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Independence Day has quickly arrived; do you know what you’ve got planned yet?  Here is a comprehensive list of great events to celebrate the holiday.

 

Colorado Rapids Game and Fireworks

One of the best attributes of Colorado is all the professional sports teams that reside in this great state.  A study shows that Denver’s ratio of residents-to-professional sports teams is the most skewed of all cities suggesting that it should just have two of the four major American sports based on this data.  Not only does Denver have representation in all four of the major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) but it also hosts many smaller professional sports teams.  Soccer is rapidly growing (see what we did there?) in America and the 2010 MLS champs play in one of the most beautiful venues in Colorado at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.  Unlike most stadiums in Denver, Dick’s is not in walking distance, but the new light rail to DIA has a stop in Stapleton/Northfield where you can grab a cheap Lyft the rest of the way.  Or take bus #88 which will drop you off about one mile from the stadium entrance.  Entry to the game against Houston starts at $32.

To learn more about the Rapids game click Futbol

Denver Outlaws Game and Fireworks

Another growing sport is lacrosse and sharing the same stadium as the 2016 World Champion Denver Broncos is the Denver Outlaws.  While access to stadium seats at a Broncos game will cost you a minimum of $80 and will have you in the nosebleeds, the Outlaws allow for better views at lower prices.  Tickets start at $20 per person but those are on the third level (which is actually kind of cool for watching fireworks) but if you’d prefer to be on the lower level it’ll only cost you six dollars more per person.  You can also consider the Xcel Family Four Pack which gets you four tickets at $21 each on the lower level, four hotdogs, and four beers for a fun double date.

To learn more about the Outlaws game click Mile High Fourth

Colorado Rockies Game and Fireworks

The classic Fourth-in-Denver experience is, of course, watching the Colorado Rockies continue their solid winning season (short of an unfortunate losing streak over the last two weeks) followed by a world-class firework show.  These games are often sold out but you can still get lowers at $55/person.  Most years, people in the south stands get the opportunity to watch the fireworks on the field which is a cool experience so keep your eyes peeled for tickets in that area.  Just watch out for the mascot Dinger who, besides being boring in mascot standards, will often spin his head on his shoulders, Exorcist-style, which is more concerning than it is comical.

To learn more about the Rockies game click Dinger is a Terrible Mascot

Neon Jeeps in Ouray

Looking to get out of town for a last-minute venture?  You can’t go wrong with the romantic town known as Little Switzerland: Ouray, Colorado.  There are short hikes to huge waterfalls, adorable architecture, an active main street, and hot springs-a-plenty.  Those are all great reasons to visit Ouray anytime, however, if you go for the Fourth you’ll also be treated to a parade in the morning, and the annual Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights which pits two teams of two head-to-head with firehose in hand and freezing water attacking their competitors and, consequently, onlookers.  At dusk on Tuesday will be the Jeep Glow Parade which is a caravan of illuminated jeeps driving down the steep and picturesque mountain road of Highway 550 as observers watch the winding snake of glowing cars make their way down to main street.  After that the fireworks will take place.

To learn more about Fourth in Ouray click Colorado Alps

Scaring Elk in Estes Park

Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park is the vibrant city of Estes Park.  Plan to hit up the national park while in town, shop on main street, and keep your eye out for local elk who graze in town regularly.  The elk will probably be a bit confused at sundown on the Fourth when the city launches fireworks over the beautiful Lake Estes Park for an idyllic viewing opportunity.

To learn more about scaring elk in Estes Park click No, That’s Not a Deer

   
Fort Collins Fireworks

Not quite in the mountains but a worthwhile celebration to attend is the Fort Collins Fourth of July festival at City Park.  Throughout the day picnics, boating, and outdoor sports will be underway at City Park in Fort Collins leading up to notably one of the best fireworks shows in the state.  We may be slightly bias, however, as two of the Spur Experiences team members have assisted in setting and lighting fuses at this particular show.  While up north, consider a detour through the Colorado State University where the brand new (nearly complete) football stadium has been built.  Local Coloradans will note that this is a long overdue step for CSU to take towards NCAAF legitimacy.  Oh, and the stadium, which houses classrooms, commuter showers, and other multi-function purposes is gorgeous.

To learn more about the FoCo Fireworks click Ramtastic

Free Denver Area Fireworks

Now that we’ve highlighted firework activities that cost money (the professional sports games), as well as a few options to get out of town for, let’s take a look at some free Denver area firework shows:
Civic Center Independence Eve – this is on the 3rd and will have live music and vendors.
Arvada Independence Day – the huge Lutz Fields hosts this show, stop by trendy Olde Town Arvada prior for drinks and food.
Westminster Fireworks – outside the Westminster Recreation Center there will be tons of activities leading up to a fireworks show.
Highlands Ranch Celebration – face painters, balloon artists, and other performers at this suburban festival.

Celebrate our independence from the tyrannical red coat wearing Brits (nah, water under the bridge by now) at one of these fantastic event options this year.