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Denver 4th of July Events

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Celebrating its 233rd birthday, the United States of America– who doesn’t look a day over 220– will be given quite the party over the 4th of July weekend. Here are a few of Denver’s standouts:

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is going to throwdown at 7pm on July 3rd in City Park with selections from Aaron Copland, Scott Jopllin, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and of course some Sousa marches. Then at 7:30pm on the 4th, the CSO will perform much of the same program at Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre in Englewood with the addition of some music from John Williams and Leonard Bernstein. Finally, on Sunday the 5th, the peripatetic CSO will play at Red Rocks with a more classically oriented schedule. They will, however, still rock the closing with the rousing 1812 Overture/Stars and Stripes Forever combo. That’s good stuff.

Coors Field— Rockies vs. Diamondbacks, July 3-5. It doesn’t get more American than baseball, hot dogs, and fireworks. Even better, depending on where you get your seats, the hot dogs may wind up being the most expensive part.

The 19th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place July 3-5 (from 2nd to 3rd between Clayton and Steele). It showcases the visual, culinary and performing arts, is FREE, and will host 350,000 visitors over the three day event. It’s a treat to mix with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations. Also, please note there will be a specially designated diaper changing station with supplies located on Milwaukee Street. So stop cleaning junior’s bottom in the glass-blowing tent. No good can come of that.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Four Mile Historic Park is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors/students and free for the under-5 crowd. See how things were in Denver’s early days. There’s a one-room schoolhouse, Denver’s oldest home, weavers, spinners, blacksmiths, and Native Americans. Also, they have several enormous draft horses. They fascinate and scare me.

Red Rocks— Wilco will play the venerable amphitheater on Friday, July 3rd, followed by Blues Traveler (plus Lewis Black) and fireworks on the 4th, and then the aforementioned CSO on Sunday the 5th. I don’t want to slight any of previous events, but you really can’t beat Red Rocks. For anything. Let alone the 4th of July.