On Thursday, June 28, Denver tied its all-time hottest temperature on record, with the mercury soaring to 105 degrees at the official observation site at Denver International Airport. Couple that with a bone-dry June to date, and many Fourth of July plans — including fireworks — could be at risk.
Burn bans are in place across most of Colorado, something that'll surely impact campers hoping to head up for the Fourth and the weekend after it. If you're looking to camp and still have a fire, only the far northern counties in Colorado are currently without a burn ban, which are in place because of a hot, dry stretch in Colorado, one that's already triggered several wildfires and could create more.
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Through last Thursday, Denver had only seen 0.43 inches of rainfall so far this month, less than a quarter of what we typically should have in that time span. Additionally, monthly temperatures in Denver were running 5.4 degrees above average through Thursday, making last month the second-warmest June on record. That all creates a tricky environment for colorful explosions.
Grand Lake just joined the roster of Colorado municipalities that have cancelled their fireworks displays. Here's our list of other cities whose official fireworks shows have been canceled because of the dry conditions:
1. Alamosa (postponed to late summer/early fall)
2. Aspen (drone show instead)
4. Basalt (not canceled but unlikely to have fireworks)
5. Beaver Creek
7. Buena Vista
8. Cañon City
9. Castle Rock
10. Copper Mountain
12. Crested Butte
17. Glenwood Springs
19. Idaho Springs (rescheduled for December 1)
22. Mantiou Springs
24. Pagosa Springs
25. Palmer Lake
29. Snowmass (unlikely to have fireworks)
30. Steamboat Springs (laser show instead)
33. Woodland Park
More shows are likely to get canceled at the last minute; be sure to check on the particular show you want to see before you head out.