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City of Boulder Reminds Community About Fourth of July Safety Measures

The City of Boulder encourages community members to have a safe and fun Fourth of July while adhering to city’s ban on fireworks and public health orders intended to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Limit the spread of COVID-19

It is important community members and visitors continue to follow key safety measures related to COVID-19, including wearing facial coverings and maintaining six feet of distance from those in other households. 

The city is currently operating under several orders designed to protect the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you celebrate the holiday this week, please be mindful that the state’s Safer at Home order limits public and private gathering sizes. Boulder County and the City of Boulder both have orders in place requiring facial coverings, which apply throughout the city, including at parks, outdoor public spaces, open space trails and trailheads.

While police and open space rangers continue to prioritize education of public health orders, they can issue citations for dangerous behavior, which could result in fines and penalties. On June 19, the City of Boulder announced a new civil enforcement plan to combat a local spike in new COVID-19 cases. The city issued Emergency Order 2020-19 to allow officials to pursue abatement if a private property repeatedly has noise violations or hosts large gatherings.

Remember fireworks are illegal

Fireworks are illegal to use or possess in city limits, including in parks and city open space. Fire danger is currently high, and law enforcement will have increased patrols with officers and rangers looking for this type of activity during the holiday week. Citations will be issued, and fireworks will be confiscated.

Residents are encouraged to report fireworks violations as soon as they see them by calling the non-emergency number for Dispatch, which is 303-441-3333. Please call 9-1-1 if the fireworks call is an emergency or if there is a fire. A location and description of the individual or individuals with the fireworks will help officers respond effectively.

To help reduce fire danger and ensure the safety and enjoyment of the Fourth of July holiday for all visitors, Flagstaff Road will be closed from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. After 5 p.m., all traffic will be diverted at 6th Street and Baseline Road. Only residents who live west of Chautauqua will be allowed vehicle access beyond the closure. Flagstaff Mountain-area trails will remain open.

As a reminder, the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Ralphie's Independence Day Blast, has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Recreate responsibly

If visiting one of Boulder’s parks, trails and outdoor public spaces, including Pearl Street Mall and Barker Reservoir, please remember to:

  • Bring a facial covering when you leave home.
  • Adhere to physical distancing requirements of at least 6 feet.
  • Wear your facial covering when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Limit group gathering sizes to no more than 10 people for personal and outdoor recreation, except for playgrounds which are open up to 25 people and outdoor sports facilities for individual use (e.g., tennis courts, basketball courts, athletic fields) which may be open up to 25 people at a time per court or field.
  • Follow other regulations, including no open containers, smoking or fires. Please pick up dog waste and place litter/trash in appropriate bins; if bins are full, pack trash out with you. 
  • Please note that there is no wading, swimming or possessing watercraft at the Boulder Reservoir North Shore or Coot Lake per the City of Boulder Emergency Regulation 8-3-3.D.20.
  • With the exception of the area near Eben G. Fine Park, which is closed per an emergency order, note that city parks are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • If you will be swimming in an area where it is permitted, particularly an outdoor body of water like a creek, know the risks and swim smart by swimming with a buddy, and staying within arm’s reach of young children. Get out of the water, and indoors, at the first sign of a summer storm.

The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor and provide updates on COVID-19. Visit for the latest information. 

Published: June 29, 2020

Media Contacts:

Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 720-908-5722
Denise White, Parks and Recreation, 303-413-7258
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-349-2438