Celebrate Independence Day at CPW Parks, but Leave the Fireworks at Home

Fireworks over Crawford State Park – Courtesy Photo CPW

DENVER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites everyone to come out to their favorite state park to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, but it reminds folks to leave their fireworks at home.

It’s a violation of state law to possess or discharge fireworks in any park, outdoor recreation area or on state waters. Fireworks is defined by everything including firecrackers, bottle rockets, fountains and even sparklers. Park rangers will take an especially dim view of fireworks given the high fire danger and risk of wildfire.

While you’re enjoying the holiday weekend remember to do it safely. Colorado Parks and Wildlife joins Operation Dry Water, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence. During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and removing boaters who are impaired.

So don’t ruin your Fourth of July Celebration by getting a ticket, or worse.

In many parks, such as Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs and James M. Robb State Park in Fruita, surrounding community fireworks can be viewed from the park.

In fact, Cheyenne Mountain is holding a special event “Fun Before the Fourth” on July 2 to coordinate with the fireworks display that night at nearby Fort Carson. The park will host face painting, yucca craft and games like horseshoes, corn hole and lasso, as well as educational and outdoor exploration activities like digging for dinos and discovery boxes.

Activities will continue until 8 p.m. leading up to the Army’s fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Fort Carson.

James M. Robb is a perfect venue for the Fruita fireworks show on July 3rd. The city sets off the fireworks at dusk from Snooks bottom across the river from the park. Be sure to get your spot early as the park does fill up quickly.

Steamboat Lake will be hosting a fireworks display over the lake Saturday, July 1st. Meadow Point and Rainbow Ridge will be prime spots for the best viewing. The show will start once the sun has set.

Mueller State Park will be highlighting “nature’s fireworks” in the bursting colors of the wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. Naturalists will lead a series of wildflower hikes on the long holiday weekend.

Yampa River State Park has a host of activities and family programs all about owls, it will be a hoot.

Summers are all about being outside and enjoying a good campfire. Join a Boyd Lake State Park naturalist with this fireside chat to learn all about the fish in the lake while making your own s’mores.

At Lake Pueblo State Park, a full slate of programs is planned with a patriotic theme such as a nature talk about the stars and stripes of some of our crazy critters and a craft opportunity to make a patriotic animal of your own.

If you are hoping to camp, you better have made your reservations long ago. Most campgrounds are full for the holiday weekend.

To check for vacancies, consult your Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s handy park finder online tool: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/parkMap.aspx. You can get contact information, maps, directions and more to all our parks. You can also find more weekend activities on the CPW Event Calendar: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Calendar.aspx.

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