We’re excited to announce this year’s schedule of events for Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast! Gates open at 8:00pm, so be sure to get there early to catch all the awesome vibes.
With the energy and talent to bring a party to life, Funkiphino infuses explosive horn lines, old-school Hammond organ sounds, and pumpin’ bass with intoxicating vocal harmonies. This will be their first year playing at the Boulder 4th of July event, but as some of their past events include the 55th Presidential Inaugural Ball, the Denver Broncos Superbowl Party, and many local Boulder events and festivals, they are no stranger to the big stage. Manager Jessica Fischer says the band is excited to play Folsom Field and create lasting memories for all our guests!
Live interview with Channel 8
School of Rock, Boulder
Our returning musicians, School of Rock, will take the stage with a handpicked group of student musicians to entertain us with well-known songs and rhythms. This band brings guitars, drums, vocals and more to energize and honor our country’s birth. School of Rock, Boulder is a local franchise of the national School of Rock organization - a music school focusing on teaching the gift of music to all ages through classes, workshops, camps and performances.
Jeff and Paige – Open Space and Mountain Parks
Jeff and Paige from Open Space and Mountain Parks will lead us in the sing-along portion of our evening. Singing patriotic tunes, their interactive, audience-delighting style will bring energy and character to the stage. Jeff and Paige work with Open Space and Mountain Parks to bring science and nature to life through music and stories. Their videos, CDs, and live performances are entertaining and educational.
Pearl Street Jive
This Lindy Hop dance team comprised of local, competitive dancers will break up the musical selections throughout the night. Born in 1928 in Harlem, New York, Lindy Hop is a type of swing dance that has evolved out of vintage street dance styles such as jazz and Charleston. A fairly new group to the Boulder/Longmont area, the dancers themselves have been perfecting their art for years and perform at local venues, as well as compete at national competitions. With a mission to connect, inspire and strengthen individuals, Pearl Street Jive is quickly becoming a local favorite!
The National Anthem will be performed by returning vocalists, Natasha and Shawn. Known locally for their musical performances at the Flatirons Community Church, Beat Frequency is known nationally for their performances on America’s Got Talent, X-Factor and The Voice. Their aggressive, rock-infused, danceable pop style have been creating fans all over the country. Their ability to take one of the most critically watched, challenging songs and perform it with absolute perfection live on stage at Folsom Field will be fun for the whole audience.
Boy Scout Troop #72
Our color guards for the night, Boy Scout Troop #72, will present the American flag in honor of July 4th.
This year WK Real Estate will once again sponsor the fireworks show starting around 9:35pm (weather permitting). Western Enterprises will choreograph our dazzling, magical, colorful display. After pyrotechnicians create the plan to consider style, design, timing, site layout and safety considerations, our show is carefully choreographed to music to create the best atmosphere in the stadium.
Boulder Optimist Club
Our volunteer group, the Boulder Optimist Club will assist us in collecting donations at the gate. Although WK Real Estate is the premier sponsor of the fireworks display and Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is a free event for the public, CU relies on donations to cover the expense of such things as staff, security, facilities and transportation. Consider donating today to “Boulder4th” via Venmo or by texting “Fireworks” to 855-735-2437.
4th on Pearl
Looking for something to do before 8:00pm on July 4th? Check out 4th on Pearl. Starting at 12:00pm, 4th on Pearl features live music, activities and an extended beer garden. Artists include the Hazel Miller Band, Many Mountains, and Sonic Arcade. Free bus service on the Hop will provide transportation from 4th on Pearl to Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast.