With increased fire danger in Colorado resulting in fire bans becoming the norm over recent consecutive years, many Colorado mountain towns have opted out of their grand fireworks displays for 2019. Instead, these small, hometown communities are hoping to offer a new tradition – returning to times of celebrating our country’s independence by spending quality time with family and friends. But rest assured, you can still find spectacular fireworks across colorful Colorado!
Top 5 Places to Watch Fireworks in Colorado
If the big boom and sparkle of a fireworks show is what you have a hankering for, never fear, there are a handful of communities both in the mountains and along the Front Range that will be holding their own displays. Here are the top 5 best firework shows in Colorado and where to catch them:
- Black Hawk’s 2019 Boom Town Fireworks
Prepare to be WOWED!! The City of Black Hawk will once again host Boom Town, 4th of July Fireworks. Considered the largest and loudest fireworks display in Colorado, this is a not-to-miss event as the dramatic sights and sounds can be witnessed rumbling through Clear Creek Canyon. Weather and fire restrictions permitting, the fireworks show will kick off at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th.
The best viewing spot – if you can get to Black Hawk early – is atop the AmeriStar Hotel & Casino. Otherwise, any spot in town is just as good, as bursts of color and the echoing booms can be experienced throughout this tiny gambling town.
- Grand Lake 4th of July Celebration
This sleepy little mountain town is consistently ranked as hosting one of the best fireworks shows not only in Colorado, but also in the nation. Join the celebration with fireworks, music, and an array of local activities!
The “Grand” fireworks show will begin over Grand Lake once it’s completely dark, between 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Best viewing spots include: Lake Park, The Beach, and East Inlet Boat Launch, as well as from local businesses with patios. NOTE: Please call businesses first to inquire.
After the fireworks show, Mountain Lakes Properties will offer a free party open to those who want to wait out traffic. Many other businesses will also have live music and extended hours following the fireworks.
- Independence Day Fun in Estes Park
At the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is considered the ideal “All American” destination for Fourth of July celebrations. This Colorado mountain village offers a variety of family-friendly festivities specifically tailored for the holiday, along with an abundance of outdoor recreation activities. Families can spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, biking, paddle boating, or miniature golf.
The town will also host the Big Bang Concert and Fireworks Show. The show will feature a view of the fireworks along with music, food, and local craft beer and wine in the Grandstands at the Estes Park Fairgrounds. The Fireworks Show begins at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Estes. Find a grassy spot at Stanley Park, the Lake Estes Trail or on your favorite mountainside to join in this annual tradition of national pride.
- Vail America Days
Vail America Days is a true summer celebration featuring exceptional entertainment and festivities complemented by all that Vail has to offer on and off the mountain. The day’s festivities kick off with a Pancake Breakfast open to the public at 8:00 a.m. at Vail Interfaith Chapel, followed by the annual Vail America Days Parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade route begins at Golden Peak and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday. This year’s parade theme is: A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division.
Stick around for the day and check out other exciting activities including the Vail Lacrosse Shootout at Ford Park, classical orchestra concerts and other music events throughout the villages, and much more. All this concluded at dusk with Vail’s traditional fireworks show (pending weather and conditions) at Golden Peak.
- Independence Eve 2019, Downtown Denver
For those along the Front Range wishing to stay a little closer to home, check out Colorado’s largest free community fireworks and light show. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Independence Eve returns again this year July 3rd in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. Celebrating this iconic milestone anniversary, the event will be packed with music including two new live acts, for a total of four different bands, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs and arrive early to save a spot on the Civic Center Park lawn. A delicious variety of food trucks and craft beer & wine bars will be waiting to serve you starting at 4:00 p.m. As tradition, the evening will conclude with Denver’s explosive light show and fireworks from atop the Denver City and County Building.
Enjoy a Quieter July 4th Holiday in Summit County
Many of the towns choosing not to host fireworks this year for the health and safety of their residents are in the Summit County area, where fire danger tends to be the highest in July and August. These include Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge, for all of which fireworks have been a staple of July 4th celebrations for decades. Instead of fireworks, each of these communities is looking into alternative activities that will make the 4th of July holiday even more enjoyable. For example, the Town of Frisco will host a pancake breakfast, fishing derby, free great live music, and its annual hometown parade.
“It is our hope to see this day return to the simpler pleasures centered around enjoying time with friends and family and experiencing all that Frisco has to offer,” Mayor of Frisco Gary Wilkinson quoted in a recent press release.
In addition to its own unique brand of a hometown parade, Breckenridge will host its 36th annual Breckenridge Arts Festival. Held in historic Downtown Breckenridge, the event runs July 4-6 and is considered one of Colorado’s top free art festivals held over Fourth of July weekend.
There you have it – the run down on where to go and what to do this July 4th Holiday. Christy Sports wishes everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend!!