Complete guide to July 4th in Denver 2017 — YouTube

It's almost time to paint the Mile High City red, white and blue.

This year, July 4th is on a Tuesday, which might seem like a downer, but that just means Independence Day will becomes Independence Weekend and Denver has plenty planned to make it a weekend to remember. Check out these handy guides to learn where the best firework shows are, family friendly events to hit up and tons more free stuff to do in the city. 

Where to watch fireworks: July 4th would be incomplete without the explosive beauty of a good fireworks show. Thankfully for those in Denver — and its surrounding cities — there are tons of great shows to check out. Make sure you pick the perfect firework show for you in this guide and always remember to arrive early to get the best seat in the house. 

Family friendly events: For those looking to break out of the backyard and get away from the normal hot dog routine, check out some of the great and family friendly events happening throughout Denver for the weekend. 

Free events: A lot more goes into Independence Day than the fireworks. Make sure your day is full of tons of fun with all sorts of free events going on throughout Denver on July 4th and throughout the weekend before the explosive day of fun.