While barbecues, fireworks and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival dominate the entertainment calendar for the next few days, local musicians and comedians haven’t taken the holiday off….and fun will continue to explode on First Friday. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week, and Happy Independence Day.

Stars & Stripes Express Fest

Stars & Stripes Express Fest
Tuesday, July 3, 1 to 10 p.m.

Union Station
Don your most patriotic apparel and boogie to the sounds of yesteryear at the fourth annual Stars & Stripes Express Fest, which returns to Denver’s Union Station for a rollicking Independence Day Eve. Gather with a crowd of red, white and blue-clad revelers on the Terminal Bar’s extended patio and party through the decades with hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond. Representatives from Boulder’s own Avery Brewing Company will be on hand with prize giveaways and special beer tappings so guests will never be too far from a cold one. The performance lineup includes the Denver Dolls, Boomers, New Sensation and Phat Daddy. Visit Union Station’s Facebook events page for more details.

Foothills Park & Recreation District

Red, White & You
Tuesday, July 3, 5 to 10 p.m.
Clement Park
Another Fourth of July Eve-stravaganza, Red White & You is a good way get a head start on the festivities. With a kid-friendly play area, food vendors, community booths and wine or beer gardens for the adults, revelers of every generation can get in on the fun. This year, the Foothills Park & Recreation District is sponsoring a new Performing Arts Pavilion that showcases performers from the organization’s various programs and welcomes local favorites the Nacho Men to headline the main event. Of course, no Independence Day Celebration is complete without fireworks, and

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