Celebrate the 247th anniversary of our nation’s birthday with these 4th of July fireworks displays in Colorado, listed by county. All of these wonderful displays are free to watch, so figure out the best place to see them and arrive early to grab your spot.
Many of these fireworks shows are part of a larger Fourth of July festival weekend. These fireworks displays are usually the highlight of the festival, but due to the high fire risk in many areas, some towns have opted for laser or drone shows instead. However, there will still be plenty of festivities and fun to be had on this holiday weekend.
We’ve divided this fireworks list by county, noting the most prominent ones with activities going on. You can learn more about the 64 counties in Colorado and perhaps plan a last-minute Independence Day Weekend escape.
Here are the best July 4th fireworks in Colorado, by county:
Alamosa celebrates with plenty of annual Independence Day festivities. Begin with a pancake breakfast, then the 4th of July parade through downtown and fireworks at dusk.
Aurora will launch fireworks with the only designated community viewing spot on the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn. The spectacular night of events kicks off at 6 pm and features live musical performances and a village of vendors to browse. Fireworks start once it’s dark around 9:30 and will last 30 minutes.
Glendale will start festivities a little bit early, with a community fireworks show on July 1st. Infinity Park will be open to the public for viewing fireworks, and there will be short movies and food trucks to entertain people while they wait for the show to start at dusk.
Pagosa Springs hosts a weekend full of events leading up to Independence Day. There will be a festival and craft fair in the park, the Red Ryder Rodeo for three consecutive nights, plenty of live music, and fireworks after sunset on July 4th.
Buena Vista hosts their Independence Day celebration with a jam-packed day. Past activities included a Freedom 5k, a craft fair in the park, a Firecracker walk, and even a beer garden to enjoy before the fireworks show ends the night on July 4th. This year’s parade starts at 10 am at River Park.
Poncha Springs will host a parade filled with community-made floats and a fireworks show to round out the day.
Salida usually has a full event schedule from noon-10 pm in Riverside Park. Expect a parade, live music, food vendors, and more.
Westcliffe starts the day with Silver Cliff for a small parade through town. Fireworks begin over the DeWeese Reservoir at dusk for all to enjoy.
Paonia celebrates the holiday weekend with its annual Paonia Cherry Days festival. There will be live music on Monday night, followed by Downtown Day featuring a 5k, a beer garden, and vendors. Tuesday will host the Lil’500, a parade, dancing, and finally fireworks.
The town of Delta will host a jam-packed weekend to celebrate Independence Day in 2023. July 1st and 2nd feature a hot air balloon glow and ascension from a local golf course and Confluence Park. July 3rd and 4th include more balloon ascensions, a craft fair, musical performances, a parade, community pancake breakfasts, and even skydiving performances finished off by a fireworks display around 9:30 on the 4th.
Castle Rock will launch fireworks from the Santa Fe Quarry butte above the golf course. There will also be a charitable 5k and half marathon hosted at the Douglas County Fairgrounds if you want to start the day off by breaking a sweat.
Highlands Ranch kicks off July 4th with a community parade through downtown, a 5k race, and a fireworks show at Highlands Heritage Park. There will be food trucks on site so you can grab a bite to eat before the show starts.
Parker will send up fireworks from south of the Pinery that can be viewed from around town.
Avon’s Harry Nottingham Park will be packed with activities starting at 5 pm on July 3rd for their Annual Salute to the USA. Stilt walkers, magicians, plenty of fair food, music, and Grammy Award winning musical performances are just a few of the many fun events planned.
Eagle will start the day off with a family bike parade, so decorate your bikes and join the procession from the Eagle Medical Center to the Brush Creek Pavillion. The parade will end at the park for a party featuring food vendors, kids’ activities, live music, and more.
Gypsum has an evening of fun events planned for the community. Starting at 7:30 pm there will be live music, free hot dogs, and lawn games at Lundgren Amphitheater Field. The night will end with a fireworks display launched from the Gypsum Sports Complex.
Minturn kicks off the area’s holiday celebrations with a block party on Sunday, July 2nd. Expect an afternoon bursting with family fun, musical performances, and food trucks. There will also be a mechanical bull, face painting, and more at Little Beach Park.
Vail will host a full day of live music, a parade with the theme Red, White, and Blues, and finally a firework show from Vail Mountain during their annual America Days celebration.
El Paso County
A variety of locations in the greater Colorado Springs area will display fireworks and host Independence Day celebrations throughout the weekend. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will continue its tradition of playing a patriotic concert along with the fireworks display, which can be heard over the radio or seen live at Pikes Peak Center. Below are the places fireworks will be displayed:
- Banning Lewis Ranch
- Garden of the Gods Resort
- Falcon Freedom Days at Meridian Ranch
- The Broadmoor
- The Club at Flying Horse
- Colorado Springs Switchbacks – Weidner Field
- The Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
- Rocky Mountain Vibes
Monument and the Tri-Lakes area will start the day with a pancake breakfast at St. Peter Catholic Church, followed by a fun run, parade, street fair, and beer garden. Live music will cap off the night, as fireworks are not allowed within town limits.
The town of Florence will host its annual Red, White, and Brews Fest, complete with a food truck rally, a village of vendors, a parade, and a firework show at dusk on July 4th.
Granby pulls out all the stops for its Independence Day celebration. The weekend will feature a pancake breakfast, 5k run, a bike parade, and two rodeos. The main firework display takes place on Monday night at the Flying Heels Arena at around 9 pm. Tuesday, July 4th is packed with festivities including a parade, military flyover, and a party in the park!
Grand Lake puts on a 30-minute firework show on the night of the 4th that can be viewed from anywhere in town or on the lake. The show typically starts around 10 pm, so be sure to pack layers and extra snacks.
Kremmling’s Fire Up the Cliffs celebration will take place on the evening of July 4th. The fireworks will be shot from the center of town, making the show visible from almost anywhere you feel like watching. Kremmling Town Square will host a plethora of vendors, food trucks, and family-friendly activities throughout the night as well.
Winter Park will host events from June 30th to July 4th, including a camper rig rally, a gravel bike race, the popular 5Point Film Festival on July 1st, and a 5k fun run on July 4th. Instead of fireworks, there will be a live laser show at the Rendezvous Event Center.
Crested Butte has a pancake breakfast to start the day, a parade through downtown ending in a family water fight, and finally, a laser show with a live DJ to accompany. The lasers will not be visible from the whole town and can be best seen from the Red Lady Stage at the CBMR Base Area.
Gunnison will continue its annual Independence Day celebration with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th. Jorgenson Park hosts a variety of activities leading up to the show including a food and beer garden, SUP demos, live music, and a color guard presentation.
Arvada hosts a fireworks show over the Stenger Soccer Complex and other festivities from 7-10pm on July 4th.
Starting at 11:30 am, Golden will host live music in Lions Park. This family-friendly event will have picnic food for purchase, beer and wine, and a large fireworks display to end the night.
Morrison will host the Jet Car Nationals & Family Festival on July 1st. There will be a fireworks display at the Bandimere Speedway, music, and drag racing. Festivities start at 3 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
La Plata County
Bayfield has a fun-filled day starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade through town that ends at Joe Stephenson Park. There you’ll find a beer garden, horseshoe tournament, food vendors, and a fireworks display at dusk.
Durango puts on a whole weekend of events from July 1st to the 5th. Enjoy a community breakfast, food-eating competitions, live music, a 5k run, and even a rodeo. There will be a drone show and street dance on the night of July 4th in lieu of a firework display.
Waggener Park in Berthoud will host a fireworks display at 9:30 pm on July 3rd that will last 20 minutes. Leading up to the show, the park will have a variety of fun activities including laser tag, a live DJ, food trucks, and a kid’s zone.
There will be two concerts held to celebrate the 4th of July in Estes Park, one at the Performance Park Amphitheater and one at the Estes Park Events Complex. Both will offer great views of the 9:30pm fireworks show, or you can find a spot in Stanley Park to watch the show illuminate Lake Estes.
Fort Collins is hosting a wide range of events on Saturday July 2nd. The day will start with your choice of a golf tournament or a Firecracker 5k run at 7:30am, followed by a parade at 10am. At 3pm there will be live music and food vendors in City Park and a finale fireworks show at around 9:35pm.
Loveland will have activities for any age all day on July 4th in North Lake Park. Festivities include a kid’s zone, bike parade, live music, a beer garden, and a fireworks show starting at 9:17pm.
Wellington Community Park in Wellington will be the center of the town’s celebrations on July 4th. After a pancake breakfast and a 10am parade down Cleveland Avenue, the park will host a festival until the fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Windsor Lake will host an evening fireworks show for the community, and the marina will be offering concessions and boat rentals for those who want to view the show from the water.
Las Animas County
Trinidad will host a wide variety of activities along historic Main Street with fireworks to end the day.
The Lincoln County fireworks display will take place in Limon at the Gaskill Football field at dusk on July 4th. There will also be a community BBQ hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
Sterling will host festivities all weekend long with a golf tournament, 5k run, ice cream social, and a fireworks display all at Sterling Lake.
The 66th annual Brush 4th of July parade and rodeo will take place at the Brush Fairgrounds from July 2nd through July 4th. Plus, enjoy a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Craig will host an Independence Day parade along with fireworks on July 4th. There will also be the annual Ride n’ Tie Days rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on July 3rd and 4th,
Creede will host their Independence Day celebration on Sunday July 3rd and Monday the 4th. Sunday will feature the start of many mining competition events, street vendors, and a community dance at Elk Lodge. On Monday, there will be more mining events, a parade at 10am, a ChuteOut rodeo at 6:30pm, and finally fireworks at dusk.
The Prowers County fireworks display will take place in Lamar at the Fairgrounds at dusk on July 4th.
Rio Blanco County
Meeker will host its long-running tradition of the Range Call, the oldest continuously running rodeo in Colorado. The festival is celebrated with a parade, rodeo, fireworks, and other activities and reenactments around town. It will take place on Main Street on July 4th, with fireworks at dusk and a great view of the showing from City Park.
Rangely will host a fireworks display at the Kenney Reservoir at dusk on July 4th. The weekend will also feature a pie-baking contest, golf and cornhole tournaments, and a surf-n-turf meal.
Julesburg will host the JVFD fireworks display on July 4th at dusk. The location will be at Cedar and 10th streets.
The town of Cripple Creek will host its annual fireworks display on July 4th with fireworks set off from the Old Homestead House.
Woodland Park holds their annual Old Fashioned 4th of July festival in Memorial Park. The day is complete with cocktails, food vendors, and live entertainment. While there are no fireworks at this event, there will be multiple shows in the Colorado Springs area that will be visible from the park.
Brighton’s annual Independence Day celebration will only host a fireworks display at dusk on July 4th.
Firestone will host their 20th annual 4th at Firestone event at Miners Park on July 4th. The parade through downtown starts at 10am, followed by a family-friendly festival in the park until 3pm. Return in the evening for a beer garden, food trucks, and fireworks at 9:30pm.
Fort Lupton will put on a fireworks display on July 2nd at 9:30 pm at the Fort Lupton Rec Center. From 4-8pm before the show, the community park will be filled with kids’ activities, a beer garden, food trucks, and live country music.
Greeley’s fireworks display will take place on July 4th at 9:30 pm at Island Grove Park. Don’t miss the 100th anniversary of the Greeley Stampede Parade featuring over 120 local organizations’ floats, a flyover, and a stampede of longhorns.
Keensburg’s 4th of July fireworks display will be held at the center of Keensburg for a small town celebration of the holiday.
Once your epic fourth of July celebrations come to a close, consider planning your next summer adventure. We’ve curated a list of some fun things to do in July throughout the Centennial State.