Where to Find 4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in 2012
UPDATE: Due to the extreme fire hazard conditions in Colorado all PERSONAL Fireworks are prohibited! Please alert friends, family and neighbors to this fact. Fines for abuse are stiff and worse yet is the possibility of harm that can be caused. Thank you!
P.S. If you think you can get away with setting off a few fireworks, think again. People are watching and listening and ready to turn in those who disrespect the law and put others in jeopardy.
The Law: Under the International Fire Code, Section #33, (Adopted by the City & County of Denver)
- 3301.1.3 “possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited”
- 3301.2.2 “No person shall construct, a retail display, nor offer for sale…explosive materials, or fireworks”
- 3302.1 Definition-Fireworks
“Any composition or device for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect for entertainment purposes by combustion, deflagration or detonation…, 1.4G Fireworks, formerly known as Class C, or 1.3G Fireworks, formerly known as Class B-Special Fireworks.
If you have to light or ignite, it’s illegal!!!
The State of Colorado has a fire ban and firework shows are being cancelled in many locations around Colorado. Some areas have obtained special permits for their Fourth of July Celebrations. Please confirm with the city you plan to visit before assuming the show will go on. Here’s a list of currently scheduled firework shows:
Most Independence Day Celebrations are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, 2012 unless otherwise noted.
Arvada (Fireworks are cancelled, but the celebration activities will continue!)
Arvada’s annual Fourth of July celebration of the Spirit of America will continue on Wednesday, July 4 at the Lutz/Stenger Complex, W. 58th Avenue and Oak St. just west of Kipling, starting at 4:00 p.m. Festivities organized by Arvada Festivals Commission, the City of Arvada, KOOL105 Radio, and Apex Park and Recreation District include live music, kids’ amusements, a classic car show, a military display, great food, and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is Free. Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis (including handicapped parking) beginning at 3:00 P.M. in the Lutz and Stenger parking lots.Call 720-898-7400, or go to Arvada.org for more information.
Aurora (Opted out of Fireworks due to Fire Hazard!)
Aurora has received written approval from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to continue as planned with the 4th of July Spectacular fireworks display, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. All activities, live music and entertainment take place on Aurora’s Great Lawn located on the west side of the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, on Wednesday, July 4. Free activities for kids abound with face painters, balloon twists, a stilt walker and craft making throughout the evening. Don’t forget to tune your radios to Studio 1430 KEZW, our radio partner, where you can hear the fireworks choreographed to classic beats. Limited seating is available on the Aurora Municipal Center lawn. The fireworks also may be viewed from surrounding areas. Best viewing locations include east of Potomac Street, south of Sixth Avenue, north of Mississippi Avenue and west of Buckley Road. Visit AuroraGov.org or call 303-326-8FUN.
Boulder (CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE CONDITIONS)
Fireworks spectacular at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado with Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Fireworks, choreographed to live music, begin at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. and program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the fireworks display is free. For more information about parking and shuttle buses, go to Boulder4thofJuly.com.
Fireworks at Friendship Park on 8th and Southern St. on July 4. We will “Brighten the Brighton” sky at 9 p.m. Come at 6 p.m. and enjoy the music, concessions and other activities in the park. For more information, call the event hotline: (720) 685-7339. Learn more at BrightonCo.gov
Great American Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Broomfield County Commons, located at 132nd and Sheridan on July 4. We start our celebration at 6 p.m. with children’s entertainment and carnival games. At 7 p.m. enjoy a free concert. Bring your picnic dinner or enjoy a hot dog grilled to perfection for a minimal cost at the park. After the concert, at dusk, the fireworks display begins, approximately 9:15 p.m. at the Broomfield Commons. For additional information, call (303)-464-5530 or visit broomfield.org/events.
Castle Rock (Fireworks show cancelled, festivities to continue)
The Meadows neighborhood will host its 4th of July party at Metzler Ranch Park, 4175 Trail Boss Road, on July 4. It’s a holiday helping of family fun with kids events, live entertainment and of course, a fireworks show. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The best view will be from within the park, 4175 Trail Boss Road, though other areas with views of the park also will have views of the fireworks. The display will last about a half-hour. The website for the event is the website for the Town of Castle Rock.
On July 4, the fireworks will start after the Rapids game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Free family festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. with a kid’s circus, karaoke, live 80s band, zip line, mechanical bull, climbing wall and many other activities for all to enjoy. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. from Dick’s Sporting Good Park. Tune into 92.5 The Wolf to hear music show along with the fireworks! More information available at To learn more go to ColoradoRapids.com or to the official website 4thFestColorado.com or call 303-727-3500.
Denver (Still on, officials feel urban areas are not in danger)
Celebrate Independence Day at Sports Authority at Mile High with the Denver Outlaws on July 4, 2012! See the Outlaws take on expansion team the Ohio Machine and stay after the game for the largest close-proximity fireworks show in the city. Tickets start at just $15 and can be purchased at denveroutlaws.com or by calling 303-OUTLAWS!
The Colorado Rockies will have fireworks after their games on FRIDAY, June 29 and SATURDAY, June 30. Buy tickets online at ColoradoRockies.com
Blues Traveler concert on July 4 begins at 6 p.m. Red Rocks provides a good view of the fireworks show downtown. For more information go to RedRocksOnline.com
The 18th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival will be taking place July 6-8. The arts festival weekend event is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. The CCAF is located in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Business District, from 2nd to 3rd, on the six streets starting on Clayton through Steele. Learn more info at CherryArts.org.
Fireworks display will be launched from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th and can be seen from Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks. There will also be games, entertainment, food and fishing on hand starting at 11 a.m.. To see the full schedule, call (303)762-2680 or go to City of Englewood. As a reminder, all alcohol, glass containers, pets and fireworks are strictly prohibited.
4th At Firestone will be held on July 4th ends with fireworks launched from Saddleback Golf Course at 9:30p.m.The event will feature a parade with over 60 entries, vendor and craft exhibitors. Free live music, prizes, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area by Tri-State Fireworks. For more information call 303-833-3291 or go to http://www.ci.firestone.co.us/.
Clear Creek Fire Authority Fire Chief has CANCELED the fireworks in Georgetown because of the fire danger.
Fireworks are scheduled for TUESDAY, July 3rd at 8 p.m. There will be a festival at Whole Foods that day—please contact Whole Foods Glendale for more information. As in years past, the fireworks will be launched from Creekside Park at E. Virginia Ave. and S. Clermont St. Best viewing is at Cherry and Exposition. Come early to play in the new park just south of the Infinity Park stadium; and then walk up Cherry Street to snag your favorite viewing location because views of the fireworks will be limited from Infinity Park South. Call 303-759-1513 or go to the city’s website for more information.
Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Lions Park, located 10th and Maple Streets. The Golden Lions Club will sponsor the day’s activities at Lions Park. Park in the outlying parking lots to avoid the congestion on 10th St. after the fireworks. Entertainment will be provided all day from various bands. Drawings for door prizes, children’s rides and food will also carry on throughout the day. For more information go to GoldenLionsClub.org or call the Golden Chamber of Commerce at 303-279-3113.
Green Valley Ranch
Fireworks on July 4 at the Amphitheater and Plaza at Oakwood Homes area. There will be food, live music and fun. To learn more, go to GVRCO.com or call 303-595-8747.
The fireworks over Bridal Veil Falls and Charlie Tayler Waterwheel have been CANCELED. For more information, go to ClearCreekCounty.org
Canceled due to fire ban.
This wonderful July 4th celebration is free to the public and will take place from 4 pm – 10pm at Waneka Lake; 1600 Caria Dr. in Lafayette. The celebration will include free kid’s activities, live entertainment, food concessions, lawn games and fireworks at dusk. Donations are being accepted for the fireworks show, contributions are trickling in but we have a long way to go. There are many ways that you can donate. Visit LafayetteColorado.com or call at 303-666-9555.
Lakewood (WHILE OUR FIREWORKS DISPLAY FOR 2012 HAS BEEN CANCELLED
OUR FESTIVAL IS STILL ON! WE HAVE A LOT TO CELEBRATE!
OUR TROOPS, OUR STATE AND THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR NATION.)
Celebrate Lakewood on Parade on July 3! Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. This will be held at the Jefferson County Sports Stadium located at 500 Kipling Street and 6th Avenue. Food, live entertainment, activities for kids. Learn more at LakewoodonParade.org.
Littleton (All Fireworks displays in Arapahoe County have been prohibited. This event has been cancelled!)
Celebrate Red, White and You on TUESDAY, July 3, 2012 at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave. from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Go to ifoothills.org for more information.
The 17th annual Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks Show will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks near the intersection of Belleview and Windermere. With an emphasis on a safe night for families, there will be strict enforcement of laws prohibiting alcohol and personal fireworks. Pets are strongly discouraged. Learn more at Littletongov.org.
Lone Tree (Cancelled Fireworks, but enjoy the Activities at the Park!)
The City of Lone Tree’s Independence Day event will continue without fireworks following the decision made by Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver and input from the Executive Board of the Douglas County Fire Chiefs Association to prohibit professional fireworks displays. Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order D2012-015 imposed a statewide ban on open burning, including a statewide prohibition on the use of fireworks. Included in the order is the authority for the sheriff of each county to grant exception to this prohibition if a particular use is deemed safe and subject to mitigation.
Under the current Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in place in the City of Lone Tree and throughout Douglas County and surrounding municipalities, the use and sale of personal fireworks is also prohibited. The ban on personal fireworks will be strictly enforced by the Lone Tree Police Department and use of fireworks within the City of Lone Tree will be cited and any fireworks will be confiscated. The use of fireworks may result in criminal charges including arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and violation of the Lone Tree Municipal Code, Article V, related to open fires and burning restrictions, as well as civil penalties for damages caused from the fireworks.
Lone Tree’s Independence Day Celebration:
The City of Lone Tree’s Independence Day Celebration will continue as planned on July 4th beginning at 3:00 pm with the children’s free bike decorating activity followed by the bike parade at 4:00 pm.
The event officially opens at 4:00 pm at Sweetwater Park and includes musical entertainment from Raising Cain and The Six Million Dollar Band and a large amount of free activities including quad bungee trampolines, climbing walls, face painters, caricature artists, airbrush artists, inflatables, clowns, a petting zoo and the popular Celebration Hat making activity. Food vendors will be onsite to sell refreshments. All activities will conclude in the park at 8:30 pm.
Independence Day Wristbands Required:
Due to safety concerns associated with overcrowding at Sweetwater Park, wristbands are still required to enter the event. Each household in Lone Tree and Acres Green can pick up four (4) wristbands for free and with a $5 contribution to Hearts Across the Miles an additional four (4) wristbands may be purchased. Hearts Across the Miles is a local nonprofit who provides support for American troops overseas.
Wristbands are available for collection and purchase at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree during the following dates and times:
June 27-28 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 29 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
July 2-3 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 4 4:00 pm at Sweetwater Park (at the south entry, off Sweetwater Road)
Lone Tree’s Plan to Reschedule Fireworks:
The City of Lone Tree intends to reschedule the fireworks display to another date, but current weather conditions and the predicted future forecast has made it difficult to select a date. City of Lone Tree staff and the South Metro Fire Department will work together to find a suitable date for the fireworks display when the risk of fire is low.
Fireworks on July 4 at Coal Creek Golf Course, 545 West Dillon Road. There’s no parking at the golf course. Free shuttle from Louisville Recreation Center and Home Depot. Call 303-335-4536 or go to http://www.ci.louisville.co.us for more information.
Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. over Webster Lake at E.B Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 117th Avenue and Community Center Drive (S.E corner of 120th and I-25.) Scheduled activities include a pancake breakfast, a bake sale, a kids’ fun area with inflatables and a military recognition. Pedal boats will be available for rent throughout the day and during the fireworks show. Call 303-450-8713 for more information or go to Northglenn.org.
Parker (Cancelled due to Fire Danger)
Fireworks display at Thornton Multipurpose Fields at East 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard at 9:35 p.m. Events prior to fireworks include walk-around entertainers, food and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. and a parachute jump just before fireworks go off. Call 303-255-7800 or CityofThornton.net for more information.
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