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4th of July Weekend in Boulder

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, 22 breweries, and great Fourth of July events.

Free Shuttles If you want to hike or picnic at Chautauqua, the Park-to-Park hiker shuttle will be running on July 3, 4 and 5, 2021 (8am-8pm) to help you avoid parking frustrations. Route map and details here. The Edlo Shuttle will also be running all weekend, so you can ride to Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Come back in late spring/early summer 2022 for current updates!

Fireworks at Folsom Field

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been an annual tradition since 1941. We hope to see you there in 2022!Folsom Field Fireworks

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

See Shakespeare under the stars at the gorgeous Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on the University of Colorado campus. The series runs for much of the summer, with the Saturday, July 3 performance featuring "A Midsummer Night's Dream."


Colorado Music Festival

The internationally acclaimed Colorado Music Festival is held four nights per week for seven weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world. The July 3 performance is a family show entitled, "The Story of Babar" and is put on by vaudeville-inspired musical storytellers Really Inventive Stuff.

Boulder Farmers Market

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 one of 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.

Boulder Farmers Market Food Court

Cool Off in the Boulder Reservoir

The beautiful Boulder Reservoir welcomes families to come hang out at the reservoir to picnic and cool off in the water. Open July 3 from 7am-8pm and July 4 from 7am-5pm. The incoming gate will close at 4pm on July 4. Alcohol is prohibited on July 4 unless you are part of a group renting a picnic site.

Boulder Reservoir Beach

Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament

June 29-July 3, 2022
For more than two decades, the Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament, an 80-team competitive girls softball tourney, has been hosted in Boulder. Come join in this Fourth of July Boulder tradition, and see these powerhouse girls pitch, swing and run at the Stazio Ballfields and the East Mapleton Complex.

First Friday Art in NoBo Art District

NoBo First Friday is a free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, artists and artisans along your stroll through the area, featuring live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Violet to Highway 36. Follow the bright colored flags to find surprises around every corner. First Friday runs 6-9pm. Find the map here.

Boulder Arts Week First Friday

America the Beautiful at The Spark 

Celebrate different cultures that make America beautiful at The Spark on July 4. From 4-pm, youth and adult crafters will have the choice of crafts to create. From 6-8pm, a live concert with performances from artists across the country will take place. Stay late for sparklers and a send-off at 8pm. Food (GF/V options available), cocktails, mocktails, and sweet treats will be available throughout the afternoon for an additional donation amount. Check back in spring or early summer 2022 for more details.

Boulder Events July 2-4, 2021

Photo credits, from top: Hannah/Flickr Creative Commons; Patrick Kelley; Jerome Brunet/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News; City of Boulder; Denise Chambers/Boulder CVB; University of Colorado.