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.

Where to get a Free Donut Friday on National Donut Day

This article was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com.

Celebrate one of the “holiest” days of the year on Friday, June 1 with a sweet freebie. That’s when donut lovers rejoice because it’s National Donut Day. To honor the day, stop at one of the following shops for a delicious treat. No “dough” necessary at three places. Limit one per person at participating locations, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Enjoy a free Classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage. The chain has more than a dozen locations in Colorado.

Fractured Prune

Get a free OC Sand Doughnut — no purchase necessary. There is only one location in Colorado — 9696 E. Arapahoe Rd. in Greenwood Village.

Glazed and Confuzed

Aurora’s Glazed and Confused (2501 Dallas St.) does not have a donut deal, but says to arrive early for National Donut Day as they will sell out of donuts Friday. There will be free cold brew and Soham Kombucha will be selling and sampling their kombucha.

Krispy Kreme

Bite into a free donut of your choice — no purchase necessary. The shop has three locations in Colorado – Denver (303 16th St.), Lone Tree (7514 E. Parkway Dr.) and Thornton (1051 E. 120th Ave.)

LaMar’s Donuts

Get a free donut (any variety with a hole in it) — no purchase necessary. The Denver-based chain has nine locations in Colorado. Print or show this coupon.

Papa John’s

Get free order of its new donut holes (10-ct.) with any online pizza purchase on June 1. (Starting June 2, use promo code DONUT for a free order with any purchase of two pizzas.)

Safeway

Get a free glazed donut from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The grocery store has multiple locations throughout the state.

Walmart

Get a free glazed donut — give away should be near bakery department. The giant chain expects to hand out 1.2 million donuts on a sweet day.

For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.

Earth Day Tips & Tricks! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Creating an eco-friendly home can start small, with just a few easy changes to your house, decor or lifestyle throughout the year. As you save money, you can move into bigger changes to save even more. Below you will find a few ways to save the planet and save your wallet! (click to expand)

LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES

  • Bulbs: Replace incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs). You can save 66% more energy and 400lbs of greenhouse gas emissions if you trade in 1 incandescent light bulb for 1 CFL bulb.
  • Open the Blinds: 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you open the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in.
  • Rugs: Using rugs on wooden floors can save 4% – 6% on energy bills.
  • Extension leads: By using multi-socket extension leads and turning it off when not in use, you can reduce you home’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
  • Grow Houseplants: Be literally green and improve the air quality in your bedroom. Snake plants give out oxygen at night (perfect for a bedroom or bathroom) and golden pathos can filter air and stay green when kept in darker spots of the home (with low to moderate watering).
  • Sleep on organic sheets: Cotton linens account for 25% of the world’s insecticide use. Switch to organic cotton or sustainable bamboo instead.
  • Wool, not Polyester: If you have a choice between wool and polyester blankets, go for wool – it’s more eco-friendly to produce.

Continue reading Earth Day Tips & Tricks! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Denver’s Best Craft Beers for National Beer Day

April 7th is National Beer Day! Denver is home to over 100 brewpubs, taprooms, and craft breweries so it choosing a beer can be overwhelming! Here are 7 of Denver’s best brews you can taste test today!

1. Roswell 

Where to find it: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
1290 S. Broadway A51, Denver, CO 80210

Roswell is a lambic-style sour beer that was spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged over the course of about nine months; it was then re-fermented in five batches with five different kinds of fruit: apricot, blackberry, cranberry, guava and raspberry. And each one was like a burst of that fruit times ten, with aromas to match and magical simplicity that belied the complexity with which they were concocted

2. Public Red Ale 

Where to find it: Blackshirt Brewing Co
3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205

Our flagship beer – hoppy, dry, and complex with aromas of juniper, lemon and fresh cut wildflowers.

3. Rosemary Sourdough Saison

Where to find it: Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
393 N. Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403

An ale inspired by the perfect loaf of bread. This loose interpretation of the Saison style is brewed with fresh organic Rosemary and features a subtle tartness from the contribution of acidulated malt. The result is a dry, refreshing ale with a delicate yet distinct aroma of fresh Rosemary.

4. Legal Wheat

Comrade Brewing Co.
7667 E Iliff Avenue Ste. F, Denver, CO 80231

Legal Wheat is an unfiltered American wheat ale featuring a citrusy flavor from Lemondrop and Citra hops with a distinct cloudy golden color. Smooth, refreshing and light bodied

 

6. Coffee Coconut Stout

WeldWerks Brewing Company
508 8th Ave., Greeley

A creamy and unique beer that is worth the drive to Greeley. This is what you want when you are looking for a coffee stout with a tropical kick. It is a toasted coconut and coffee explosion that will leave you wanting more.

7. Rare Trait

Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe St., Denver
An explosion of mango, pineapple and something a bit sweeter in tangerine. Hazy IPAs such as this are often filled with hops, but this one doesn’t overpower with its bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. It is the perfect beer for someone interested in trying this style for the first time.

Denver’s Best Desserts for National Caramel Day

April 5th is National Caramel Day, and we’ll help you celebrate! Here are the best caramel desserts in Denver and where to find them!

Vegan caramel carrot cake ice cream

This flavor features vegan vanilla ice cream with chunks of the world’s best carrot cake and swirled with caramel

Where to find it:  Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203

Creme Brulee

D Bar is known for its desserts, including its creme brulee. A vanilla custard is accentuated with almond orange caramel biscotti. Served with fresh berries, this dish is rich and sweet

Where to find it: D Bar Denver
494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO

Caramel Turtle Cupcakes

Where to find it: Milk & Cake Yogurt & Cupcakes
6345 East Hampden Avenue
Suite 103, Denver, Colorado 80222

Mexican Fried Ice Cream with Frozen Caramel Powder

Where to find it: The Inventing Room Dessert Shop
4433 W. 29th Avenue, Unit 101
Denver, CO 80212

Hope your celebration is sweet!

#MadisonGivesBack – 2017 Holiday Season

In the spirit of giving, Madison & Company Properties has selected two charities – one local and one global—to donate to this holiday season.

BAGS OF FUN  (nominated by Larina McClain)

logo-353Their Story: Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.

It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own “bag of fun“, so the charity was founded in her name.

The Bags of Fun program is a journey that began when Gabby’s mother needed to help her focus on the joy of being a little girl and playing with My Little Pony dolls instead of needle pokes. This journey has grown into a movement to harness the power of play to instigate happiness when the thought of sickness and dying is at the forefront of families’ hearts and heads.

How you can donate: Bags of Fun prefers monetary donations accepted through their website. They do understand that some people like to purchase gifts, so they’ve provided an approved list of the exact items needed.

HELLO GHANA (nominated by Allison Sliwinski)

static1.squarespaceTheir Story: Hello Ghana believes in giving sustainable opportunity rather than simple charity–this is achieved through their apprenticeship program. Their program pairs a Good Shepherd child between the ages of 13-18 with a local business owner in Ofaakor, Ghana. They currently are partnered with 7 different Ghanaian businesses ranging from welding and carpentry to beauty and hair care. They allow each child to choose which realm of work they would like to study, then actively pair them with the business in question.

During their apprenticeship, students will not only learn responsibility in time and financial management, but also marketable skills which often result in paid jobs.

The average cost to put one child through our apprenticeship program is $2,000 USD. To see how they are budgeting and their financial needs for apprenticeships for 2017/2018, check out their finances here and donate:

 

 

How you can donate: Monetary donations are most appreciated on their website.