Here’s where you can and can’t set off fireworks in Colorado

Fireworks light up the sky over Manitou Springs on July 4, 2016, Photo Credit: The Gazette

Fourth of July is just a few days away. While the patriotic celebrations will look a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there are still plenty of festivities and firework displays soon to blast off across Colorado.

As you start to line up plans for the long holiday weekend ahead, it’s important to remember that most fireworks are illegal in Colorado. Here are a few of the restrictions related to where you can and can’t launch fireworks. We’ve also listed a few of the formal 4th of July celebrations around the state.

Note that all fireworks that are aerial (leave the ground) or explode are illegal everywhere in Colorado. A few examples of these illegal fireworks include bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, firecrackers, cherry bombs, and other similar fireworks. Keep in mind, the use of fireworks may also be banned during high-risk fire conditions. Always check with current local rules and restrictions before using any type of firework. It’s also important to mention that fireworks of any kind are not permitted on federal or state lands, including National Forests and Parks, State Forests and Parks, and State Wildlife Areas.

Editor’s Note: This list does not include every town and city in Colorado and these regulations are subject to change. Check with local authorities before setting off any sort of firework or planning a trip to see a firework show. Cancelations are expected.

Arvada

Possession, manufacturing, storage, sale, handling, and use of all fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited in Arvada. To report illegal fireworks, call 720-898-6919.

The fireworks display traditionally held in the city will not happen this year due to the pandemic. Despite the cancellation, residents are encouraged to show off their patriotic spirit by decking out front porches, balconies, or driveways in red, white, and blue. The hashtag #WeCanDoThisArvada can be used for social media sharing.

Aspen

It is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks in Aspen, which includes bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers. Legal fireworks, such as sparklers and toy smoke devices, may also be banned during active fire restrictions. Emergency-signal devices, including highway flares and smoke candles, are also legal.

There will no patriotic celebrations hosted in the mountain town of Aspen this year. The July 4th Parade, fireworks display, and all ancillary events have been canceled.

Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge passed an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks, regardless of the current weather conditions.

Mountain town officials made the call to postpone the Independence Day parade this year, including a postponement of  the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race to July 2021. More details here.

Brighton

All fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal in Adams County. Anyone who violates these laws could face fines up to $750 and possibly receive a six-month jail sentence. Legal fireworks include fountains, ground spinners, smoke bombs, sparklers, illuminating torches, dipped sticks toy propellants, trick noisemakers, and tube devices.

The city of Brighton is moving ahead with its 4th of July celebration this year. Fireworks will blast off around dusk. The show will also be broadcast on the Brighton’s KBRI-8 channel (Comcast 8 and 881) and live-streamed on the city’s Facebook page.

Broomfield

Most fireworks are illegal within the City and County of Broomfield except for sparklers, smoke bombs, and snakes, according to The Broomfield Police Department.

The town will host an Independence Day party featuring inflatables, a free concert, food vendors, and a firework display beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Broomfield County Commons Park.

Colorado Springs

Fireworks are illegal to purchases, possess, or use in the city of Colorado Springs. This includes all types of fireworks with a fuse and/or any requiring a flame ignition. According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, only novelty items (snappers and poppers) are allowed. Violators could face fines up to $2,500 and up to 189 days in jail. To report illegal fireworks, call 719-444-7000.

Fireworks will fill the July 4th sky around Colorado Springs for the “ 4th of July Symphony On Your Porch.” There will be 10 different launch locations including Banning Lewis Ranch, Falcon Freedom Days at Meridian Ranch, James Irwin Charter Schools, Patty Jewett Golf Course, The Broadmoor, The Club at Flying Horse, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field, The Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Fort Carson, and Garden of the Gods Resort.

Crested Butte

Fireworks that leave the ground or explode are prohibited in Crested Butte.

Similar to other towns, Crested Butte is also playing it safe this year by calling off their annual mountainside fireworks display and other festivities.

Denver

Fireworks are illegal in the City and County of Denver. Consequences of possessing, manufacturing, storing, selling, handling, or using fireworks in the Denver limits range from fines up to $999 and up to 1-year in jail. To report illegal fireworks, call 720-913-2059.

Mile High city firework displays have been canceled at Civic Center Park, Coors Field, and Empower Field.

Durango

All fireworks are illegal in Durango. Contact the non-emergency dispatch at 970-385-2900 to report any illegal fireworks being set off within the mountain town.

While many of the 4th of July festivities have been canceled in Durango, fireworks will still blast off into the sky. The fireworks launch will start at 9:15 p.m. from the Greenmount Cemetery. Events canceled this year include the All American Gourmet Breakfast, Freedom 5K, Independence Day Party and Street Dance, and Stars and Stripes Parade.

Golden

Fireworks are illegal in Golden. Residents who hear or see fireworks can report it to dispatch at 303-980-7300.

While fireworks will not fill the sky this year in Golden, last year’s stunning display will be broadcasted at 8:00 p.m. on social media, Channel 8, and GCO.TV.

Fort Collins

ALL fireworks, including sparklers and snakes, are illegal to sell, possess, or use in the city of Fort Collins. Violators could face fines up to $2,650.

This year’s festivities will continue at Fort Collins with a drive-in style fireworks show, hot air balloon launch, parade, and live music. The gates for the fireworks display open at 7:30 p.m, with limited parking available. More details here.

Lone Tree

All fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal in Lone Tree. Cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, ground spinners, sparklers, dipped sticks, wheels, snake or glow worms, and illuminating torches are permitted in Lone Tree.

4th of July fireworks displays, including Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and south of Parker near the Pinery, will kick off at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the show from home, in their vehicles parked nearby, or online.

Longmont

Any type of firework that leaves the ground or explodes is illegal in Longmont. The illegal use or possession of fireworks in Longmont may result in a fine of up to $500 and 90 days in jail. To report illegal fireworks at 303-651-8501.

There will be no fireworks this year for Longmont. The annual celebration has been called off this year due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns.

Loveland

Sale or use of any fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal in Loveland. Legal fireworks, also known as consumer fireworks, include sparklers, fountains, wheels, spinners, smoke balls, and any other similar items that crackle or have strobe effects.

This year’s firework show will go on, but in drive-in style. In an effort to maintain social distancing, guests will be asked to remain in or adjacent to their vehicles. Restroom facilities will available onsite. Fireworks will blast off at The Ranch Events Complex starting at about 9:15 p.m. The show will conclude at about 9:35 p.m. Get all the details here.

Steamboat Springs

Fireworks that explode or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, cherry bombs, and mortars, are illegal in Steamboat Springs. Permissible fireworks within the town include fountains, ground spinners, illuminating torches, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellants, trick noisemakers that crackle or whistle (must be non-explosive), and tube devices.

Unfortunately, Fourth of July fireworks will not be blasting over Howelsen Hill this year to COVID-19 concerns.

While exploding and airborne fireworks are the most dangerous, all fireworks, including sparklers, have the potential to cause a wildfire. Do your part to prevent forest fires, by following local and state laws regarding the possession, sale, and use of fireworks.

Editor’s Note: This list does not include every town and city in Colorado and these regulations are subject to change. Check with local authorities before setting off any sort of firework or planning a trip to see a firework show. Cancelations are expected.

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