan on doing it on a smaller scale. I bike- I LOVE the freedom of being outside on 2 wheels getting fresh air around town or in the mountains. Yoga will always be a part of me.

Describe your first car. How long did you keep it?

My first car was a white, hardtop ’91 Jeep Wrangler. I loved it! Too bad I never took it 4 wheeling lol! I had it for 3 years.

What organizations are you involved in outside of work?

Previously I was involved with Denver Urban Gardens. I’ve also been involved with Impact- Sack lunches for the homeless.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I think Angelina Jolie. She can portray the strong female lead that would represent my life. Through perseverance, and trials & tribulations of being a female, single parent, who struggled to do what’s best for her family while discovering herself through love, mistakes, tears, laughs, and success!

 

Find the Perfect Colorado Fishing Spot This Summer

This post first appeared on Colorado.com

With 8,000 miles of rivers and more than 2,000 lakes, Colorado fishing is some of the best, and most abundant, anywhere — not to mention the natural beauty that surrounds it all. Fly-fishers, ice-fishers and pure rod-and-reelers find plenty of places to drop their line in Colorado.

Colorado fishing licenses are available the first of April each year and are good through March 31 of the following year. One-day and five-day passes can also be purchased through Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Region by region, here are a few quick details on where to find good fishing in Colorado.

NORTHWEST REGION:

Trout heaven is right here on earth, and it’s called the Fryingpan River just east of Basalt below Ruedi Reservoir. Be ready to play catch-and-release with some of the best fly-fishers around in these Gold Medal waters. Find a little more elbow room on the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River or at Trappers, Pearl Lake State Park or Steamboat Lake State Park.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION

Named for the late, great Denver Post outdoor writer’s old stomping grounds, Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area is also known as the “dream stream.” The hot spot is located on the South Platte River between Spinney Mountain State Park and Eleven Mile State Park east of Hartsel.

DENVER METRO REGION

The Denver area has a hefty helping of reservoir and lake fishing at places like Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park and Standley Lake, but what’s truly wild about Denver are the streams and rivers that come down from the mountains, which are full of clear water. Try Clear Creek Canyon near Golden or South Boulder Creek near Boulder for starters.

FRONT RANGE REGION

While the trout fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park is so good that it almost hurts, there’s also amazing walleye and smallmouth fishing at Horsetooth Reservoir, Boyd Lake State Park and Carter Lake, all between Denver and Fort Collins.

SOUTHWEST REGION

The high-mountain Blue Lakes north of Telluride are bluer than the Caribbean and full of native cutthroat trout. Also legendary among southwesterners are the Gunnison Gorge, the Taylor River and Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Southeastern Colorado is a fisherman’s best-kept secret. Lake Meredith and John Martin Reservoir near La Junta are two of the favorite places to let the lures spin you into fishing paradise, but this is also where the Arkansas River really picks up steam with thousands of acre-feet of fisherman-friendly water.

NORTHEAST REGION

Things can get a bit dry in northeast Colorado, but that’s a good thing because water storage has reached the level of artform here. This makes Jackson Lake State Park, Prewitt, Empire and Riverside reservoirs near Sterling sure things.