by Alissa Smith
Consider this the unlikely, yet happy marriage between a rave and a watergun fight. It's your opportunity to wear white, get some glowing water balloons or "Glow Soakers" and get drenched under the blacklight. Post-battle, enjoy dancing to a live DJ, food and drink vendors, and a damn good party. Check in at 7 p.m., event starts at 9 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., $50, blacklightwars.com/coloradospringsco.
Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival
Summertime in Colorado consists of a few constants, including lemonade, barbecue, cursing your third-floor apartment's lack of air conditioning, and a plethora of summer festivals. At the Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival, enjoy live music by Wounded Warrior Band, Milo Hayes Meld, Flyin' Libre, Ponder the Albatross and more. Let your kids explore the free Creative Station while you browse food, drink and art vendors, catering to all tastes and budgets. July 1-2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, coloradoeventsandfestivals.com.
Latin Music Fest
There's no better place to boogie to some rocking Latin tunes than Pueblo's historic Union Depot. Los Lonely Boys, a fraternal Texas-based trio, headline with their signature blues-inspired "Texican rock" sound, but they're not the only draw. Also enjoy music by traditional Spanish singer Tobias Rene and New Mexican singer/songwriter Roberto Griego. 8 p.m., Union Depot, 132 W. B St., Pueblo, $25-$55, pueblo.simpletix.com.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Summer Symphony
Attending the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's performance in Memorial Park every Fourth of July is as much a holiday tradition as potato salad and hotdogs — at least to locals. Enjoy a delightful outdoor concert with the Philharmonic and The Liberty Belles, plus food, activities, and one hell of a fireworks show. You'll want to get there early to claim the best spot and celebrate the holiday with a front-row seat. Happy birthday, 'Murica! 5:30-11:45 p.m., Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free, csphilharmonic.org.