I am traveling to Denver for the 4th with two friends (arriving Fri 7/4, leaving Sun 7/6). What would be some good areas to look at for lodging that would be close to some nightlife as well as some of the main attractions in downtown Denver? We are late 20s / early 30s. (I saw quite a few posts mentioning The Curtis, but that is out of our price range.)
Also, are there any events going on over the 4th we should be aware of - festivals or fireworks displays?
Lastly, we are planning to rent a car as we will be exploring greater Denver from Sun-Tue, but debating whether to wait to get the car until we leave downtown on Sunday. Is there easy transportation to downtown from the airport? How much is it to park a car downtown for two nights?