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4th of July Activities 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, 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 2, 3 and 4, 2022 (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 and trailheads in South Boulder.

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 Independence Day holiday weekend performances including "All's Well That Ends Well" and "The Book of Will."

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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, "Tubby the Tuba."

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 6am-8pm and July 4 from 6am-5pm. 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

Fireworks at Folsom Field – Canceled

Unfortunately, due to a number of factors including workforce shortages, fireworks will not be taking place in Boulder in 2022.