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, two dozen breweries on the Boulder Beer Trail, and some pretty big Fourth of July events.
Tip: 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, 2018 at 8pm (doors open 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 by Funkiphino and School of Rock, 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, 2018
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 from 5:30am to 5pm (incoming gate closes at 4 pm). The swim area will be open 9 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. 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.
Families are welcome to come hang out at the reservoir, picnic and cool off in the water all day. Check the Boulder Res website for details.
July 4, 2018
A special day-long edition of the popular Bands on the Bricks Wednesday concert series is happening on July 4 this year! Come see favorite local bands perform to crowds right on Pearl Street in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a beer garden and a fun, festival atmosphere. Parking is free in the downtown Boulder parking garages for the Fourth.
July 4, 2018, 11am
Gather your friends and family on the Chautauqua Green for music by the Boulder Concert Band to celebrate the Colorado Chautauqua's 120th birthday. This family-friendly celebration features two sets of Americana music. Bring your appetite and let the staff of the Chautauqua Dining Hall take care of the rest. Serving BBQ-style cuisine on the stone patio and baked goods, grab-n-go snacks and $1.20 single-scoop ice cream in the General Store, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This event is free to the public.
June 30 and July 7, 2018, 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.
June 27-July 1, 2018
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.
June 29-30 and July 6-7, 2018
Free concerts are happening at Twenty Ninth Street the weekends before and after July 4, all part of their summer outdoor concert series that takes place every Friday and Saturday night. June 29 will be Taggart and Silas, June 30 will showcase Funky Business, July 6 features Hunter Hamilton and July 7 will be Cable Ten. Meet at the Central Plaza for food, drinks and dancing under the stars.
The Colorado Music Festival is a classical summer concert series that takes place at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium. The weekend preceding the Fourth will include a concert by the acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss, and on July 5 there will be a special Mozart program featuring Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martínez under the direction of guest conductor David Danzmayr.
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 "Richard III" and the weekend following will feature "Cyrano de Bergerac." The annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival runs through Aug. 12, 2018.
July 2 and 9, 2018, 5:30pm
A kid favorite, Meadow Music runs all summer. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short hike, followed by 45 minutes of nature music at the foot of the Flatirons.
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.