Over 168,386 scorched acres and almost a dozen fires later, most of Colorado has cancelled or suspended their 4th of July fireworks celebrations and Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive open fire and fireworks ban, but luckily that doesn't mean they're all gone.
The executive order does permit professional fireworks displays with written permission from county sheriffs.
So a few cities are preserving their professional fireworks shows and presenting donation opportunities for first responders and evacuees of the wildfires. There will be a fireworks show after the Colorado Rapids game on July 4th in Commerce City, fireworks in Alamosa, a "Great American Picnic" in Broomfield, fireworks at Elitch Gardens, a picturesque show over Lake Dillon and a few more.
Just a few miles from the High Park Fire, Fort Collins is one of the more than 40 cities that decided to forego their fireworks celebration while keeping other activities.
“The City wanted to avoid prematurely canceling this long standing community tradition, but with the extreme nature of fires currently burning across our state in addition to a 10-day forecast with no expected reprieve, we believe this to be the most prudent course of action,” City Manager Darin Atteberry said.
In Firestone, one of the cities pursuing their fireworks display, Police Chief David Montgomery sent out a message reminding residents that the police department will be issuing citations on the 4th to violators of the ban, but also saying that, weather permitting, the show will go on.
See Colorado's available July 4th fireworks displays below.
<a href="http://www.alamosarec.org/" target="_hplink">Alamosa Fairgrounds will host their annual July 4th fireworks </a>display around 9 p.m. (or when it gets dark). Alamosa will host a pancake breakfast, parade and family activities.
<a href="http://www.broomfield.org/recreation/special/fourthofjuly.shtml" target="_hplink">Broomfield's Great American Picnic and fireworks display</a> will be held at the Broomfield County Commons on July 4. <br> The City and County of Broomfield partnered with North Metro Fire to raise funds for the first responders and evacuees of the Colorado wildfires at the Great American Picnic. There will be children's entertainment, carnival games, a free concert, grilled food, fundraisers and a bike parade.
The <a href="http://www.coloradorapids.com/news/2012/07/fireworks-still-following-rapids-annual-4thfest-celebration" target="_hplink">fireworks are still on after the Rapids v. Vancouver game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City</a>. <br> "The Rapids' fireworks display during 4th Fest here in Commerce City has become a great tradition," said Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey. "We're working in close communication with Commerce City and the Adams County Sherriff's Department to make sure our fireworks display is done with safety as the foremost priority, and without drawing resources away from the state's wildfire-fighting efforts. We're looking forward to the fireworks as part of another exciting and safe event here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park." Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=513901676834&set=o.11106436090&type=3" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>.
While Denver's Civic Center Park fireworks have been rescheduled for July 3, and fireworks were cancelled at the Denver Country Club, Independence Day at Sports Authority at Mile High with the Denver Outlaws is still going on July 4, 2012. Stay after the game for fireworks.<br> Elitch Gardens is also hosting a 4th of July fireworks celebration at dusk with regular admission prices. <br> The Colorado Rockies hosted fireworks displays June 29 and June 30. <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150241208342954&set=a.10150241207097954.335068.61865302953&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>
<a href="http://www.townofdillon.com/index.aspx?page=65" target="_hplink">Fireworks over Lake Dillon</a> are still ongoing with a children's bike parade, pie and watermelon eating contests and a boat parade with music from a live orchestra.
Saddleback Golf Course At Firestone
Saddleback Golf Course will host fireworks around 9:30 p.m. on the 4th with a parade, arts and crafts vendors, car show, live music and prizes.<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=223315241054791&set=a.223314071054908.67856.190724364313879&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>
<a href="http://www.fortlupton.org/" target="_hplink">Fort Lupton fireworks</a> begin at dusk on July 4 on Rollie Avenue. <b> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151055076242652&set=a.10151055076222652.492172.330920672651&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>
<a href="http://www.gunnison-co.com/" target="_hplink">Gunnison fireworks</a> will go off at dusk at Jorgensen Park on July 4th with a beer garden, food and music beginning at 4 p.m.
Loveland is still planning to move forward with their <a href="http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/index.aspx?page=759" target="_hplink">"Lake Loveland Thunder" professional fireworks</a> display on July 4th following an 8 p.m. "Star Spangled Spectacular" concert. <br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1439334023674&set=o.73679105966&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>
<a href="http://www.northglenn.org/july4th" target="_hplink">Northglenn is hosting their 4th of July fireworks</a> over Webster Lake at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park with a Patriotic Pooch Parade, a 4.5 mile run, bike-trike-and-wheelchair parade, kids' fun area and pedal boat rentals.
Pueblo is putting together a <a href="http://www.puebloharp.com/events/upcoming-events/rollin-on-the-riverwalk" target="_hplink">"Rollin' On The Riverwalk"</a> with music and fireworks to boot. <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150792554242761&set=a.10150611595822761.381100.357329187760&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>
Thornton will also have a <a href="http://www.cityofthornton.net/Festivals/Pages/FourthofJuly.aspx" target="_hplink">wildfire donation opportunity at their 4th of July</a> fireworks celebration. There will be a beer garden, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, food vendors and a parachute jump.
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