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When Travel + Leisure named Boulder one of five of “America’s Best Towns for July 4th” two years in a row, we could only nod in agreement. In early July, it’s easy to love Boulder’s combination of fresh air, beautiful outdoors, great patio restaurants, 20+ breweries on the Boulder Beer Trail, and some pretty big Fourth of July events.
This year, July 4th falls on a Monday, so it’s easy to make a long weekend of it in Boulder. Here’s the lineup for the whole weekend — Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4, 2016.
July 4, 2016 at 8pm
Ralphie’s Indepdence Day Blast has been an annual tradition since 1941. Locals flock to the University of Colorado’s football stadium, Folsom Field, to take part in stadium-wide sing-along, listen to live music, see Ralphie — the real buffalo that is CU’s mascot — and, of course, watch the live fireworks show. The fireworks start at dark, usually around 9:30pm or so.
July 2 and 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
Ticket prices vary
Three of the surviving members of the original and legendary Grateful Dead band, plus John Mayer and others, make up Dead & Company. They are set to rock the stage for two nights in Boulder at CU’s Folsom Field. It’s the first time Folsom Field has hosted a concert since 2001 when the Dave Matthews Band recorded their popular live album, Live at Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado.
July 2-4, 2016, 10am-4pm
The beautiful Boulder Reservoir is the site of fun, all-day, family-friendly event each July 4th. There's always food, live music, a beer garden, and kids activities like bouncy houses and face painting — but this year's splash is extra big. A carnival is coming to the rez and bringing 15 kiddie and adult rides. Plus, there will be free hydro bikes, paddleboarding and water slides to keep you cool! Admission is $4 for adults and free for children. There is also a 5/10K Star-Splangled Splash foot race on July 4 at 8am, if you like the idea of lacing up your sneakers and really earning your holiday beer and brats.
July 2, 8am-2pm
Named the No. 1 Farmers’ Market in the country by readers of USA Today, the Boulder Farmers’ Market is a fun place to start a Saturday. Established in 1986 by a handful of local farmers looking to sell farm-fresh produce directly to the public, the market is now the largest in Colorado. It is a growers-only market, and shoppers can enjoy seasonal produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, herbs, flowers, wines and gourmet food products. Plus, the market enjoys a lovely setting next to shady Central Park and the Boulder Creek, at the doorsteps of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
Photo credits, from top: Hannah/Flickr Creative Commons; Patrick Kelley; Jerome Brunet/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News; City of Boulder; Denise Chambers/Boulder CVB.