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Your Guide to the Fourth of July in Boulder


The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and the city encourages community members to celebrate safely, while adhering to city’s ban on fireworks and public health orders intended to help 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.   

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Ralphie's Independence Day Blast , is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free transportation options

Parking is free on July  3 and  4 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 t o Chautauqua will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July  3 and  4.

Personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the city

Please remember that  fire danger is currently high, and i t i s 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. 

Eben G. Fine Park notice

Eben  G. Fine Park is closed per an emergency order . 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. 

Visitors to  Eben  G. Fine Park can anticipate that Arapahoe Avenue will be closed July 3 and 4 from the east end of the park to Boulder Canyon Drive. Local traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed beyond the closure. Parking within the vicinity of the park 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 5 to 11 p.m. on July 4. After 5 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 facilities will be closed on July 2 as part of a citywide cost-saving effort to help address the financial impact of COVID-19. Most city facilities will be closed on July 3 and 4 in observance of the Fourth of July, with some exceptions.

Recreate responsibly 

Please remember that we all play a part in keeping our parks a fun place to celebrate.  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 all general park rules  

Updated June 30, 2020