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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.
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Getting Around: If you want to hike or picnic at Chautauqua, the Park-to-Park hiker shuttle will be running on July 4 (8am-8pm) to help you avoid parking frustrations! Route map and details here. The HOP shuttle will also be free on July 4, so there are plenty of ways to ditch the car for a fun day in Boulder.
July 4, 2019 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 flock 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.
Free Fireworks Shuttle! Parking is limited, but there is free bus service to the stadium. Take the HOP for free, or catch an additional free shuttle route at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, on Canyon Blvd. between 29th and 30th Streets. Details here.
If you're heading to Chautauqua Meadow, one of the most popular firework-viewing areas, you may be subject to visual inspection. More info here. The Chautauqua Ranger Cottage will be open 9am-4pm.
July 5 and 6, 2019
Dead and Company (comprised of members of the Grateful Dead plus John Mayer) comes to the University of Colorado's Folsom Field for two nights. Dead Heads travel from all over the country to this scenic show in the CU football stadium. Looking for camping info?
July 4, 2019, 9am
Start your July 4th with one of Boulder's favorite annual races! Join us for the 12th annual Four on the Fourth 4K, followed by complimentary Avery Brewing Company beers (valid ID required) and delicious breakfast from our restaurant. $40 to enter, and commemorative tech tee included! Bib and shirt pick-up starts at 7am, race starts at 9am. Register here.
July 4, 2019, 11am
Join the distinguished Boulder Concert Band on the Chautauqua Green for an iconic Independence Day concert full of celebration! This year’s concert will feature special guest conductor, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier, who has prepared a rousing July 4th program. Colonel Palmatier's military career spanned more than 37 years as the Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the largest military music unit in the United States, and the senior musician in the U.S. Armed Forces. Free concert. More info.
July 3-7, 2019
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.
July 5-6, 2019
Free concerts are happening at Twenty Ninth Street as part of their summer outdoor concert series that takes place every Friday and Saturday nights. Meet at the Central Plaza for food, drinks and dancing under the stars.
July 5, 2019
The Colorado Music Festival is a classical summer concert series that takes place at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium. The series is ongoing June 27-Aug. 3, 2019. On Friday, July 5, 2019, there is a special "Revolution and Freedom" program, featuring exciting patriotic music under the direction of Maestro Peter Oundjian, with selections such as Copland's "Outdoor Overture," Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F," Sousa's "Liberty Bell March" and several more.
July 6, 2019, 5pm
Harry Potter fans should apparate to the Central Park Bandshell for a concert with the original wizard rock band. Fun for children, teens, and adults. Free.
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 6 performance featuring "As You Like It" and Sunday, July 6 including "As You Like It" and "Romeo and Juliet."
July 6, 2019, 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 4, 2019
The beautiful Boulder Reservoir welcomes families to come hang out at the reservoir to picnic and cool off in the water.
The res is open July 4, with the incoming gate open from 5:30am to 4pm and the exit gate closing at 5pm. The swim area will be open 9am–4pm. Entry fees are as usual: adults $7, youth $4, seniors $5. Private alcohol will not be allowed into the reservoir on this day. Rocky Mountain Paddleboard will be open for small watercraft rentals 9am–5pm. If you're bringing your own watercraft, including stand-up paddleboards, you'll need a Boulder Reservoir Permit. Check the Boulder Res website for more details.
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.