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Celebrate The 4th With Pancakes, Pyrotechnics, Parades | Print |  E-mail

by Uncle Sam Weisberg

Coloradans across the state are casting one eye to the sky, hoping for enough rain in coming weeks to allow for the annual fireworks celebrations that were curtailed last year due to extremely hot, dry weather to once again illuminate the night sky on July 3 and 4.

THE 11TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON PARK CELEBRATION AND 4TH OF JULY PICNIC features a bike parade, refreshments and performance by the Denver Municipal Band Brass Quintet. Similar festivities are planned for Cheesman Park, Observatory Park and Stapleton on Independence Day.

Our friends in the neighboring kingdom of Glendale will once again kick off holiday week festivities on Wed., July 3, with their 35th annual community fireworks display. Pyrotechnic delights will soar high over Cherry Creek beginning at dark. Prime viewing spots along Cherry Creek Dr. and Cherry St. tend to fill up quickly, so make your way early to claim a space. Another good location is the Home Depot parking lot north of Kentucky Ave., but please respect the needs of the store and their shoppers during business hours.

Whole Foods, 870 S. Colorado Blvd., just west of Home Depot, will host the 6th annual Fireworks Feast, July 3, 5:30-9p.m. $15/adult admission; $7/kids provides access to an evening filled with hot food, cold beer (included in admission), plenty of fun for the kids (face painting, strolling magician, bounce house, etc.) and live music for the elders. This family-friendly festival makes a great vantage point from which to view the Glendale fireworks display. You might want to bring your own lawn chair, as table space can get slim later in the evening. Info: 303-691-0101.

Prefer a classical celebration? Head to Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave. at Broadway, on July 3, 8p.m., for the 4th annual Independence Eve Celebration, featuring a patriotic performance by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Always a pleasant night under the stars, the evening includes an accompanying laser light show during the performance, and fireworks afterwards. Lawn seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Blankets and low-profile lawn chairs help maintain the view for those in back. Pack a picnic, or purchase something on site.

Info: civiccenterconservancy.org.

Reclaim a bit of Denver’s pioneer past as Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., celebrates Independence Day with an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Thur., July 4, 10a.m.-4p.m.

Festivities will include visits from Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Uncle Sam; the reading of the Declaration of Independence; and performances by the Denver Concert Band and other area musicians. The 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry will conduct drills, and mountain men and Native Americans will tell stories of life “back in the day.” Enjoy traditional music and games, children’s crafts and horse-drawn wagon rides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, 11a.m.-3p.m..

Park admission costs $7/adults, $4/kids ages 7-17 and seniors. Info: 720-865-0800 or fourmilepark.org.

Our namesake greenspace, Washington Park divides the surrounding neighborhoods into designations of East and West. On the 4th of July, however, the community will come together as one for the 11th annual Washington Park July 4th Celebration & Neighborhood Picnic, held 11a.m.-1p.m. at the beautifully renovated Washington Park Boathouse. The event is sponsored by the West Washington Park and Washington Park East neighborhood associations.

Kids always enjoy exploring the Station 21 fire truck and hobnobbing with the horses and riders of Denver Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. One and all can kick back with a picnic and listen to the Denver Municipal Band Brass Quintet at 11a.m. (The full 40-piece Concert Band returns that evening at 7:30p.m., in the meadow south of the recreation center.)

Bikers in the bunch will want to arrive early to dress up strollers, trikes and bicycles (free decorations provided) for the Bike Parade which begins about 11:45a.m. Free post-parade ice cream and soft drinks will be provided.

Event sponsors and volunteers are essential to make this event a success. To volunteer or sponsor, contact Lori Poole at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 303-903-5892.

Up to our northeast, the Stapleton Community pays homage to the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom with several July 4th events.

The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast at 9a.m. in Central Park, Martin Luther King Blvd. at Central Park Blvd. When you’ve gotten your fill of pancakes, sausage and coffee or juice (all donations will benefit the Stapleton Stingrays Swim Team), burn off a few calories in the Neighborhood Bike Parade beginning at 10:30a.m. on the Promenade. Breakfast tickets can be purchased at the event.

The good times continue rolling that afternoon, with music provided by live DJs at all four Stapleton swimming pools, noon-4p.m. Info: stapletoncommunity.com.

Young patriots receive all the attention at the 7th annual Cheesman Park 4th of July Kids Parade, sponsored by Cheesman Park Advocacy Group, Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, Shells & Sauce restaurant and Marilyn Kal-Hagan – Re/Max Professionals.

Kids and their adults will gather by the pavilion on the east side of the park starting at 9a.m. Free decorations are provided for youngsters to spiff up their bikes, trikes, scooters etc., for the 10a.m. parade start. The Denver Police Mounted Patrol, Mile High Marching Band, the Girl Scouts of America, bagpipers, a Denver Fire Department pumper truck, cheerleaders and Uncle Sam will join in the festivities.

Face painting, balloons and caricatures will once again be provided free of charge, courtesy of the sponsorship team. For information, contact Marilyn Kal-Hagan at 303-587-6720.

Like-minded fun will fill the day to overflowing when the annual Bike Parade and Water Spray event returns to Observatory Park (between Fillmore and Milwaukee streets, south of Evans Ave.), July 4, 10a.m.

Kids and dogs and bikes, all festooned in holiday finery, will make their way along the short Warren Ave. parade route; then a fire truck from Denver Fire Station 24 will give a good soaking to the assembled throng of the willing (if not diverted by an actual fire call).

Following the parade and soak-down, the University Park Mothers Club will provide refreshments. The VFW Band will be on hand to make the day even more festive.

The Bike Parade and Water Spray is sponsored by the University Park Community Council. For info: email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . End your Fourth of July celebration in high style, watching fireworks bursting in air over the Denver Country Club.

Catch the display from your car in one of the lots by Cherry Creek Shopping Center, or grab a spot inside the ropes when DCC opens its gate on the west side of University Blvd., just south of 1st Ave., providing a viewing area on a limited section of golf course fairway.

Public admission time is not publicized, but is generally somewhere between 6p.m. and dusk, depending on private club events that day. No pets, cameras, video equipment, alcohol, glass, bikes, rollerblades or skateboards are allowed. The fire marshall keeps a stern eye on the number of people admitted to the limited viewing area, and the gates will be closed when capacity is reached. Coolers may be searched upon entry. For info, call 303-733-8242.

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