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Boulder City Reminds Community About Fourth of July Safety Measures

Join the community at Folsom Field, other use of fireworks is illegal

It’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July, and the City of Boulder wants everyone to enjoy a safe holiday! In support of this goal, residents and visitors are encouraged to attend Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast at Folsom Field, and reminded about several policies and procedures designed to prevent injuries and reduce wildfire risk.

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, is free to the public on Wednesday, July 4, and features live music by Beat Frequency, Funkiphino, Jeff & Paige and the School of Rock, and performances by Pearl St. Jive. Gates open and the program starts at 8 p.m.

Personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the City of Boulder. Boulder police would like to remind residents and visitors to Boulder that it is illegal to use or possess any fireworks within the city limits and on Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) land. Police will have increased patrols with officers looking for this type of activity during the holiday week. Citations will be issued, and fireworks will be confiscated.

Public safety measures will be in place for community members wishing to enjoy Boulder’s fireworks show from the Chautauqua and Flagstaff areas. It has become a Boulder tradition to view fireworks from several OSMP locations around the city, and protecting this fragile landscape is a priority. Fireworks are prohibited on city-owned open space.

To help reduce fire danger and ensure the safety of all visitors, Flagstaff Road will be closed from 3 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. After 3 p.m., all traffic will be diverted at Sixth Street and Baseline Road. Only residents who live west of Chautauqua will be allowed beyond the closure. This has been a practice of the city for more than two decades.

Visitors entering the Chautauqua Meadow, which is one of the most heavily used firework-viewing areas, will be subject to visual inspection of their person, parcels, bags, containers or clothing capable of carrying such items. Visitors may refuse inspection and may dispose of or return to their vehicle any items they do not want inspected. For those who refuse inspection, rangers and police will deny entry. By city ordinance, glass containers and smoking are prohibited at all times on OSMP lands.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been held at Folsom Field since 1941. This event is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder 8TV. Attendees may support the fireworks show by donating on Venmo to @Boulder4th.

For more information on the family-friendly, safe celebration, or stadium guidelines, visit to www.boulder4thofJuly.com.

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