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Denver Weekend Rundown: 4th of July 2014 Edition

As always, there’s plenty of 4th of July fun to be had here in town! Be sure to check out these unique events happening over the holiday weekend.

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Thursday

Independence Eve Celebration This free event —featuring a concert, light show and fireworks display— kicks off at Civic Center Park at 8 p.m. The concert includes performances by MIX, University of Colorado Denver’s premier a capella group, the Hazel Miller Band, and the Denver Municipal Band. Bring your own picnic or buy concessions on site. Lawn seating is first-come, first-served, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. If you love fireworks, but don’t love the crowds, click HERE for info about the first-ever Independence Eve Balcony Party on the deck of the Denver Post Building.

Friday

Liberty 4-Mile Run Start your Independence Day with this run/walk at 8:30 a.m. at Washington Park and you won’t feel free bad about bingeing on barbecue later. Participants are encouraged to don their best red, white and blue attire, and prizes will be awarded to the kids and adults with the best display of USA! Proceeds from the race support Make-A-Wish Colorado.

Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration If a visit from Thomas Jefferson or a reading of the Declaration of Independence sounds like your idea of a good time, we suggest heading to Four Mile Historic Park for this one-of-a-kind event. Music, games, children’s crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides are all part of the day’s festivities, which go from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To learn how early settlers celebrated Independence Day and how they beat the summer heat, stop into the Four Mile House museum.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival This free three-day celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts will be held on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele from 2nd to 3rd avenues. Experience Artivity Avenue —a block of interactive activities that are perfect for youngsters— and Culinary Avenue —where you can see cooking demonstrations from some of Denver’s most popular eateries— or stop by the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the world will be performed.

Independence Day Strikes Back Held at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, this Colorado Symphony concert will feature patriotic favorites, like “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as music from the movie “Star Wars.” Talk about a mashup! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins an hour later. Ticket prices start at $16.50

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Play all day (the theme park is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and the water park is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and then watch the good folks at Elitch Gardens light up the night with a brilliant fireworks display! The show starts at dusk. Tickets are available at the main gate, but you’ll pay a little less if you buy them online; info HERE.

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