Purple Mountains Majesty: The 4th in the Foothills

No matter where in the nation you are, The Fourth is a time to get together with friends, family, and strangers alike to celebrate our country, BBQ, and the lifestyle of midsummer.

A few of our hometown highlights?

Family-friendly 4th of July celebration at the Boulder Reservoir

A Boulder tradition, the Boulder Res will host back-to-back events from 8am-6pm. Your Sports Cause will be serving beer from 8am-4pm (yeah, 8am!) so leave your personal brews at home and support a great cause. The Res opens at 6am and the 5k and 1-mile races kick-off the day at 8:00. View the full schedule of events

Independence Day Jubilee at The Post Brewing

West End Tavern will be dishing out Housemade Hot Dogs all day and patrons can catch a free ride to the fireworks show with Banjo Billy at 7pm. The bus will return to West End after for late night happy hour with specials on the Pop Rocks Cocktail, Watermelon Cooler, and the patriotic American Dream Whiskey Flight

The great Independence Day tradition. 

And of course, the big shebang. Folsom Field has front row seats to Boulder’s firework display but plenty of the city’s Open Space and Mountain Parks have a great view, too.

Chautauqua Park off of West Baseline Road has plenty of grass for blankets or lawn chairs and always attracts a crowd. If you need a little space to yourself, try hiking up Chautauqua Trail (note the trail closes at 11pm).

Scott Carpenter Park is a great Folsom Field alternative for the family. The park’s playground entertains the kids until the show starts. Parking is limited, so leave early and walk to the park if you can to save yourself the headache of a traffic jam.

It’s not an easy hike, but views like this will make you instantly forget about your burning calves. Mount Sanitas is a pretty strenuous 3-mile loop but this is Boulder after all. Boulder on the iconic red rocks before the show. Like Chautauqua, Sanitas closes at 11pm so start your decent immediately after the show.

Check our events calendar for more ways to enjoy your 3-day weekend. Happy Fourth!

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