COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The Colorado Rapids, in conjunction with Commerce City, announced today that the club will host their 24th annual 4thFest Celebration with a post-game fireworks display at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, July 4. The Independence Day holiday game, which has been a tradition for the club since its inception 26 years ago, will once again be accompanied by the state’s largest public fireworks display postgame.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back one of our most cherished club traditions,” said Alyssa Bruno, Rapids VP of Marketing. “It’s an event we look forward to the moment the season schedule is announced and we’re thrilled to once again partner with Commerce City to host 4thFest and share in our community’s 4th of July celebrations.”
“Commerce City looks forward to hosting the largest fireworks show in the state with the Colorado Rapids,” said Commerce City Mayor Benjamin Huseman. “We’re excited to celebrate Independence Day with the community this year and look forward to a safe return to the summer event season.”
This year’s iteration will mark the first time the Rapids host a match at full capacity since March 7, 2020, after the club announced the capacity increase earlier in the week. The Rapids, who are 13-6-5 (W-L-D) all-time in 4thFest games, will host current Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders FC with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT.
The July 4th match will also serve as a special moment in club history, as the Rapids will retire Pablo Mastroeni’s jersey number during a ceremony held during halftime. Mastroeni, a three-time MVP with the Rapids, captained the club to the 2010 MLS Cup and is the team’s all-time appearances leader. The former midfielder featured in two FIFA World Cups with the U.S. Men’s National Team and also served as the Rapids’ head coach from 2014-2017 following his retirement from playing. Mastroeni’s number 25 will be the first jersey number to be retired in club history.
Tickets to the July 4 match will be available to the general public beginning Friday, June 4. Click here to buy now.