4th of July fireworks: Where to see fireworks shows in Colorado

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jun 29, 2018

Many communities around Colorado have canceled their Independence day fireworks displays due to high fire danger this year but we've rounded up a list of where you can still see a good show for the 4th of July.

Below is a list of the fireworks shows we're aware of (including those that are canceled), sorted alphabetically:

ADAMS COUNTY -- Tuesday, July 3

See Brighton below.

ALAMOSA – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

There will be an Independence Day Celebration with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and a Main Street parade. This year’s theme is Indpendence Day the Valley Way. But there will be no fireworks this year.

ARVADA – Wednesday, July 4

Arvada will only host a fireworks show this year, saying that organizing an all-day event has become “increasingly difficult” in recent years due to volunteer and city staffing numbers. Gates open to vehicles at 7 p.m. and fireworks start around 9 p.m. at the Stenger Sports Complex (W. 58th Ave. and Oak St.)

ASPEN – Wednesday, July 4 

Rather than fireworks, Aspen will this year host a drone light show, in which dozens of drones dance across the sky choreographed to music. The drone light show starts at 9:15 p.m. at Wagner Park and will be followed by a performance by the band Thievery Corporation at Belly Up. The rest of the day beforehand will be filled with other family events. Last year’s fireworks were canceled because of fire restrictions.

AURORA – Wednesday, July 4

The city will host its Fourth of July Spectacular from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. There will be musical entertainment from Narrow Gauge and Syndicate from 6 to 9:30, which will be followed by the fireworks show at 9:30. It’s the only place you can watch fireworks in Aurora, as they are banned in the rest of the city.

AVON – Tuesday, July 3 (no fireworks)

Update: Avon had canceled its fireworks display.

Avon’s Salute to the USA celebration is sponsored by Alpine Bank and will run from 5 p.m. until about 10 p.m. There will be a host of family-friendly events and food, as well as live music from the Dearling Band and Arapahoe Philharmonic.

BEAVER CREEK – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Update: Beaver Creek has canceled its fireworks show.

There will be free slides, bounce houses and a kids zone that run through the afternoon, starting at noon. There will also be food and drinks in Centennial Park.

BENNETT - (no fireworks)

There are no fireworks events scheduled in Bennett this year. There is an open burning ban in effect for the town, however, so don’t light any of your own. Town offices are closed on July 4.

BLACK HAWK – Wednesday, July 4

Black Hawk will host its Boom Town fireworks special that the city touts as “the largest display in Colorado.” The city says that weather and restrictions permitting, the display will start at 9:30 p.m.

BOULDER - Wednesday, July 4

There are a host of July 4 events scheduled in Boulder this year, including the 5/10K Craig Towler Freedom Run, 4th on Pearl, Chautauqua’s 120th birthday, and a fireworks display at Folsom Field that will begin at dark. Doors for fireworks open at 8 p.m.

BRECKENRIDGE – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

The town of Breckenridge has already canceled its fireworks display this year because of dry conditions and a dry forecast. Fireworks are prohibited in town limits as well. But the 10K trail run, mountain bike race and parade are still scheduled to take place, with other family events as well.

BRIGHTON – Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4

The Stars & Stripes Independence Day celebration at Riverdale Regional Park takes place on July 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Brighton’s Fourth of July Community Celebration will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4 at Carmichael Park, just behind Brighton City Hall. There will be free activities for kids, food, music and more. Fireworks will begin at dark.

BROOMFIELD – Wednesday, July 4

Activities begin around 5 p.m. at Broomfield County Commons Park with activities for children, a beer garden and live music. The fireworks display is set to begin at 9:30 p.m., weather and fire bans permitting.

BRUSH – July 2, 3 and 4

The Brush rodeo kicks off on Monday with barbecue and a beer garden, along with other rodeo activities. The same schedule is set for Tuesday, July 3. Independence Day will start with a pancake breakfast, a parade, and the day will include a water fight, a museum open house, more rodeo displays and a 9:30 p.m. firework display.

BUENA VISTA – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

There will be a community parade, a craft show, a 5K run, pancake breakfast, pie sale and more but the fireworks display has been canceled due to Stage II fire restrictions, according to Town Administrator Phillip Puckett.

BYERS – Wednesday, July 4

There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the fire protection district from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. On the Fourth of July, the day will kick off with a pancake breakfast, following by a parade, street far and other events. A rodeo will take place starting at 4 p.m., which will be followed by fireworks if there is no fire ban in place.

CANON CITY (no fireworks)

The city council postponed this year’s fireworks display because of fire restrictions and drought conditions, according to the Canon City Daily Record. 

CASTLE ROCK – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Fireworks were canceled as of June 28. They had been scheduled to be set off from the butte above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course. If conditions are ripe for wildfires, the fire department could choose to cancel the display. Fireworks are currently banned for personal use due to fire restrictions.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day activities at Memorial Park start at 5:30 p.m. and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 with a fireworks show at dusk.

COMMERCE CITY – Wednesday, July 4

Commerce City boasts what it calls the largest public fireworks display in the state. The free 4thFest celebration takes place on the south side of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park starting at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Colorado Rapids take on the Seattle Sounders and fireworks will follow the match at about 9:30 p.m.

CREEDE – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Creede’s fireworks show is canceled this year due to fire danger but all of the other 4th of July activities, including the parade and mining competitions, will go on as scheduled.

CRESTED BUTTE – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Crested Butte’s fireworks show is canceled due to fire danger, so a concert will take place instead. The day’s festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast at the Crested Butte Fire and EMS Department. 

CRIPPLE CREEK – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Update: Cripple Creek has canceled its fireworks show.

Cripple Creek’s 4th of July celebration kicks off with live music at noon and continuing all day.

DACONO – multiple dates

The Colorado Speedway in Dacono has fireworks shows planned on three nights: Saturday, June 30; Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7.

DENVER (multiple)

Tuesday, July 3: Independence Eve fireworks at Civic Center Park
The annual 4th of July celebration at Civic Center Park will include music, a light show and fireworks over the City and County Building, with events scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4: Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants
The Rockies are hosting the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

Wednesday, July 4: Fireworks at Elitch Gardens

Once Elitch Gardens closes on the 4th, the fireworks will begin. Admission is free with park admission or a season pass.

Wednesday, July 4: Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons
Enjoy a fireworks show after the Denver Outlaws-Boston Cannons game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The game starts at 7 p.m.

DURANGO – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Durango’s fireworks show is canceled this year but events are scheduled all day long, starting with breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

EAGLE/GYPSUM – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Update: Eagle/Gypsum have canceled their fireworks show

Head to Gypsum for the 4th of July celebration, which is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Gypsum’s Lundgren Theater.

ENGLEWOOD – Wednesday, July 4

Englewood’s 4th of July celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone and Belleview parks. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

ERIE – Tuesday, July 3

Want to get started on your Independence Day celebrations a day early? The 3rd of July Extravaganza in Erie kicks off at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado National Golf Club. The fireworks show will take place after dark.

ESTES PARK – Wednesday, July 4

Take in the fireworks over Lake Estes at 9:30 p.m. on the 4th of July. There’s also a full schedule of events throughout the day.

FAIRPLAY – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

This year’s fireworks show is canceled but all the rest of the day’s events will go on as scheduled.

FIRESTONE – Wednesday, July 4

The 4th at Firestone celebration at Miners Park is set to begin at 10 a.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

FLORENCE – Wednesday, July 4

Update: Florence has postponed ts fireworks show.

The town of Florence will wrap up several days of festivities .

FORT CARSON – June 29 to July 1

Fort Carson is pulling out all the stops for three days of celebrations with a fireworks show happening on the last night, July 1, at 9:30 p.m. 

FORT COLLINS – Wednesday, July 4

Come down to Fort Collins for a day of music, fun, fireworks and patriotism! The city kicks off the Independence Day celebration with their FireKracker 5K at 7:30 a.m., followed by their annual 4th of July Parade on Mountain Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy live music at City Park starting at 4:15 p.m. and stay for the incredible fireworks show which is set to begin at around 9:35 p.m.

FORT LUPTON – Wednesday, July 4

The City of Fort Lupton begins their 2018 Independence Day celebration with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. sharp. There will also be a petting zoo, a magic show, face painting, train ride, food, vendors, a beer garden, BBQ, a veteran’s tribute, live music (starting at 7:30 p.m.) with festivities culminating with a firework show at dusk.

FRISCO – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

There are no fireworks in Frisco this year but if you are looking for an Independence Day celebration in a quintessential small mountain town, then Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July will fit the bill. Start the celebration with a pancake breakfast, followed by a kids’ bike decorating contest, music, a block party and free fishing derby for the kids. 

GEORGETOWN – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Though the fireworks show is canceled this year, the Town of Georgetown will begin their Independence Day festivities with a 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 11 a.m. But that’s not all: The annual BBQ will continue the party at City Park, and there will also be a beer garden, live music by Bottle Rocket Hurricane. 

GLENDALE – Monday, July 2 

The City of Glendale will celebrate the 4th of July a bit early, with a firework show planned for Monday, July 2. The firework show will go off from Creekside Park at dusk (at around 9:15 p.m.) There will be several street closures starting at about 7:30 p.m.

GOLDEN – Wednesday, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day in Golden with activities starting at noon. If weather permits, the day will end with a large firework display at Lions Park on 10th Street.

GRANBY – Wednesday, July 4

Granby has a full line up of events planned for Independence Day including a pancake breakfast at the Emily Warner Aviation Museum, the Granby Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, BBQ at Polhamus Park, live entertainment, kids’ games, dunk tank and much more.

Fireworks follow the annual rodeo which begins at 7 p.m. at Heels Arena, off US 40.

GRAND JUNCTION – Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day fireworks will take place after the GJ Rockies game vs. Ogden on July 4. Buy a ticket and see the fireworks from inside the stadium or watch from Lincoln Park.

GRAND LAKE – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Update: Grand Lake has canceled its fireworks show.

The July 4th celebrations at Grand Lake start with a pancake breakfast at the Grand Lake Townhall building. Call (970) 627-3402 for a start time. 

GREELEY – Wednesday, July 4

The Greeley Stampede starts Independence Day with an Independence Day Parade, which runs along historic 10th Avenue starting at the University of Northern Colorado campus at 19th Street and ending on 5th Street beyond historic Lincoln Park. A large 4th of July firework display starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. will follow. The displays will be shot over the north west corner of Island Grove Park. Catch great views from anywhere in Island Grove Park.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Wednesday, July 4

Fiddler's Green will host a firework display on July 4 after a Colorado Symphony concert. Check here forticketsand information.

GUNNISON – Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K Run (and a 1K run for the kids), followed by games, music and dance performances at Main Street and Virginia. The celebration will continue from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Jorgenson Park with a food court, beer garden and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Wednesday, July 4

The Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks at Highlands Ranch returns to Highland Heritage Regional Park. The celebration will start at 4:00 p.m. and conclude with the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

HOLYOKE – Wednesday, July 4

The Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks will be held at Holyoke City Park on July 4.

IDAHO SPRINGS – Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Independence Day celebrations in Idaho Springs begin with the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K Run/Walk. The town will also be hosting an afternoon complete with live music and dancing in downtown at Citizens Park. There will also be delicious BBQ for you to enjoy! 

NOTE: The city announced it had to cancel their fireworks display due to fire danger. The show will be rescheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

INDIAN HILLS — Tuesday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

The Fourth of July 2018 schedule of events, hosted by Indian Hills Fire Rescue, does not include fireworks. 

KEYSTONE — Tuesday, July 3 (no fireworks)

Update: Keystone has canceled their fireworks.

Celebrate America with a day of family fun. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor BBQ and activities on Keystone Lake. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

KIOWA (no fireworks)

The fireworks show has been canceled. 

KREMMLING — Wednesday, July 4

Kremmling’s “Fire Up The Cliffs” event starts at 2 p.m. in Town Square, and features BBQ, baked goods, live music, and events for children. Fireworks will begin after dark.

LAFAYETTE — Wednesday, July 4

Celebrate 4th of July at Waneka Lake Park starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Grab some grub from food truck vendors; beer or cider and wine from Stem Ciders and Wine. There will be a bounce house and face-painting for the kids, and a live band all afternoon. Free fireworks begin at dusk. 


Perry Park County Club will not be having a fireworks display this year.

LA JUNTA — Wednesday, July 4

The Old Fashioned Fourth of July runs from 1:30 – 4:15 p.m. at Bent’s Old Fort.

The fireworks show has been canceled. 

LEADVILLE — Wednesday, July 4

Update: Leadville has canceled its fireworks show.

North America’s highest-elevation town marks July 4th with a Firecracker 5k Run, a rousing parade, a community  and cookout at the Leadville Airport, set against the silhouette of the highest peaks in the Colorado Rockies. 

LIMON — Saturday, July 7

July 7 is this year's July celebration date. Huge Fireworks show, BBQ, Band, and lots of family fun! 

LITTLETON — Wednesday, July 4

There will be family-friendly events beginning at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone and Belleview parks. Food will be available, as well as plenty of activities for the kids. Free fireworks begin after dark at Cornerstone Park, located at 5150 S. Windermere St. in Littleton. 

LONE TREE — Wednesday, July 4

Events at Sweetwater Park begin at 4 p.m., but you’ll need to buy a wristband to get in. They’re available to Lone Tree and Acres Green residents for free for up to four. Up to four additional wristbands can be bought for $5 apiece. You’ll need an ID or proof of residency to pick them up, and supplies are limited. There will be a kids bike parade, an artist corner, obstacle course, water slide and plenty of other activities, as well as live music and food. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

LONGMONT — Wednesday, July 4

The free Longmont 4th of July fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The show is free, but there won’t be parking at the fairgrounds. The city advises people to park at nearby shopping centers and to walk to the fenced-in area in front of Jack Murphy or anywhere else nearby. Handicapped parking will be available at the south entrance of the fairgrounds, and KGUD 90.7 will sync their music up with the fireworks display for added effect.

LOUISVILLE — Wednesday, July 4

The 4th of July fireworks display will be held at the Coal Creek Golf Course from 6-10 p.m. However, there's no parking at the golf course. Get shuttle and event information here.

LOVELAND — Wednesday, July 4

The annual Independence Day celebration at North Lake Park, 2626 N. Taft Ave., will feature entertainment throughout the day and a fireworks display at night, to celebrate the Fourth of July. For more information, click here.

MANITOU SPRINGS (no fireworks)

Due to high fire danger, the City of Manitou Springs has canceled its fireworks display.

MONTROSE — Wednesday, July 4

This year's fireworks will be viewable at 8:30 p.m., or later depending on darkfall, at the Clifford E. Baldridge Regional Park complex and a number of locations along south Townsend. 

MONUMENT — Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

The fireworks show is canceled this year but live music will kick off the evening at 7 p.m. at Palmer Lake in Monument on Independence Day.

MORRISON (no fireworks)

Morrison will not be holding fireworks celebrations this year. 

NEDERLAND - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

The town of Nederland will hold a 4th of July parade on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The parade will begin on Snyder Street and E. 2nd Street at Tin Shed Sports and Salto Coffee Works. Nederland will not hold fireworks celebrations this year. 

NORTHGLENN - Wednesday, July 4

A day-long festival will return to Northglenn on Wednesday for the July 4th Festival, which starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. at the E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, located at 11800 Community Center Drive. Families can bring picnics and blankets for the annual fireworks program. The day starts with a pancake breakfast and ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. For a full list of activities, click here.

OURAY - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Tucked in the mountains in southwest Colorado, Ouray welcomes visitors near and far to its old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The morning kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Ouray Community Center, before diving into a 10K Race for Ouray Schools, a street parade at 10 a.m., games, live music and more. The 2018 firework show is canceled due to the fire hazards in the area. For a full list of activities, click here

PARKER - Wednesday, July 4

The town of Parker will hold its Stars and Stripes Celebration on Wednesday at Salisbury Park, located at 12010 S. Motsenbocker Road. Families can bring a blanket and lawn chair for an evening packed with family fun. This year, seating is allowed on the Parker Parks and Recreation ball fields. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Events run from 6-10 p.m. For a schedule of the day’s events and details on parking, click here.

PUEBLO - Wednesday, July 4

Rollin’ on the Riverwalk will return for the 15th time Wednesday. Families can bring lawn chairs out to the AMR Confluence Plaza at 101 Union Ave. to enjoy the fireworks show. Food and retail vendors will be on-site. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $3 per person and premium seating is $15 per person. For information on tickets, click here

RIFLE - Tuesday, July 3 (no fireworks)

The city of Rifle will hold festivities for Independence Day on July 3 at Centennial Park, located at 300 W. 5th St. Due to fire danger, the city has canceled the annual fireworks show. There are still various free activities for all ages, including a patriotic concert and an open playground. For more information, click here

SILVERTHORNE - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company and the National Repertory Orchestra will perform to Rainbow Park in Silverthorne on Wednesday. This annual celebration includes a free, patriotic concert from the orchestra with a special performance featuring the theatre company. A community celebration will start after the concert. Guests can place their chairs in the park starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

SILVERTON - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Silverton’s annual Fourth of July event is known in the area for its old-fashioned family fun. The Kendall Mountain Recreation Area will be open for camping through the holiday and is within walking distance of downtown festivities, like the parade and carnival in Memorial Park. The firework show was postponed due to fire risk. For more information, click here

SIMLA (no fireworks)

Simla has canceled the Fourth of July fireworks show due to fire risk.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - June 30 through July 4 (no fireworks)

Steamboat Springs will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration starting June 30 through July 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. For more than 100 years, the city has celebrated Independence Day in true western fashion. The weekend will include a rodeo series, summer ski competition, farmers market, live music and more. The fireworks show is canceled, but there will be a laser light show at Howelsen Hill instead. For a full list of events, click here

STERLING - Wednesday, July 4

Sterling will bring the Heritage Festival back at the Overland Trail Museum at 110 Overland Trail Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy a day full of local history and fun. There is free admission all day. A free fireworks show will be held at Pioneer Park on the west side of town at dusk. For more information, click here

TELLURIDE - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Telluride invites visitors and residents alike to participate in the Telluride Foundation’s Rundola, a recreational race to benefit the foundation. Participants begin at the base of the gondola and finish at the top. A parade and firemen’s BBQ will follow. The fireworks show has been canceled due to fire danger. Instead, guests can enjoy the Electrolier light show in Heritage Plaza. Learn more about thecelebrations here

THORNTON - Wednesday, July 4

Thorton will holds its 4th of July celebration Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m. at Carpenter Park Fields, located at 3498 E. 112th Ave. The event will include food vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment, parachutists and fireworks at dusk. Festivities run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Clickhere for more information.

VAIL - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Vail America Days returns Wednesday for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Events, including an orchestra performance, a market and art show and more, will kick off the days leading up to July 4. Independence Day will feature a pancake breakfast, bake sale, parade and more. Fireworks were canceled Friday afternoon. For a full list of events, click here

WELLINGTON - Wednesday, July 4

The town of Wellington and Wellington Community Activities Commission invites visitors to participate in this year’s Wellington 4th of July Celebration. A Family Fun Fest will begin at 10 a.m. in Centennial Park and will include vendors, food, music, inflatables, a pancake breakfast, parade and a fireworks show at dusk. Families should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Follow the CACWellington’s Facebook page for updates.

WESTCLIFF - Wednesday, July 4

Westcliffe invites family to make a weekend out of its Fourth of July celebration Wednesday. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, followed by a parade down main street at 10 a.m. and fireworks over Lake DeWeese at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

WESTMINSTER - Wednesday, July 4

The city of Westminster will hold its Uncle Sam’s Splash Bash from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at Countryside Outdoor Pool, located at 10470 Oak St. in Broomfield. The city will also hold its annual Fourth of July celebration at City Park, 10455 N. Sheridan Boulevard. The event will include various activities, food vendors, a beer garden and performances starting at 4 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and fireworks will go off at 9:15 p.m. For information regarding a free shuttle and more, click here

WHEAT RIDGE - Wednesday, July 4 (no fireworks)

Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge will hold two concerts for its weekly Performances in the Park on Wednesday — Bradley Weaver will perform from 10-10:45 a.m. and Papa Juke Band will take the stage from 6:30-8 p.m. While there are no citywide fireworks this year, the annual Carnation Festival in plans to have fireworks on Aug. 10 and 11. 

WINTER PARK - Wednesday, July 4 (no live fireworks)

Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park will host an Independence Day celebration complete with free inflatables, face painters, carnival games, and live music. A fireworks display (in lieu of a live fireworks display, the show will be on a jumbo video screen) will begin at 10 p.m. For more information, visit click here.