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    4th of July 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, 21 breweries on the Boulder Beer Trail, and (prior to 2020's event suspensions) some pretty big Fourth of July events.

    Getting Around

    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, 2020 (8am-8pm) to help you avoid parking frustrations! Route map and details here. The new Edlo Shuttle will also begin on July 3 and will run all weekend, so you can ride to Eldorado Canyon State Park for free, with free entrance to the park as part of a special introductory period.

    Free Parking: Downtown parking garages are free July 3-5, 2020.

    Flagstaff Road Please note that Flagstaff Road will be closed 5-11pm on July 4, 2020.

    Enjoy a Meal Out

    Restaurants are allowed to serve guests inside at 50% capacity inside, with expanded capacity outside. The city has taken extraordinary steps to close streets to through traffic so that restaurants can open additional seating right on the street, so those who are ready can trying dining out again. Some breweries are open now, too, but bars that do not serve food remain closed.

    Dining Safely in Boulder
    More Things to Do

    Many of the usual Fourth of July activities below are cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. We've left them listed in case you want to plan for next year. For ideas on things to do this year, see our Things You Can Do Right Now page.

    Here's a guide to fire restrictions and what fireworks are allowed in Boulder County, as well as which are banned.

    Things You Can Do Right Now


    Fourth of July in Boulder
    Fireworks at Folsom Field

    Cancelled for 2020

    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.

    Folsom Field 4th of July

    Dead and Company at Folsom Field

    Cancelled for 2020
    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? 

    Folsom Field Dead and Company

    Boulder Concert Band on the Green

    Cancelled for 2020
    Join the distinguished Boulder Concert Band on the Chautauqua Green for an iconic Independence Day concert full of celebration! Free concert. More info.

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament

    Cancelled for 2020
    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.

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series

    Cancelled for 2020
    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.

    Colorado Music Festival Concerts

    Cancelled for 2020
    The Colorado Music Festival is a classical summer concert series that takes place at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium. The series is ongoing June 25-August 1, 2020, with Guitar Masters: Isbin, Brubeck, and Rodrigo on July 3, 2020, and Conrad Tao Performs Mozart on July 5, 2020.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Season cancelled for 2020

    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."

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Boulder Farmers Market

    July 4, 2020, 8am-2pm
    For 2020, you must make a reservation to visit the 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 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.

    Boulder Farmers Market Food Vendors

    Boulder Reservoir

    For now, Boulder Reservoir is only open to 2020 watercraft permit holders, those with existing reservations at Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, and a limited number of passive shore recreational users per day. No swimming/tubing or rafting in the reservoir is allowed; and gathering places in the managed recreation areas of the South shore, including the beach, lawns and picnic areas are limited to groups of 10 and under. 


    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.