If you’re a fan of fireworks, this year’s Fourth of July could fizzle, fast. Most of the big shows — in Black Hawk, in Glendale, in Aurora — have been canceled or postponed because of concerns over COVID-19. But there are options, particularly if you're willing to drive the the suburbs (or beyond).
To see fireworks in person, try these spots:
Fourth of July Bandimere: Although Littleton's Red, White and You bash is canceled, Bandimere Speedway will host the Jet Car Nationals on Saturday, July 4, and that includes a fireworks show starting at 9:45 p.m. Tickets to the event are $18 to $33, with parking $15 — but if you can snag a spot near C-470 and Morrison Road, you can see these for free. And there could be some unanticipated fireworks: Bandimere is under orders from Jefferson County to obey state safety guidelines, which holds the crowd inside to just 175 people. Follow the action here.
Fourth of July Brighton: The show starts at dusk on Saturday, July 4, and is offered in a “home edition.” That means you’ll be able to view the pyrotechnics three ways — looking toward east Brighton or streaming on the city’s website and Facebook page. Find out more at brightonco.gov.
Fourth of July Castle Rock: A brief fireworks display will launch from Santa Fe Quarry Mesa; the free show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. on July 4, can be seen from most locations in town; go to crgov.com for information.
Fourth of July Firestone: The eighteenth annual 4th at Firestone starts at 6:30 p.m. July 4 in Miner's Park, with fireworks set for 9:30 p.m. Find out more here.
Fourth of July Highlands Ranch: A thirty-minute show will launch at dusk on July 4 from Mountain Vista High School.
Forth of July Loveland. The Ranch Events Complex will host a drive-in style fireworks show that starts at 9:15 p.m.
Fourth of July Parker: A thirty-minute show will begin at dusk on July 4 near the Pinery south of town.
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Fourth of July Windsor: Fireworks will be launched from the highest point in town starting at 9:10 p.m. on July 4; go to recreationliveshere.com.
Some private country clubs in the area are still hosting shows; another option is to grab a spot right outside the gates!
And finally, the grand Independence Eve celebration traditionally held in Civic Center Park, went virtual last night as “Together in Hope,” a partnership of Denver7, the Civic Center Conservancy, Community First Foundation and a variety of local performing arts organizations, chief among them the Colorado Symphony. The Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance all collaborated on the project with the Colorado Symphony, and the results include mezzo-soprano Michelle deYoung singing “God Bless America” with the Colorado Symphony String Ensemble at Red Rocks; and instrumental pieces with the Colorado Symphony Brass Ensemble, also at Red Rocks. This show will repeat at 7 p.m. July 4; find out more here.
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