KUSA - This weekend is America's birthday, and we shall party as such (but maybe not in "Da Club").

Sure, you know there will be fireworks shows, barbecues and parades, but there's lots of other stuff going on as well. Enjoy your weekend by taking a journey back into the Renaissance, checking out some art in Cherry Creek or partaking in a Red Rocks tradition that's basically as old as time itself (yes … we're talking about Blues Traveler).

And those are just a few suggestions. Have a fun (and more importantly, safe!) Fourth of July.

Watch fireworks … somewhere - July 3-4 - Everywhere http://on9news.tv/1T1bY7c

It's Fourth of July weekend, and let's not beat around the bush: we know what you really want to do. You probably want to watch fireworks. And regardless of whether you're willing to drive a couple of hours to catch fireworks in Grand Lake or see something closer to home, we've put together a list of all of the local fireworks displays (that we know about, anyway) happening in our beautiful state.

Ethiopian Cultural Festival - July 3-4 - Aurora http://bit.ly/1NwomZF

The All-Ethiopian Sports Association One holds a soccer tournament every year, and this year they picked Aurora because of its strong ties to the community. This year's event features a tournament of 20 soccer teams -- including one from Ethiopia. On Friday, be sure to check out the Ethiopian Cultural Da, which features a concert by Ethiopian acts. There's another concert on Saturday night, too.

Pagosa Artfest - July 3-5- Pagosa Springs http://bit.ly/1ejQKC9

Hey, it's a holiday weekend, so why not explore Colorado a little bit? And if you find yourself in the San Juans, be sure to check out the Pagosa Artfest! This features everything from fine jewelry to gourd work to rustic furniture made by awesome mountain artists.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival - July 3-5 - Denver http://bit.ly/1JcPVZ8

This is basically the Super Bowl for people who like art (or food, for that matter). More than 350,000 people are expected to fill up the Cherry Creek area as they check out work from international juried visual artists, eat fine cuisine, watch live musical performances and artist demonstrations as well as take part in "ARTivities." Perhaps most importantly, unlike most things in life, admission is free!

4th of July Weekend Celebration - July 4- Estes Park http://bit.ly/1Itybrr

This July 4 celebration is being singled out because it's probably one of the best-known in the state (although that could be up for debate). Before you catch the famous fireworks show over Lake Estes (it starts at 9:30 p.m.), check out the Estes Village Band's annual patriotic concert or feast your eyes on some rodeo. There's also a Historic Hoedown at the Stanley Hotel (fear not! It's not a haunted hoedown) and the "Coolest Car Show" at the Estes Park Events Center.

Blues Traveler at Red Rocks - July 4- Morrison http://bit.ly/1HxyJgZ

The hook has once again brought Blues Traveler back to Red Rocks (and no, that's not a lie). As they have for what feels like every year since 1776 (it's actually 1994, with the exception of 1999), this popular 1990s band has avoided giving Denver fans the "Run-Around" during Independence Day, instead giving them a show known for introducing new material and resurrecting some older, forgotten tunes. As of Wednesday, both general admission and reserved seats were still available to watch harmonica-virtuoso John Popper and the gang do their thing among the hallowed red rocks of our state's most famous music venue.

20th annual 4thFest Celebration - July 4 - Commerce City http://bit.ly/1pnwdAW

To quote Stefan of "Saturday Night Live" fame, the 4thFest Celebration has everything … except for screaming babies in Mozart wigs. In addition to a soccer match between the Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps, there's a free community festival with a tractor pull, human-sized hamster balls (all of the hottest clubs in New York have them!), face painters and much more. In true Fourth of July fashion, the festivities end with a fireworks show -- the largest public display in the state, in fact.

Colorado Renaissance Festival - July 4-5 - Larkspur http://bit.ly/1l3lhEF

During a weekend to celebrate America's Independence, it's worthwhile to take yourself on a journey to the place we had a nasty break-up with back in 1776. And you can experience (Renaissance-era) England in Larkspur without even having to pay for a plane ticket and/or time machine! This weekend at the Colorado Renaissance Festival is Children's Weekend, meaning that there will be plenty of activity for the little ones -- and kids 12-and-under even get in for free (with a paying adult). Enjoy a nice turkey leg (or two … but that might not be physically possible), and see if the bad guys finally win the yearly jousting match (probability says they won't). Tickets are $19.50 for adults.

South Pearl Street Farmer's Market - July 5 - Denver http://bit.ly/1HncY1Q

If you feel like beholding some vegetables after a day of drinking beer, eating burgers and watching explosions in the sky ('Murica!), then make the journey to South Pearl Street, where you can get some materials to begin a post-Fourth of July vegetable cleanse as well as buy plenty of other handcrafted goods. Getting to the farmer's market is free, but if you want things to take home, you'll probably have to spend money when you get there.


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Taxi - Call 303-333-3333, 303-444-4444 or 303-777-7777. For Uber, text an address and city to 827-222.

Light Rail - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtmlto plot your route

Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route

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