When: July 3 and July 4, 6:10pm (game times)
What To Bring: Red, white, blue and purple clothes... and a healthy craving for hot dogs
The Rockies are having an up-and-down season but no matter: The Fireworks Games, as they’ve come to be known, are always a hot ticket. This year’s events are made all the more exciting with division rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in town. Seats are still available (starting at $27) and here’s a tip: Try to get one in left field or the Rockpile, because before the fireworks start -- about 20 minutes after the game -- you’ll be invited to watch them from the outfield grass.
When: July 3 and July 4, 11am - 1am
What To Bring: Your best American flag outfit
If the baseball game strikes you as an inconvenience in advance of the main affair, then skip it. Take in the Coors fireworks from one of the best rooftop patios in Denver at Avanti, where the collective eatery plans to stay open until 1am to keep the party raging deep into the night.
When: July 3, 8pm
What To Bring: A blanket or low-rise chair and koozie for the beer garden
Billed as “Independence Eve 2018,” this display takes advantage of the fact that a lot of folks might want to party hard on the 3rd, having the 4th, itself, off work. This year’s Downtown celebration comes correct with a concert, light display, food trucks, and two beer and wine gardens. The concession areas open at 4pm and arriving early is encouraged.
When: July 4, 9:35pm
What To Bring: Apparently a clutch with the CU logo on it and/or a clear bag
The big draw near the Flatirons is hosted by none other than the University of Colorado’s mascot. Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast features a bunch of bands, free admission, and probably some vegan food because this is Boulder, after all.
When: July 4, 5pm (show time)
What To Bring: 1990s nostalgia and some weed
Blues Traveler plays the Fourth of July at Red Rocks for what seems like the 84th year in a row. And while John Popper & Co won’t usher in any kind of fireworks display at Red Rocks itself, this show has long been known as a destination to catch tons of displays across the Front Range, from high atop the venue’s perch.