Monday, July 2, 2018

Fireworks: All you need to know about fire and fun on the Fourth of July

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 2:50 PM

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As wildfires rage across Colorado, several cities and towns have decided to call off their public fireworks displays this year. But there's still places to get your Fourth of July fix:

Summer Symphony: Memorial Park 
click to enlarge All of the streets in Memorial Park and many of the surrounding streets are closed from 2 to 10 p.m. July 4. - CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • All of the streets in Memorial Park and many of the surrounding streets are closed from 2 to 10 p.m. July 4.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic headlines this annual free event, also featuring activities, concessions and a 5:30 p.m. performance from Air Force Academy band Wild Blue Country to kick off the night. The Philharmonic plays at 7 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. Get there early to snag a prime spot.

Rollin' on the Riverwalk

The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo hosts its 15th annual show on the AMR Confluence Plaza, proclaiming that "the show will go on" despite a 217-acre fire this weekend in Pueblo County (now 100 percent contained). Gates open at 5 p.m., with a 7 p.m. performance by rock 'n' roll band Doctor Fine and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is $3, but military and kids under 3 get in free. Vendors will have food for purchase.

Sky Sox vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes

The first 1,000 fans participating in this great American pastime — baseball — get mini flags, and everyone can enjoy a fireworks display following the game. Tickets start at $12.

Fireworks have been canceled in Cripple Creek, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park.

That's due to dry, windy conditions fueling fires across Colorado. The Spring Creek fire west of Walsenberg has burned over 50,000 acres and was 5 percent contained as of July 1, the Denver Post reports. Northwest of Cripple Creek, the Chateau fire has burned more than 1,500 acres and was 0 percent contained. And north of Buena Vista, the Weston Pass fire has burned over 4,000 acres and was also 0 percent contained, according to the Post.

Then there's the Sugarloaf fire west of Denver, the Badger Creek fire on the Wyoming border, and the 416 and Burro fires in southwestern Colorado.

So remember, leave lighting up the night to the experts this year. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office reminds residents that unincorporated parts of the county are under Stage II fire restrictions, meaning it's against the law to light campfires, sell or use fireworks, smoke outside an enclosed vehicle or building, engage in public prescribed burning, or cook outdoors on private property (propane and gas grills are allowed).

All fireworks are prohibited, and burn restrictions are in place, in Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Manitou Springs, and all of Teller County.

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