Look, we love Fourth of July fireworks just as much as the next patriotic pyromaniac. That’s why we’ve put together this list of notable displays around the Front Range.
But we also love personal space and non-scorched landscapes, which is why we’ve added some contact information for reporting illegal fireworks. (We know: It’s lame to snitch. But it’s also lame to burn down your neighbor’s garage or half of a park.)
Setting off fireworks — of any kind — in Denver is illegal, and the same goes for most Front Range cities.
“If you have to light it or ignite it, it’s illegal,” said Christine M. Downs, public information officer for the Denver Police Department. That includes sparklers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and virtually anything loud or cool-looking.
All of the following events are free, all-ages and open to the public unless otherwise noted. As a rule of thumb, plan to leave your pets and booze at home, and bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray.
ARVADA The city’s festival commission will take over Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex (entry at 58th Avenue and Oak Street) starting at 4 p.m. July 4 with food trucks, live entertainment and a KOOL 105 simulcast. Face painters, bouncy houses, human hamster balls and community vendors will offer family-friendly diversions. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. arvadafestivals.com.
Outside of this official display, all fireworks are illegal within city limits, and fines can run up to $1,000 per infraction. Call 720-898-6919 between June 29 and July 6 to report non-emergency fireworks use.
“Anything you have to put a match to is illegal,” said Lt. Jeff Johnson of Aurora Fire Rescue. “That includes sparklers, ground fireworks, even fountains.”
Residents can call 303-627-3100 for non-emergency police and fire reports.
BOULDER This event — a Boulder tradition since 1941 — features 8:30 p.m. entertainment from The Mighty Twisters and Mad Hops jump rope team followed by fireworks at about 9:40 p.m. All events on July 4 are at CU’s Folsom Field. Free shuttles run from downtown and the Twenty Ninth Street mall beginning at 7:30 p.m. wkre.com/boulder-4th-of-july.
Call 303-441-3333 to report illegal fireworks in Boulder.
BRIGHTON The concert and fireworks take place at Carmichael Park, 650 E. Southern St., with free kid’s activities, “group dancing” and even a laser show. Events run 4-10 p.m. July 4, with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. brightonco.gov/817/4th-of-July.
Call the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-288-1535 to report illegal fireworks in Brighton, Northglenn and Adams County.
BROOMFIELD Broomfield’s Great American Picnic kicks off at 5 p.m. July 4 in Broomfield County Commons Park and includes a children’s carnival ($3-$6 costs for certain attractions), petting zoo and food/drinks, followed by a 5:30 p.m. all-ages bike parade. A free 7:15 p.m. concert will lead into 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Limited parking on-site and additional parking available at Legacy High School, with shuttles available from 5-11 p.m. ci.broomfield.co.us.
Call 303-438-6400 to report illegal fireworks in Broomfield.
COMMERCE CITY You don’t need to buy a ticket to the Colorado Rapids game July 4 to get a view of the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (which follows the 7 p.m. game). They’re billed as the state’s largest and come as part of Commerce City’s21st annual 4thFest, a free, family-friendly event (outside of Burgundy Boulevard) with karaoke, trampolines, disc golf, human hamster balls, live music, food and drink and other diversions. Game and main events at 6000 Victory Way. coloradorapids.com.
Call 303-288-1535 to report illegal fireworks in Commerce City.
DENVER The annualIndependence Evecelebration at Civic Center offers first-come, first-served lawn seating for its free concert (i.e. blankets and chairs), a City and County Building light show and the 8 p.m. fireworks display July 3.civiccenterconservancy.org. On July 4 on the other side of downtown, Elitch Gardenswill offer a dusk fireworks display visible from the surrounding areas.
Call 720-913-2000 to report illegal fireworks use in Denver.
ENGLEWOOD Leave the pets and booze at home for this family-friendly July 4 event that spans Belleview and Cornerstone parks, featuring a pirate’s cove, miniature train and kiddie farm ($1.75 per go-round). Food, batting cages, miniature golf and more round out the perks, with 9:30 p.m. fireworks. englewoodgov.org.
Call 303-761-7410 to report illegal fireworks in Englewood.
ERIE For those looking to get more than one fireworks display in the bag, theErie-Vista Extravaganza also takes place July 3 at Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway. Activities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Call Boulder County Dispatch at 303-441-4444 to report illegal fireworks in Erie.
GOLDEN Lions Park Ballfields plays host to this city’s 9:35 p.m. fireworks display July 4, which is more vulnerable to wind-related cancellation based on Golden’s proximity to open spaces (don’t worry: if it’s canceled, it will be rescheduled). A noon-11 p.m. festival leads up to the display with rides, face painting, live music and food/drinks. 1300 10th St. cityofgolden.net.
Call 303-384-8045 to report illegal fireworks in Golden.
GLENDALE Four Mile Historic Park is offering fireworks July 1 as part of its old-timey Independence Celebration. The 5-10 p.m. event includes historic games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Food trucks and a beer garden will be on site. fourmilepark.org/events.
Call 303-759-1511 to report illegal fireworks in Glendale.
FORT COLLINS The city’s July 4 celebration includes a 10 a.m. parade along Mountain Avenue and a celebration at City Park with live music beginning at 4:15 p.m. The fireworks are set to begin about 9:35 p.m. over Sheldon Lake. Pets, alcohol, smoking and personal fireworks are not permitted in City Park. For a complete list of Fourth of July community activities,visitfcgov.com/july4th.
Use of all fireworks is illegal — including sparklers and snakes. Possession and storage of fireworks is also prohibited. A violation could result in a fine up to $2,750. Representatives from Fort Collins Police Services and Poudre Fire Authority will be out on fireworks patrol on and around July 4. Call 970-221-6540 to report illegal fireworks.
JEFFERSON COUNTY Can’t wait until July 4 and living in Jefferson County? Head to Littleton’s Red, White & Youevent from 5-10 p.m. July 1 at Clement Park (7306 W. Bowles Ave.). Food, adult beverages, exhibitor booths, the Wash Park Band and a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show round out the event. ifoothills.org/events. Also for JeffCo: Bandimere Speedway’s Jet Car Nationals & Family Festival on July 2, which costs $14-$55 (children 5 and under are free), but which will be easy to view from almost anywhere in Morrison or along C-470.
Jefferson County’s Fire Information Hotline includes fireworks-violation reporting at 303-271-8200.
LAFAYETTE The ubiquitous Chris Daniels & the Kings will open this 4-10 p.m. July 4 event at Waneka Lake, 1600 Caria Drive in Lafayette. The music, face painting and 9:30 p.m. fireworks are free, but fees apply for food, beer and kid-friendly inflatables and pony rides. No shuttle service. lafayettecolorado.com.
Call 303-665-5571 to report illegal fireworks in Lafayette.
LONGMONT While the closest seats to Longmont’s 9:30 p.m. fireworks show July 4 undoubtedly will be at Boulder County Fairgrounds (9595 Nelson Road), the city also suggests parking at a nearby shopping center and walking to the fenced area in front of Jack Murphy Arena (or watching from anywhere within a mile of the fairgrounds). Handicap-accessible parking is available at the fairground’s Nelson Road (south side of facility) entrance. Bonus: Don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s free Independence Day Concert at noon in Olde Town Thompson Park, Bross Street and Fourth Avenue. longmontcolorado.gov.
Call 303-651-8501 to report illegal fireworks in Longmont.
LOUISVILLE Coal Creek Golf Course will host Louisville’s July 4 festivities, including live music, food trucks and concessions, a bouncy castle, games, free face painting and more. While no parking is available at the golf course, free shuttles will be provided 6-11 p.m. from the Louisville Recreation Center and Home Depot parking lots. louisvilleco.gov.
Call Boulder County Dispatch at 303-441-4444 to report illegal fireworks in Louisville and Nederland.
NORTHGLENN Wake up early for Northglenn’s 4th of July Family Festival, which begins at 7 a.m. with a Boy Scout pancake breakfast followed by the Patriotic Pooch Parade, a four-mile run, the Bike, Trike & Wheelchair Parade, kids fun area, car show, live music and bake sale. Food and community booths open at noon, while fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Webster Lake in E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park across from City Hall, 11801 Community Center Dr. northglenn.org/july4th.
Call 303-288-1535 to report illegal fireworks use in Northglenn.
PARK HILL OK, so there’s no fireworks display in Park Hill, but there is this charming, Norman Rockwell-ish parade that unites this diverse neighborhood. The seventh annual event, which begins at 1 p.m. July 4, stretches from Dexter to Krameria Street on 23rd Avenue and ends with a 3 p.m. street fair on the 2200 block of Kearney Street featuring food, music and kids activities. parkhillparade.org.
Call 720-913-2000 to report illegal fireworks in Park Hill, North Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill.
PARKER Parker’s “Let Freedom Sing!” event mostly takes place on the later side (6-10 p.m.) July 4, offering free bounce houses and “inflatable activities,” local food, live music and what the city is calling “Parker’s biggest and best fireworks display to date,” around 9:30 p.m. at Salisbury Park, 11920 Motsenbocker Road parkeronline.org.
Call 303-841-9800 to report illegal fireworks in Parker.
THORNTON How’s this for spectacle? Nighttime skydivers will jump at 9:30 p.m. July 4 over Carpenter Park (11000 Colorado Blvd.) and the moment they land, the fireworks start. Family activities begin at 4 p.m. with food/drink, live music, a presentation of colors and more. Paved and unpaved parking is available in the lots south of the Carpenter Park Fields and west of 108th Avenue. cityofthornton.net.
Call 720-977-5150 to report illegal fireworks in Thornton.
WESTMINSTER The usual lineup of kid’s activities and food vendors, plus a car show and live music (from the seemingly immortal Nacho Men), will lead up to the 9:15 p.m. fireworks show on July 4 at City Park Soccer Fields, 10475 Sheridan Blvd. Parking is limited, and organizers recommend using a free shuttle from various locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills (locations at ci.westminster.co.us). City Park Soccer Fields, 10475 Sheridan Blvd.
Call 303-658-4360 to report non-emergency fireworks use in Westminster.
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