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Denver's Indy Eve celebration undergoes big changes, don't miss the celebration Wednesday night

Denver’s Indy Eve Celebration undergoes big changes
Denver’s Indy Eve Celebration undergoes big changes 02:58

The Civic Center Conservancy reimagines Indy Eve with a Night Market and drone show. For the last 10 years, Denver has celebrated the birth of the nation on July 3 with a concert by the Colorado Symphony and a fireworks show of the roof of the City/County Building. This year, that celebration is going to look and feel a lot different.

"Where in the past we've asked you to kind of sit and enjoy a concert, this year, we're asking you to come spend time in the park and visit a bunch of small businesses," said Eric Lazzari, Executive Director of the Civic Center Conservancy.


While there are several new elements to the celebration, some aspects will stay the same. There will be DJ's providing music until the Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion Ensemble plays a patriotic medley.

"We still have the themes of culture and community and country, but this is a real opportunity to test out and experience…how can we express it in a different way?" Lazzari explained.

For the first time ever, there will be a drone show. Denver's biggest drone show with 300 machines making pictures and designs in the night sky. In addition to that there will be light projection shows on the Voorhies Memorial and the Greek Amphitheatre.  

"We're excited to see how drones look in the heart of our city and how the community reacts to that as well," Lazzari said.

Get ready for a spectacular drone show for Indy Eve 02:16

The biggest addition to this year's Indy Eve Celebration is the Night Market. Night markets or night bazaars are street markets that are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling and shopping. The concept originated in China, but has spread across the world.

"The Night Market is really an opportunity to experience a variety of food vendors, artisan vendors…really supporting small businesses," Lazzari said.

Civic Center Conservancy hosts first-ever Night Market during Indy Eve celebrations 01:46

Small businesses, like Bandwagon Sandwich Co., are excited to access a new audience. The mobile sandwich shop is owned by Randi Paulin and Jerry Cass. The couple came up with the idea of a rock 'n' roll-themed food wagon with delicacies like the "Philly Collins" and the "Jon Bon Hoagie." Puns aside, this locally owned business needs as much foot traffic as it can get, and the Night Market seems like a good fit. 

"I prefer it over daytime because it's not as hot," Paulin said with a laugh. "And, what a good way for the community to come and support local businesses because we're nothing without local businesses." 

Located along 14th Ave, the Night Market is also going to have a Family Zone which will feature games and family-friendly activities.

LINK: Indy Eve at Civic Center Park

Indy Eve is free, however, Civic Center Park will be fenced off to ensure safety. Everyone will be subject to a security screening as they enter the event. The entrance will be on Broadway between Colfax and 14th Avenue. As usual, parking around Civic Center Park will be at a premium, so the city recommends that you bike, take public transit, or use ride share to get downtown.

Roads closed around Civic Center park CBS News Colorado

Colfax Avenue will be shut down from Cherokee Street to Grant Street, so drivers should plan accordingly. Lincoln Street also will be closed from 13th Avenue to Colfax, Broadway will be closed from Colfax to 13th and 14th will be closed from Cherokee Street to Sherman Street.

For information about other 4th of July celebrations in the Denver metro area and in Northern Colorado, click here.

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