Convention & Visitors Bureau
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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.
July 4, 2017 at 8pm (fireworks begin at dark, usually around 9:30pm or so)
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.
July 4, 2017
The beautiful Boulder Reservoir is the site of the 5/10K Craig Towler Freedom Run on July 4 at 8am — if you like the idea of lacing up your sneakers and really earning your holiday beer and brats. Families are welcome to come hang out at the reservoir, too, to picnic and cool off in the water.
The res is open July 4 from 5:30am to 5pm (incoming gate closes at 4 pm). The swim area will be open 10 am–4 pm. Entry fees are as usual: adults $7, youth $4, seniors $5. Private alcohol will not be allowed into the reservoir on this day, but there will be a beer garden available for the public (21 and older) to purchase beer 10 am–4 pm at the beach area. The beachside café will also be open with yummy food options 9am–5pm. Rocky Mountain Paddleboard will be open for small watercraft rentals 8am–5pm.
July 1, 2017, 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.
July 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
A free concert by Lee & Co is happening at Twenty Ninth Street, part of their summer outdoor concert series. Meet at the Central Plaza for food, drinks and dancing under the stars.
July 2, 2017, 9am-noon
Boulder's University Hill District (or "The Hill") will host fun features for kids during Summer Sundays on the Hill. Studio Arts Boulder will provide activities in clay, with portable potter's wheels for wheel-throwing and space to hand-build. Instructors will offer demonstrations, and everyone is invited to play with clay and get messy.
The Colorado Music Festival is a classical concert series that takes place at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium. The weekend preceding the Fourth will include a concert by the acclaimed pianist Olga Kern and a Mozart program with CMF founder Giora Bernstein.
See Shakespeare under the stars at the gorgeous Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on the University of Colorado campus. The weekend preceding July 4 will feature performances of "Hamlet" and "Taming of the Shrew." Read more about the annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which runs through Aug. 13, 2017.
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.