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14 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in the Denver Area

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4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 6-10 p.m. // Free

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Celebrate with live music, jumpy castles, games, face painting and more. No parking at the golf course, free shuttle from the Louisville Recreation Center. Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 W. Dillon Rd., Louisville. 303-335-4581. louisvilleco.gov

4th of July Spectacular

July 4, 6-10 p.m. // Free

Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show that lights up the area skyline. Enjoy live music, food and fireworks on the Great Lawn. Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. 303-739-7160. auroragov.org/events

Colorado Rapids 4th Fest

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July 4, 5 p.m. outdoor festival, 7 p.m. game start.

$39-$75 for Rapids game and fireworks

Participate in a free pre-game Family Activity Zone with interactive activities and entertainment for kids of all ages and a beer garden and music for adults. After the activities, root for the Colorado Rapids as they play the Portland Timbers; then stay for fireworks after the game. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. coloradorapids.com/content/colorado-rapids-21st-annual-4thfest

Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July

July 4, 7:30 p.m. // Tickets starting at $18.50-$36.75

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Celebrate The Stars and Stripes with favorite contemporary and patriotic scores, plus a fireworks show. Music includes the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the “Overture of 1812,” “God Bless America” and other favorites from stage and screen. Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre, 6350 S. Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village. fiddlersgreenamp.com

Denver Outlaws Fireworks

July 4, 6:30 p.m. // $26 and up

Cheer on the Denver Outlaws lacrosse team as they battle the Florida Launch. Stay after the game to marvel at fireworks paired with visuals on a 220-foot-wide, high-definition screen. Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver. denveroutlaws.com

Four Mile Historic Park Independence Celebration

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July 1, 5-10 p.m. // Free

Enjoy old-time games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Additional fees for food, refreshments and some activities. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver. 720-865-0800. fourmilepark.org

Great American Picnic

July 4, 5:30 p.m. // Free

Enjoy a bike parade, petting zoo, music from Wash Park on the main stage and more. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food. Fireworks will follow the concerts. Additional fees for some activities. Free shuttle available from Legacy High School. Broomfield County Commons Park, 13201 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. 303-464-5530. broomfield.org

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Independence Eve

July 3, 8 p.m. // Free

Experience live music, a light show and fireworks display. Bring a picnic and grab some lawn space. The concert will feature patriotic and contemporary favorites played by Chris Daniels and the Kings and the 101st Army Band from Buckley Air Force Base. Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax & Broadway, Denver. civiccenterconservancy.org

Keystone’s Independence Day Celebration

July 3, noon-9:30 p.m.

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Take part in an outdoor barbeque, a stand up paddleboard (SUP) obstacle course race on Keystone Lake, a petting zoo, pony rides, tie-dye T-shirt making, balloon animals and more. The day culminates in a fireworks show. Lakeside Village, Keystone. keystoneresort.com

Lafayette 4th of July

July 4, 4-10 p.m. // Free

Celebrate Independence Day with music from the Chris Daniels Band, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting and more. Additional fees may apply for some kids” activities. Fireworks show at dusk. Free shuttle service from Flatirons Community Church. Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Dr., Lafayette. 303-666-9555. lafayettecolorado.com

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

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July 4, 1:30 p.m. // Free

Be part of Denver’s largest Independence Day parade, including marching bands, floats, classic cars and costumed characters, held in one of Denver’s oldest, most historic and diverse neighborhoods. Stay after the parade for the Kearney Street Fair, with food, music and kids games. Greater Park Hill, 2300 Dexter St., Denver. parkhillparade.org

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

July 4, 8 p.m. // Free

See Boulder’s largest fireworks display, along with CU’s mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo, the Mad Hops jump rope team, music from The Mighty Twisters and a Boy Scout Color Guard. Fireworks at 9:40pm.

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Folsom Field, University of Colorado Campus, Boulder. 303-541-1928. boulder4thofjuly.com

Red, White & You

July 1, 5-10 p.m. // Free

Enjoy free entertainment, food, a beer/wine garden, fireworks display and a concert, featuring Nacho Men and fireworks. Additional fee for food, drinks and some activities. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. 303-409-2612. ifoothills.org/rwy

Star Spangled Splash

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July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy live music, 5K or 10K run, sand volleyball and water activities for the whole family. Visit the website for latest pricing and activity schedule. Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder. boulderrez.org

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