As America was in the midst of finally becoming its own country, John Adams, a founding father and the second President of the United States, wrote a letter to his wife. He pictured Americans celebrating the Fourth of July with shows, games, sports and illuminations forever.
“(The Fourth of July) ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty,” Adams wrote. The letter can be found on the Massachusetts Historical Society’s website.
It’s important to check with your local police department if you and your family are going to be lighting off fireworks this Fourth of July. In 2013, the Black Forrest Fire burned thousands of acres and areas like El Paso County, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Fremont County, Teller County, Woodland Park and Colorado Springs banned fireworks as a result.
Fireworks are also illegal in Arapahoe County, Boulder, Broomfield County, Denver city and County, Douglas County and Weld County. You can learn more and look into your area firework laws at coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.
Just because fireworks may be illegal in certain areas of the state, there are plenty of Fourth of July events going on throughout the metro area. Here are some options for you and your family, if you are looking for plans before, or after a family cookout.
The Rockies will take on the Houston Astros tonight at 6:10 p.m. at Coors Field. Following the game, the team will shoot off fireworks into the city.
Fresh off a championship, the Denver Outlaws will face off against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The fireworks will be up close and personal after the game. The game starts at 7 p.m., and tickets range between $15 to $45.
Big Boom Bash! By Lakewood:
At Jeffco Stadium, located at 500 Kipling St., the city of Lakewood will be hosting a Fourth of July celebration. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, music, children activities, and of course, fireworks. The fireworks will be able to reach around 1,200 feet in the sky. The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Westminster’s 4th of July Celebration:
Westminster will be hosting its Fourth of July celebration at Westminster City Park, located at 10455 N. Sheridan Blvd. The city will have numerous activities, food and beer vendors and performances. Rockslide will be providing music, and the city is offering a free shuttle bus from various locations in Westminster. Performances start at 4 p.m., and fireworks kickoff at 9:15 p.m.
*4th of July Festival & Fireworks in Englewoodv
Englewood will host its Fourth of July celebration at two locations – Cornerstone Park at 5150 S. Windermere St. and Belleview Park at 5001 S. Inca Drive. The celebration starts at 3 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.