Folks in our town regularly gather together for festivals, concerts, and holidays. The Fourth of July is no exception. In search of plans to celebrate the year’s biggest birthday party? Look no further than the events put on by Boulder and its sister towns.
Kick off the festivities at 10am with the 120th birthday celebration of Chautauqua, and then head over to Pearl Street for music, food, and more! The beer garden opens at noon on Pearl Street, and Many Mountains starts serenading the crowd at 1pm. At three, Sonic Arcade takes the stage to rock until The Hazel Miller Band headlines from 6-8pm. There will be activities for everyone, from chalk drawing to dancing. The Hazel Miller Band wraps up just in time for you to head over to Folsom Field for the next event on our list.
After spending your afternoon and evening wandering around Pearl Street, make your way to Folsom Field for some more fun and fireworks. This free event features music from School of Rock Boulder, Funkiphino, Jeff & Paige, Pearl Street Jive, and Beat Frequency. The whole family will love the variety of music and the sing-along before the fireworks start around 9:30pm. Be sure to get there early to snag your seats.
At 11:30am in Thompson Park, bring a picnic and lawn games to enjoy while listening to American classical music. The performance starts with the Longmont Youth Symphony, followed by the Longmont Chorale. Then, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra will dazzle you with its performance of the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons! Those of you who do bring picnics, know that you’re automatically entered for the chance to win a prize for the best spread!
Wake up early with the little ones and head just east of Boulder for Superior’s 4th of July Celebration. Dig in to pancakes at 7am and take in the parade while enjoying breakfast. The free event also features vendors, carnival games, live music, and more.
If you prefer the fireworks in Longmont, head to the TinkerMill carnival for a way to watch them without the crowds. This carnival offers attendees a tour of the Rocky Mountain’s largest makerspace. Along with food trucks, beer, a trebuchet, games, vendors, and live music, check out what the 600 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs of TinkerMill have been working on.
Head just south of Boulder for this “old-fashioned” celebration. Think pony-rides, cotton candy, face-painting, beer gardens, and more. If you’re looking for something a little bit more quaint, this Independence Day celebration is the one for you. Chris Daniels and the Kings will keep you dancing all afternoon, while you enjoy classic fair eats like pizza, fried cheese, and pretzels. Wakena Lake Fourth of July begins at 2pm and admission is free.
Whether it’s taking in a classical concert, dancing to local musicians, or browsing through the vendors of a makerspace, you’re sure to have a blast this Independence Day. If you can’t make any of these events, keep reading for a list of fireworks displays happening around the Front Range. Don’t forget to post pictures of your 4th of July to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the tag #MyBoulderSummer for your chance to win our no-entry giveaways all summer long!