COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – With the personal fireworks ban in effect across all of Colorado and strong enforcement of this ban by the Commerce City Police Department, Coloradoans are invited and encouraged to celebrate this Fourth of July safely at one of the best firework shows in the state.
Commerce City’s free 4th Fest is on Wednesday, July 4, begins outside the south end of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way. Outdoor festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. with a circus, karaoke, 80s band, zip line, mechanical bull, climbing wall and many other activities for all to enjoy. The Colorado Rapids take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. (tickets purchased through the Rapids) while the free festivities continue outside. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Because of Colorado’s dry conditions and high fire danger, which have already devastated thousands of acres, Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order bans open burning and private fireworks throughout the state. As stated in a June 14 press release, Hickenlooper said, “This ban is a necessary step to help protect people, property and the beautiful state we live in.”
In partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the Commerce City Police Department, the South Adams County Fire District is taking necessary precautions to provide a safe and enjoyable professional fireworks display this Fourth.
The Commerce City Police Department is increasing shifts and coverage to enforce the fireworks ban in neighborhoods and parks within the city. All personal fireworks are illegal to possess, use, or sell within city limits and fines for violating the ban start at $100. Citizens making complaints regarding firework violations will be given priority by the police enforcement teams.
The Commerce City Police Department offers the following tips to stay safe this Fourth of July:• There may be vendors selling fireworks outside the city limits; however, these are in the unincorporated areas of Adams County. • Do not purchase fireworks for use within the City of Commerce City. Instead, attend one of many professional displays throughout the metro area such as Commerce City’s 4th Fest. • To report fireworks violations, call dispatch by dialing 911 or the non-emergency number, 303-288-1535. Provide the dispatcher with a specific location and description if possible. • Talk to your children about the dangers of fireworks and pledge to your neighbors and community groups that your block will be fireworks-free this season.• Your actions can have serious impacts on your neighborhood and environment. Help us ensure the safety and quality of life of the community by complying with the fireworks ban.Celebrate this Independence Day and our freedom in a safe way.
Additional information about the fire ban and restrictions can be found at www.colorado.gov and additional information about the 4th Fest can be found at http://www.coloradorapids.com/4thfestcolorado/.