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Your Guide to the Fourth of July in Boulder

image of large white and purple fireworks ​The Fourth of July is quickly approaching. Here’s everything you need to know about celebrations, transportation and safety this holiday.

Associates of WK Real Estate, the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado Boulder invite the community to enjoy a safe and spectacular Fourth of July fireworks event.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Ralphie's Independence Day Blast , is free to the public and will take place at Folsom Field on Thursday, July 4. Come early and enjoy live music by Card Catalog, Pro-Leisure, and the School of Rock. Gates open at 8 p.m. For more information on the family-friendly, safe celebration, or stadium guidelines, visit

Free transportation options

Free HOP and Buff Bus service will be provided on July 4 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from downtown city parking garages and Twenty Ninth Street to Folsom Field and back. The HOP pick-up is located on 29th Street at the HOP stop and the Buff Bus pick-up is located by the Macy's parking garage on Walnut. Parking is free on July 4 holiday in city parking garages and parking lots, and for on-street parking, except in the Chautauqua Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The free Park to Park shuttle to Chautauqua will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4.

Personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the city

Boulder police would like to remind residents and visitors to Boulder that it is illegal to use or possess any fireworks within the city limits  including all city parks   and on Open Space and Mountain Parks land. Police will have increased patrols with officers looking for this type of activity during the holiday week. Citations will be issued, and fireworks will be confiscated. If you see fireworks, please report it by calling 303-441-3333. 

Chautauqua Meadow notice 

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. Visitors may refuse inspection, and may dispose of or return to their vehicle any items they do not want inspected. For those who refuse inspection, Open Space and Mountain Parks rangers and police will deny entry.

Eben G. Fine Park notice

Based on activity in the park in 2018, the City of Boulder Police and Parks and Recreation Department are implementing some changes at this location to address capacity and safety concerns. Law enforcement and parks employees will be present throughout the day to ensure visitors can enjoy a safe and family-friendly environment to celebrate the holiday. We all play a part in keeping our parks a fun place to celebrate; please check out our list of general park rules to help you be a good neighbor as you plan your outing. 

Arapahoe Avenue at the east end of the park to Boulder Canyon Drive will be closed the entire day on July 4. Only local traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed beyond the closure. Parking within the vicinity will be limited to designated areas; once these parking spaces are at capacity, no additional vehicles will be permitted access. Parking along the shoulder of Boulder Canyon Drive in the city is prohibited and is signed as such. Illegally parked vehicles at these locations or in the surrounding neighborhood will be subject to ticketing or towing. 

Flagstaff Road closure on July 4

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

City building closures

All city administrative offices, libraries and senior centers will be closed on July 4. Boulder Reservoir will have adjusted hours, with the incoming gate open from 5:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., and the exit gate closing at 5:00 p.m.(all persons must be out of the facility by this time). Additionally, all watercraft including stand-up paddleboards require a Boulder Reservoir Permit and outside alcohol is not allowed. Flatirons Golf Course and the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage will be open with regular hours. The East Boulder Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Spruce Pool will be open July 4 with modified hours . Scott Carpenter Pool is closed for the 2019 season for construction.