It's Independence Day weekend, and there are plenty of patriotic activities throughout the city to celebrate the Fourth of July.

There are a variety of events this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, including a block party in Larimer Square and a music festival in Evergreen. Blues Traveler and Zeds Dead plays at Red Rocks or enjoy jazz in City Park or live music at the Corner Bar Patio. The PACE Center in Parker presents Little Shop of Horrors and the Colorado Avalanche take on the Seattle Sounders. All this and more, this weekend in Denver.

Events on Friday, July 2

A Fantastic 4th Weekend

When: July 2-3
Where: High Prairie Park at Painted Prairie, 6000 Picadilly Road, Aurora
Cost: Free

Kick off the 4th of July with a free event full of learning opportunities, festive activities, and most importantly, fun!

Little Shop of Horrors

When: July 2-18
Where: PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
Cost: $34

A foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivorous plant promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Seymour Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD.

Zeds Dead

When: July 2-3
Where: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Cost: Varies

By pulling from a vast array of source material (Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Sublime), and molding it into their unique brand of dance-floor classics, Zeds Dead has established itself as a dominant force in electronic dance music circles and have received recognition and praise from tastemakers worldwide.

Events on Saturday, July 3

Colorado Renaissance Festival

When: July 3-August 22
Where: 650 W. Perry Park Avenue, Larkspur
Cost: $12-24

Flashback to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music, and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. 

Party on the Square

When: July 3
Where: Larimer Square, Denver
Cost: Free​​​​​

Join us for a day of fun on Denver’s best block! Enjoy free live music featuring DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band starting at noon; get your portrait done by a caricature artist and snap a photo for the ‘gram under our new July banners.

The Polish Ambassador

When: July 3
Where: Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Avenue, Denver
Cost: Free

A mystery man of many hats, The Polish Ambassador rocks more than just a trademark jumpsuit, authoring sublime, intentional artistic works, animated safaris in technicolor sound.

Events on Sunday, July 4

4th of July Evergreen Music Festival

When: July 4
Where: Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen
Cost: $25

The festival lineup includes headliner DEVOTCHKA along with Jazzical Violin and Ovation West-Altezza, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, FACE Vocal Group, Thomas Cassell Voyager Project, and Joe Bye & Friends.

Blues Traveler

When: July 4
Where: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Cost: $55-$75

Thirty years ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler, who had known each other since their early teens: John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan, and Brendan Hill gathered in the basement of their drummer's parents' Princeton, New Jersey, home and the seeds were planted for a band who has released a total of 13 studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum. 

City Park Jazz: Purnell Steen and The Five Points Ambassadors

When: July 4
Where: City Park, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver
Cost: Free

Pianist Purnell Steen and his group, The Five Points Ambassadors, keep Denver's historical jazz scene alive.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC

When: July 4
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
Cost: Varies

The Colorado Rapids take on the Seattle Sounders FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Live Music on the Corner Bar Patio

When: July 4
Where: The Corner Bar, 2115 13th Street, Boulder
Cost: Food and drink

Liz Becker is a rising talent who has won Best Performance in the California Songwriting Competition twice. A vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, she fuses indie-pop and RnB through her soulful voice, beautiful melodies, and fun vibes.

Memory Mirror

When: July 4-March 5, 2023
Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver
Cost: Admission

Opening in July 2021, Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

When: Sunday, July 4
Where: Park Hill Neighborhood, Northeast Denver, 2300 Dexter Street, Denver
Cost: Free

Denver's largest Independence Day march will be filled with new groups and returning favorites, marching along 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St.

What will you be doing this 4th of July weekend? Share your plans in the comments.