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 on the Boulder Beer Trail, and a few 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.
Unfortunately, this event is canceled for 2021.
July 4 at 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm;
fireworks begin at dark, usually around 9:30pm or so)
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been an annual tradition since 1941. Locals head to the University of Colorado’s football stadium, Folsom Field, to take part in a 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. Entertainment begins at 8:30pm. The fireworks start at dark, usually around 9:30pm. Here's what you can and can't bring in the stadium.
June 30-July 4, 2021
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.
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."
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.
July 3, 2021, 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.
The beautiful Boulder Reservoir welcomes families to come hang out at the reservoir to picnic and cool off in the water. Outside alcohol is prohibited at the reservoir on July 4.
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.