Parades to Fireworks: Colorado’s Fourth of July Celebrations

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Bar-b-ques, parades, parties, fireworks, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue. Who doesn’t love Independence Day? In the Centennial State, celebrations are held in the some of the country’s most beautiful locations—perfect backdrops to honor purple mountain majesties and spacious skies. While each Colorado town has something special planned for the Fourth of July, the following three celebrations are on the top of our list.

114th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days – Steamboat Springs
In Steamboat, Independence Day is a week-long celebration that starts on Friday the 30th with Art on the Mountain and a pro rodeo. The party continues through July 4th with a musical performance by Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, a ski jumping competition, a pancake breakfast, a block party, and finally, some of the finest fireworks in the state.

Tri Lake 4th of July Celebration – Monument
Enjoy a full day of festivities for the whole family in Monument, a growing residential area situated at the high point between Denver and Colorado Springs that features rolling, arid hills and views of Pikes Peak. Fourth of July activities include a pancake breakfast, a fun run, a children’s parade and main parade, a street fair, a beer garden, music, and fireworks over Palmer Lake.

Arvada Independence Day Celebration
There’s no need to head to the mountains for an awesome July Fourth Celebration, not when Arvada hosts a stellar party at the Stenger Soccer Complex. From 4pm to 10pm, enjoy free activities that include face painting, bouncy houses, sensory games, human hamster balls, vendors, and food trucks. At 9pm, once the sky has darkened, fireworks light up the sky.

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