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June 30, 2017 - City Reminds Community About Fourth of July Safety Measures

Friday, June 30, 2017
Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 720-564-2051
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155 

City reminds community about Fourth of July safety measures
Possession of fireworks illegal everywhere; additional precautions to be enacted to protect open space

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 reminded about several policies and procedures designed to prevent injuries and reduce wildfire risk.


The possession of fireworks is illegal throughout the city. Recognizing the public safety concerns, anyone found with fireworks, regardless of whether they are being used, face fines of up to $1000 and the potential of jail time up to 90 days.

Open Space and Mountain Parks

It has become a Boulder tradition to view fireworks from several City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) locations around the city, and protecting this fragile landscape is a priority.

To help reduce fire danger and ensure the safety of all visitors, Flagstaff Road will be closed from 3 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, 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.

As in the rest of the city, fireworks are prohibited on city-owned open space. Rangers and Boulder police officers will advise visitors of this public safety measure on the Fourth of July. Fireworks, if found, will be confiscated and a summons will be issued.

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. They 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 refuse entry.

By city ordinance, glass containers are prohibited at all times on OSMP lands. On the Fourth of July, a city manager rule prohibits all alcohol in the following areas between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.: The Chautauqua Meadow, Settlers Park, Mount Sanitas, Red Rocks, the Four Pines Trail and the Tippit property near the Four Pines Trail. At all other times, possession of alcohol over 3.2 percent is prohibited on OSMP lands outside of the city limits.

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