Fireworks on the Fourth of July have always been a long standing American tradition. The two go hand and hand together, but how did the tradition originally start?
The answer to that question is pretty interesting. John Adams, one of America’s Founding Fathers and the second President of the United States, is the man who originally envisioned the idea. He wrote a letter to Abigail Adams, his wife, and stated that the Fourth of July should be celebrated “with Pomp and Parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from this time forward forever more.”
Fireworks were first used to celebrate America’s independence on July 4, 1776. The Pennsylvania Evening Post described the holiday in Philadelphia as being “closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” The Post continued to described the night by saying “Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.” Fireworks were also used to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston that same year.
While fireworks have been a longstanding way to celebrate the Fourth of July, they’re illegal in numerous Colorado counties. For example, the Black Forrest Fire burned over 14,000 acres in 2013, and caused certain areas of Colorado to ban fireworks in El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Pueblo County, the city of Pueblo, Fremont County, Teller County and Woodland Park.
Other areas of Colorado also have a current ban on fireworks, like Jefferson County. Jefferson County imposed a Stage 2 temporary fire ban that prohibits campfires, charcoal grills and fireworks. The list of counties with fire restrictions is long, but places like Adams County, Arapahoe County, Boulder County and city, Broomfield County, Denver County and city, Douglas County and Weld County all have some type of fire restriction. To find more information about fire restrictions in Colorado visit coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.
Although there are fire restrictions in a handful of areas in Colorado, there will be plenty of venues to take the family out and watch fireworks. The city of Arvada will be hosting its Fourth of July celebration at the Stenger Sports Complex at 9 p.m. on July 4. Parking at the Stenger Sports Complex (located at W. 58th Ave. and Oak St.) will be open starting at 7 p.m. Propane grills will be allowed, but alcohol, personal fireworks and pets are restricted from the event.
If you’re looking to watch fireworks in Denver, then there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. Fireworks at Coors Field will begin once the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants game ends. First pitch for the game is set for 6:10 p.m.
There will also be fireworks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High once the Denver Outlaws’ game ends. Tickets for the game start at $10 a piece and can be purchased at www.DenverOutlaws.com.
Fourth of July festivities will also be taking place in the mountains. Estes Park will have plenty of events going on at Stanley Park. Fireworks over Lake Estes will be launched starting at 9:30 p.m.