From the best seats at Coors Field to Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Find out what to see in the Mile High City on Independence Day
Fireworks at Coors Field
The most popular fireworks show in Denver happens at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, but the best seats on the field might not be as difficult to find as you might think. Although tickets to the July 4th game usually sell out months before the game date, there are a few choice sections where fans can get a great view from their seat or from the field. Guests with tickets from the Rockpile through the Left Field Pavilion will all be escorted down to the Coors Field grass to watch the fireworks show (Sections 148 through 160 plus the Rockpile). As one might expect, these tickets sell out the quickest and will demand the highest prices if purchased on the secondary market. Tickets in Sections 148, 149, and 150 do not sell out quite as fast because the tickets are more expensive and because many people do not know that these sections also enter the field for the fireworks show.
If you cannot get tickets to enter the field during the fireworks show, the best seats are generally along the first base line. Seats in these sections will get you a full "front-row" seat where you do not have to strain your neck to take in the show. Most seats in the entire upper deck are ideal for fireworks viewing because your eyelevel is close to the height of the fireworks.
Note on the 2012 Rockies fireworks show: The Rockies do not have a homegame on July 4th for the first time in many years. Because of this, the Rockies will host their traditional fireworks show on June 29th and 30th.
Other Denver Sports Fireworks Shows
The Colorado Rapids soccer team and Denver Outlaws outdoor lacrosse team also host very popular fireworks displays on July 4th. The Rapids play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Complex in Commerce City, and the Outlaws play at Mile High Stadium, which is also the home of the Denver Broncos football team. Tickets to these events are cheaper and easier to obtain than tickets to the Rockies fireworks games.
Independence Day Parades in Colorado
Across the Front Range, many towns have 4th of July parades and festivals to celebrate our country’s independence. The city of Denver does not have a parade, but many of the surrounding suburbs, including Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree, have local celebrations. Small towns throughout Colorado also offer a genuine slice of hometown Americana in their Independence Day revelries.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
For over 20 years, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival has entertained Denver residents over the July 4th weekend. This festival features a large, but selective group of artists peddling their wares to attendees. These artists come from around the country and include painters, sculptors, glassmakers, photographers, and many more.
The food selection at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival makes your Independence Day barbecue look like a weenie roast. Turkey legs, burritos, gyros, smoothies, cotton candy, pizza. Just about everything worth eating is available at the festival, and in the past, a wine tasting booth is available to those of age.
Thankfully for parents, festival organizers have an entire street dedicated to children’s activities. Kids can paint a children’s mural and can chalk up the street. There is even an entire tent with arts and crafts, free to all participants. This is a great way to get your kids out of the sun while it also gives parents a few moments to sit down and relax.
No festival would be complete without a full itinerary of music, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival does not disappoint, as three stages lay host to varied local and national music and performing groups. Performances generally start in the late morning and continue throughout the day.
July 4th Fun Runs in Colorado
Check local schedules to find a 5k race before ingesting too many calories at your BBQ. The City of Lone Tree usually organizes a 5k-race open to all participants.
Denver July 4th Concerts
For many years, the popular rock band Blues Traveler has performed a July 4th concert at Red Rocks. Whether you are seeing Blues Traveler or not, enjoying a concert at the foot of Colorado’s mountains is a perfect way to celebrate the 4th. Be sure to check local schedules to confirm dates and times of any concerts.
Where else to see fireworks
Most towns across the Front Range have some sort of fireworks display on or around July 4th. Before the show, be sure to know where the fireworks are being shot off so you can scope out a perfect viewing spot.
Read these other essential articles to help plan your long holiday weekend in Colorado:
- Plan your Colorado Vacation
- Vacation in Denver
- Colorado National Parks
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park