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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.

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 Wednesday, July 4. Come early and enjoy live music by Beat Frequency, Funkiphino, Jeff & Paige, and the School of Rock, and performances by Pearl St. Jive. Gates open and the program starts promptly at 8 p.m. Additional event information.

Free transportation options

Free HOP and Buff Bus service will be provided on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 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. 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

Fire danger is extremely high, and 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 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.

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, 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 and Scott Carpenter Pool will be open July 4 with modified hours.