Editor's note: We've dated our original post, first published on June 27, to include a flurry of additional cancellations -- well over a dozen. Find the additions listed in alphabetical order.
Fourth of July fireworks are an American tradition. But given the fire danger in Colorado, more and more communities are cancelling their extravaganzas.
So...which shows are still on. And which ones aren't going to happen?
Look below for a wide-ranging list from across the state, complete with links and descriptions courtesy of city and event websites. The info is subject to change: Note that Golden cancelled its display while we were writing this post. But here's the best current info about where to go to watch the skies light up.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Arvada will hold its annual 4th of July Community Celebration at the Stenger Sports Fields (West 58th Avenue and Oak Street)
Parking is open at 3:00 p.m. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Bring your family to this FREE event that will bring community together to honor our nation's independence. Fireworks will begin after 9:00 p.m.
DJs and live bands will keep the patriotic mood going throughout the afternoon. The celebration includes fun features including: * A kids park with inflatables, games and other fun activities. * Craft booths and games * Face painting and balloon artists * Mini Classic Car Show * Tasty food and drinks * Displays from the Marines, Arvada Fire and Pridemark Paramedics
Free parking is first come, first served beginning at 3 p.m. in the Stenger parking lot. Handicapped parking is in the Lower Lutz parking lot - enter from Oak Street. Parking is prohibited along Kipling Street.
No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets are allowed at the complex. This free event is brought to you by the Arvada Festivals Commission, the City of Arvada, KOOL 105 Radio and Apex Park and Recreation District.
For more information and updates or to volunteer, please visit www.arvadafestivals.com or call 720-898-7400.
Avon is famous for its spectacular fireworks display over Nottingham Lake! We invite you to join us for a fantastic evening of live music featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band as the headlining act and Whitewater Ramble!
Come early and spread your blanket to get the best spot to enjoy an evening of free music, food vendors, ice cold beer and the Family Zone all starting at 5:00 p.m. Over 10,000 shells will explode over Nottingham Lake at 9:45 p.m. choreographed to a unique muscial score you will not soon forget!
New This Year...event parking will be available for at the rodeo lots with direct bus service for only $10 per vehicle!
Date: July 3 Day: Wednesday Times: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Location: Harry A. Nottingham Park Fee: FREE
When: July 4, 2013
Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, 80012
Activities: Patriotic music simulcast on Studio 1430 KEZW radio
Food and beverages will be sold on site
Event Time: 6:00pm -- 10:00pm
Venue: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Ste. 5200, 303-739-7756
The Boom Town Band will play in the gazebo at Stroehle Square on the corner of Black Hawk St. and Main St., from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday. The Fourth of July fireworks display on Thursday evening will be visible from most locations throughout the City, and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the show. Fireworks begin at dusk, which is typically around 9:30 p.m., and are free and open to all ages.
The City of Black Hawk is located just 35 miles west of Denver via I-70 or U.S. Highway 6.
Wright Kingdom, CU and The City of Boulder Present Ralphie's Independence Day Blast!
Thursday, July 4th, 2013, The University of Colorado's Folsom Field
Gates open at 8:00 PM, Monarch High School Marching Band, Open Space & Mountain Parks Rangers, Mad Hops, and more!
Celebrate Independence Day with lively entertainment, free activities and dynamic family fun. Breck's Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the vibrant Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival, live music, kids' activities and so much more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center.
7News: "Fireworks will go off in Carmichael Park at dusk."
7News: "Firework display will begin around 9:30 pm at Broomfield County Commons Park."
The Colorado Rapids and Commerce City will host the 18th Annual 4thFest on Thursday, July 4th at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The fun-filled day-long event, presented by Westerra Credit Union, includes a free community festival, the match between the Rapids and New York Red Bulls, and one of the largest fireworks shows in the state
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Denver's downtown amusement park and then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.
Note: Fireworks will also be featured at the Civic Center Park on July 3, featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; the July 3 and 4 Colorado Rockies-L.A. Dodgers games at Coors Field; and the Outlaws' July 4 game at Mile High Stadium.
Salute to America -- a all-day celebration throughout downtown Durango. Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am, Freedom Fun Run at 9:00 am, Reading of the Declaration of Independence at 12:00 NOON, Family Picnic and BBQ Cook-Off 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Kids Flea Market 12:00 NOON-3:00 pm, Salute America Parade at 6:00 pm, Street Dance 6:30 pm, Fireworks at 9:15 pm.
Thursday, July 4 • 4 - 10 pm • Fireworks Show at 9:30!
Belleview Park • Cornerstone Park • Progress Park (All located near the intersection of Belleview Avenue and Windermere Street
With an emphasis on a safe night for families, police will be strictly enforcing laws prohibiting alcohol and fireworks. We also strongly encourage you to leave your pets at home.
There will be plenty of fun at the 18th Annual Family Festival and Fireworks. Activities will take place all afternoon at Belleview Park and Cornerstone Park.
NOTE: The Englewood Fire Department has issued an open burning ban. At this time, there are no plans to cancel the 4th of July Fireworks at Cornerstone Park, but organizers will review conditions and make a determination as the date gets closer.
JULY 4 FIREWORKS: Fireworks over Lake Estes 9:30p. Free.Dates: July 4, 2013
Here there's an air of tradition that starts with an annual community pancake breakfast with fixin's for all. From mid-morning to mid-afternoon there's a classic car show in the center of downtown. By late afternoon the musicians are tuned up and the crowds turn out for an annual patriotic concert at the Performance Park Amphitheater. Before long, the summer's sun has dipped behind the peaks and at 9:30 pm, explosive charges are heading skyward from the banks of Lake Estes. Locals say the best viewing spots for the free light show are from any spot where there is a view corridor toward the lake.
July 4, 2013, Miners Park, 226 Grant Ave. American Legion Auxilary Breakfast - starting at 7 a.m. Tri-Town Trot by the Carbon Valley Recreation District -- 8 a.m. Parade -- 10 a.m. 4th at Firestone Main Event -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening Concert in the Park -- 7:30-10 p.m. Fireworks at Saddleback Golf Club -- 9:30 p.m.
This year's event will include a larger Classic Car Show lining the Firestone Trail welcoming people to the event where classic cars and hot rods can be viewed in detail. Outstanding live entertainment throughout the day will include the blazing intensity of the Rebecca Folsom Band, rock, country and bluegrass sounds from Coral Creek, and a souped-up mix of blues, soul and rock from Chris Daniels & the Kings. Festival attendees will also be able to come back out to the park in the evening for a headliner concert in the park with Buckstein and dance to the group's dynamic force of country music before the night sky is lit with a spectacular fireworks display.
Approximately 9:35 pm| City Park End the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show.
We hope you will join us in the annual celebration of our country's heritage held at dusk on THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013.
The fireworks display will take place in the lot south of Safeway. The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District shoots off the fireworks as a free service to the community. Come out and enjoy the night!
7News: "This celebration will take place a few days before the 4th on Friday June 28 at Holyoke Community College. The fireworks show will begin at dusk."
Food Concessions-Hot Dogs/Chips for sale Beer & Wine garden sponsored by Samuel Adams for sale! Free Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting Bounce House, Pony Rides, Kid's Activities and more (additional fees may apply) From 5:00pm-9:00pm Free Concert by Chris Daniels & the Kings
Free Shuttle service from Flatirons Community Church to East park entrance (Emma/Caria) Limited Handicap parking available at West Park entrance on Caria
FIREWORKS SHOW AT DUSK
Red, White & You -- July 3, 2013 Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 Event Hours: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
ADDMISSION IS FREE!
5:00 p.m. -- Event begins, come enjoy: • A variety of food concessions • Beer & wine garden by The Foothills Foundation • Community exhibitor booths • Kids' bounce houses (ticketed entry)
7:30 p.m. -- Free concert featuring Chris Daniels & the Kings **NEW** Laser Light Show at the Amphitheater
9:30 p.m. -- Fireworks display by Tristate Fireworks Company
Post fireworks -- Encore, Chris Daniels & the Kings
The July 4th Festival is held annually at North Lake Park in Loveland.
2013 SCHEDULE of EVENTS:
The flag raising ceremony will take place at 10:00am by the Lone Tree School House. Boy Scout Troop 186 and The American Legion will have the honors of raising the american flag for this 4th of July celebration.
Car Show -- The northern Colorado chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America will return this year with a car show of 25 vintage collector vehicles ranging from the 1920's-1970's.
Loveland Concert Band will provide entertainment at the Norma and Lynn Hammond Amphitheater stage starting at 8:00 p.m. This 80+ member band will play many of Loveland's patriotic favorites culminating in "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the beginning of the fireworks show; set for 9:17 p.m.
Come enjoy free live local music at the first annual 4th of July Pickin' Ned Picnic at Guercio Ballfield, it's BYO blanket and food, fun will be provided with a parade, aerial circus, Nederland Fire Department barrel wars, live local music, kickball and more! Feel free to share your wares and fun lawn games at this community-wide celebration (no vendor fees)
The event was launched by Mayor Joe Gierlach in response to a request by the Board of Trustees to support an Independence Day celebration in town. The Board allocated some funding in the 2013 Budget for such an event. The Board decided to support an alternative to a fireworks display, citing concerns for fire danger and cost. Fireworks the past few years were sponsored by local community groups at a cost between $15,000 and $17,000.
Events kick off at noon, with the annual 4th of July parade downtown. All other events start at Guercio Ballfield at 1 p.m. and run through 7 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to line the parade route and join the fun. If you want to be in the parade, please join the line-up starting about 11 a.m. on East Street near the Post Office. The parade will kick off at noon.
Proximate fireworks set to music will be displayed on Webster Lake at 9:30 p.m. The best view of the fireworks will be near the lake. If the fireworks are not shot by 10 p.m. due to inclement weather, they will be fired on Friday, July 5, at 9:30 p.m.
In 2012 the HARP Foundation, in conjunction with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, presented Rollin' on the Riverwalk to thank the community of Pueblo for all its support of Pueblo's Riverwalk. Last year the music was as vibrant and electrifying as the fireworks that lit up the Pueblo Sky! This year the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra is sure to put on another amazing patriotic show!
We anticipate a record breaking crowd, a true American concert, and a monumental firework show in 2013! This is the biggest 4th of July event in Southern Colorado, So don't miss it!
Adults -- $3.00
Kids 4 to 12 -- $1.00
3 and under is FREE
Thornton Multipurpose Fields - Thursday, July 4 4 p.m. -- Beer Gardens and Food Vendors open for business 4 p.m. -- Syke 96 (2013 Thorntonfest Battle of the Bands Winner) 5:45 p.m. -- Thornton Community Band 7:25 p.m. -- Presentation of Colors 7:30 p.m. -- Kory Brunson Band 9:30 p.m.-- Parachute Jump
As soon as the parachutists land the fireworks will start.
Vail America Days
The annual 4th of July festival Vail America Days is a great place to escape the heat and spend time with the family celebrating America's Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July in a beautiful Vail, Colorado summer.
For 2013, America Days will continue to celebrate Vail's 50th Anniversary. The celebration lasts four days, featuring fireworks, the classic town parade through the pedestrian streets of Vail Village, live music, children's entertainment and an open-air street festival atmosphere.
City Park, 10475 Sheridan Blvd. Starting time: 6:00 pm Ending time: 9:30 pm
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Celebrate America's birthday and honor those who protect our freedom. Food vendors open at 6 p.m. A concert featuring Heartbeat starts at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:15p.m. Have fun in the activity area playing on the jumping castles, slides and more!
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