Last year’s Independence Day celebrations were hard to come by, but this year many are back in full swing. From quintessential American activities, like picnics in the park, to alternative events like vaudeville-style musical performances, Boulder County has something for everyone. Here’s what we’re getting into this 4th of July weekend.
Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
When: 6/30 – 7/4
Where: Stazio Complex
For more than two decades, this 4th of July weekend softball tournament has captured the hearts of sports fans throughout our active community. Over 80 girls’ softball teams come out to compete at four locations around Boulder County and our city is fortunate to host one of the events. Anytime throughout the five-day tournament, swing by Stazio Complex, grab refreshments, and take in competitive girls’ softball.
Dairy at the Bandshell
When: 7/2, 7:00 pm
Where: Glen Huntington Bandshell
Chris Daniels and the Kings take over the Glen Huntington Bandshell for the 4th of July weekend. This Dairy Arts Center-hosted event takes place each weekend and makes use of an awesome amphitheater right in the heart of downtown Boulder. As the former backup band for Garth Brooks, this collection of talented musicians will certainly deliver some toe-tapping tunes to kick your 4th of July weekend off right. Bring a lawn chair or reserve an amphitheater seat to catch this performance.
Family Concert: The Story of Babar
When: 7/3, 11:00 am
Where: Chautauqua Auditorium
It certainly is a joy to experience live music again, especially when presented by the vaudeville-inspired performance group, Really Inventive Stuff. This creative crew will employ humor, audience interaction, and engaging props to tell the story of Babar. Storytellers and musicians will lead guests through this little elephant’s rags to riches story in a new and inspired way. Virtual and in-person registration is available so that all may attend.
Picnic at Boulder Reservoir
When: 7/4, sunrise to sunset
Where: Boulder Reservoir
While not an official event, Boulder locals love to gather at this scenic reservoir every Independence Day. No alcohol is allowed on the 4th of July at the reservoir, however, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Bring your paddle board, kayak, kite, and lawn games to take full advantage of the warm Colorado weather. Take a dip in the designated swim area, hike around the lake, or kick back with friends. There’s no shortage of fun to be had at this glorious swimming hole.
When: 7/4, 9:45 pm
Where: local viewing locations
Traditionally, this firework display is viewed from Coal Creek Golf Course. However, in an effort to maintain social distance, the city of Louisville is encouraging people to watch from their own vantage points – at home, from a hiking trail, or from one of these designated locations around town. One benefit is that spectators don’t have to fight the crowds or traffic and can pack dessert, beverages, snacks, and more while taking in a stellar display from the comfort of their vehicle or lawn chair.
Boulder County boasts plenty of fun festivities to celebrate America’s independence. Pack a picnic, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy the great outdoors this 4th of July.