Colorado’s celebration of “America’s Birthday” is likely to look different this year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. However, despite a growing number of cancellations throughout parts of the state, including 4th of July parades, slopeside parties, and mountain races, some festivities may still take place.
Editor’s Note: All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Please check official town websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend. This article does not include every town nor address each celebration in the state.
Fourth of July celebrations in Durango have been canceled, with the exception of its annual fireworks display scheduled to launch from Greenmount Cemetery starting at 9:15 PM, Saturday (July 4). Town officials announced Monday the cancellation of this year’s events including:
- All American Gourmet Breakfast (Rotary Park)
- Freedom 5K (Animas River Trail)
- Independence Day Party (Buckley Park)
- Stars and Stripes Parade (Main Avenue)
- Independence Day Street Dance (Transit Center Parking Lot)
Elsewhere in the state, Breckenridge has made the call to postpone their Independence Day parade. The Firecracker 50 mountain bike race has also been put on hold until July of 2021.
Aspen has also pulled the plug on its annual July 4th parade. While other annual festivities may not be held this year, the town is still considering the following options.
- Closing streets in the core to help with social distancing
- Creating “zones” in the core with staffed entrances and exits to comply with gathering numbers
- Bringing in tables and chairs on select closed streets in town to promote takeout food and enjoyment
The city of Boulder has also canceled several popular events this year including the 4th of July fireworks at Folsom Field. The Boulder Creek Fest, originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, has been rescheduled for July 31st through August 2nd.
Crested Butte is still planning to hold a 4th of July celebration while following both county and state public health orders.
Coloradans planning to watch firework displays are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing. Face masks should also be worn when the six-foot distance cannot be maintained.
Editor’s Note: All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Please check official town websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend.
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