Some of the best firework displays in the country happen right here in Colorado. We’ve rounded up ten of the most intriguing shows for you to watch this July Fourth. There are plenty of fun activities during the day  before watching a spectacular night of fireworks. Many of the locations offer a plethora of outdoor events from live music, to parades, contests, and running races.

1. Downtown Denver, Colorado

July 3, 2018

Get to Civic Center Park early and enjoy a picnic while listening to live music. The fireworks show highlights the beauty of the City and County Building and the accompanying laser light show is fabulous. You can catch the display from many viewing points including Civic Center Park, parts of the Golden Triangle, and the Auraria Campus. For more information, visit denver.org

2. Grand Lake, Colorado

July 4, 2018

The 4th of July in Grand Lake is always a special time. There are plenty of activities during the day with live music in several of the restaurants, a parade, and a carnival atmosphere that thrills families. Don’t forget you can hike in Rocky Mountain National Park or go fishing during the day too. The fireworks over Grand Lake are some of the best in the state and reflect off of Colorado’s largest natural lake. For more information, visit grandlakechamber.com 

3. Telluride, Colorado

July 4, 2018

The 4th of July Celebration starts with the Telluride Foundation’s Rundola. After watching the race (or participate if you’re insane), you can sit back and take in the parade as well as a Firemen’s BBQ. The incredible fireworks display can be seen from anywhere in town. For more information, visit telluride.com

4. Breckenridge, Colorado

July 4, 2018

Outdoor enthusiasts love this Independence Day Celebration that includes a challenging 10k Trail Run, the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, and the parade down Main Street. At night, there is a fantastic display of fireworks near the Gondola Lots. For more information, visit visitbreck.com.

5. Frisco, Colorado

July 4, 2018

During Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July, there are plenty of activities from a pancake breakfast, to a fishing derby, to a parade. In the evening, be prepared to watch the fireworks extravaganza over Dillon Reservoir. The fireworks display can be viewed from a variety of locations around the reservoir. If you plan on camping at Dillon Reservoir, be prepared to book your camping site early. For more information, visit townoffrisco.com

6. Aspen, Colorado

July 4, 2018

The Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration is packed with loads of fun for everyone. You can run in Boogies Buddy Race, decorate your bike for the Red Brick Bike Decorating contest, wave your flag during the parade, and head to the carnival with the whole family. In the evening, you can watch the spectacular display that is shown over Aspen Mountain. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org

7. Boulder, Colorado

July 4, 2018

Spend the day enjoying a great time on the Pearl Street Mall before heading over for Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Join in the traditional sing-a-long before watching a spectacular firework display from a comfortable seat within Folsom Field at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information, visit boulder4thofjuly.com

8. Pueblo, Colorado

July 4, 2018

Rollin’ on the Riverwalk is a great place to take the family for fireworks. The display is highlighted by music from the Pueblo Symphony and the Pueblo Riverwalk has plenty of places to watch from. For more information, visit puebloriverwalk.com

9. Cripple Creek, Colorado

July 4, 2018

The fun lasts all day long with a patriotic parade, live music, gambling, historic sites to see, and there are lots of food vendors including a beer garden. The firework show is perfect to watch from City Park. For more information, visit visitcripplecreek.com

10. Buena Vista, Colorado

July 4, 2018

There is lots of family fun to be had during the day starting with a pancake breakfast. You can watch the Independence Day Parade, listen to live music, try standup paddleboarding on the pond, view the Quilts of Valor, and participate in the Freedom 5k run. The display is grand and viewing is perfect at the Rodeo Grounds on CR 321. For more information, visit buenavistacolorado.org.

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