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.
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.
The Aurora Municipal Center hosts the city’s “Fourth of July Spectacular,” a 6-10 p.m. event on July 4 featuring music, food and a fireworks display that bills itself as one of the state’s best. 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Visit aurora.gov for a list of the city’s best best fireworks viewings areas.
“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.
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.
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’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.
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’s 21st 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.
COMMERCE CITY, CO – JULY 4: Fireworks shoot off in celebration of Independence Day for spectators after an MLS match between the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 4, 2014, in Commerce City, Colorado. The Rapids and Crew finished in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post)
Fireworks at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2014.
Daniel Petty, The Denver Post
The annual Independence Eve celebration 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 Gardens will offer a dusk fireworks display visible from the surrounding areas.
Call 720-913-2000 to report illegal fireworks use in Denver.
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