Happy Fourth of July!! On this day in history 239 years ago, we declared our independence from Britain. Most Americans choose to celebrate by doing very " american' things, like grilling, drinking, and watching fireworks- but where to watch them? Quite a few municipalities are doing fireworks this year, but it's not really worth it to go see the unless you have great seats. However, it's important to note that most of Colorado has very strict firework laws- within Denver Metro:
Adams County - all fireworks are illegal
Arvada - all fireworks are illegal
Aurora - all fireworks are illegal
Denver - all fireworks are illegal
Fort Collins - all fireworks are illegal
Fountain - ground spinners, glowworms and sparklers are allowed
Jefferson County - all fireworks are illegal
Lakewood - all fireworks are illegal
Larimer County - all fireworks are illegal
A good rule of thumb is to call your local fire department to see if they are illegal in your area.
Here's the list of some of the best places to see fireworks - and what time the show starts... Don't forget to make sure you have a sober driver if you're doing any traveling, or hire Uber( but beware today is one of the sliding scale days where a cab will be cheaper!)
FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK
WHEN: July 4, 2015 WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir. ONLINE COST: Tickets start at $34.99 Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides atElitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver's downtown amusement park, and then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.
LIBERTY RUN 4 MILE RUN AND FIRECRACKER KIDS FUN RUN
WHEN: July 4, 2015 WHERE: Washington Park,bordered by Virginia Ave. on the north, Downing St. on the west, Louisiana Ave. on the south, and Franklin St. on the east COST: Adult registration is $35, kids are free Work off all the BBQ and cake by running in theLiberty 4-Mile Run. Wear your red, white and blue proud and enjoy the celebration. Prizes will be given to kids and adults with the best patriotic flair. After the run enjoy food and beverages.
PARK HILL 4TH OF JULY PARADE
WHEN: July 4, 2015, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Park Hill, on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St. COST: Free ThePark Hill 4th of July Paradeis back! This community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. This year's parade promises to be bigger than ever before, with marching bands, acrobats and festive floats.
CITY PARK JAZZ
WHEN: July 5, 2015, 6 p.m. WHERE: City Park Bandstand, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. COST: FREE There’s no better way to end the long weekend than with a free concert in City Park.City Park Jazztakes place every Sunday evening in June and July.
PRO SPORTS + FIREWORKS
THE RAPIDS - AND FIREWORKS!
WHEN: July 4, 2015 WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City COST: Tickets start at $31 Denver's hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 4 — stick around for the fireworks display after the game!
THE OUTLAWS - AND FIREWORKS!
WHEN: July 4, 2015 WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. COST: Tickets start at $26 Denver's professional lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws are battling it out with the Boston Cannons. After the game, enjoy fireworks within the bowl atSports Authority Field at Mile High — pyrotechnics paired with visuals on a 220-foot wide, hi-definition screen. You'll never forget this kind of fireworks show!
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