Best places to watch 4th of July fireworks in Denver

Denver will celebrate the 4th of July in grand style this year with parades, picnics, concerts, sporting events, and fantastic firework displays across the metropolitan area. This is a welcome change from 2013 when over 40 shows were cancelled due to extensive dry conditions across the state. The cancelations came soon after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history, the Black Forest Fire, which was not fully contained until June 20.

All scheduled fireworks are expected to go on as planned this year, so here's our picks for the best shows downtown and around the metro, based on the explosive displays presented in previous years.

DOWNTOWN DENVER

Civic Center Park
E. Broadway and Colfax
July 3, 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Start the holiday weekend early with the annual Independence Eve celebration, presented by Anadarko. The fireworks will be preceded by a patriotic concert, and as always, lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s highly recommended attendees get to the park at least two hours in advance of the show, but this year also brings an opportunity to buy tickets for special reserved seating.

Coors Field
Blake Street
July 3 and July 4, after each game
Admission: Tickets to the game

The Colorado Rockies are taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers for four home games, and on two nights the Rockies will host one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the area. Both games begin at 6:10pm.

Elitch Gardens
Elitch Circle
July 4, at dusk
Admission: Tickets to the theme or water park

Celebrate the Fourth by taking the family out to Elitch for the day, then sit back and watch the fireworks from anywhere on the park's property.

Sports Authority Field
Bryant Street
July 4, following the match
Admission: Tickets to the game

A local tradition, the Mile High Fourth of July, presented by Miller Lite, will follow the Denver Outlaws lacrosse game against the Boston Cannons. The match begins at 7:00 p.m.

BEST METRO FIREWORKS

Arvada
July 4, around 9:00 p.m.
58th Avenue and Oak Street
Admission: Free

The entertainment kicks off around 4:00 p.m. and includes music, food for purchase and a large fireworks display. There will also be a program focused on special needs people, “It’s All About Me,” featuring information, activities, and toys and games.

Aurora
July 4, around 9:00 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, Alameda Parkway
Admission: Free

Aurora’s Municipal Center lawn opens up at 6:00 p.m. to feature live music, food for purchase, and one of the best fireworks displays in the state.

Highlands Ranch
July 4, 9:15 p.m.
Town Center North and South
Admission: Free

The community events kick-off at 8:00 a.m. and include a 5K run, a bike and pet parade, pet adoptions, food, music, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Thornton
July 4, 9:30 p.m.
Carpenter Park Multipurpose Fields, 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard
Admission: Free

This year’s fireworks show will open a patriotic parachute jump by Mile Hi Skydiving at 9:30 p.m. Events kick off at 4 p.m. and include beer gardens, food vendors, and a variety of musical performers.

Westminster
July 4, 9:15 p.m.
City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd.
Admission: Free

Kicking off with a patriotic bike parade at 3:00 p.m., there will be plenty of activities for kids, food vendors, a car show, concert, and fireworks that start at 9:15 p.m.

For more information about fireworks and July 4th activities happening near you, we recommend checking your town’s web page for more information.

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