Granby cancels June 30 fireworks |

Granby cancels June 30 fireworks

Tonya Bina

The Granby Chamber of Commerce canceled its June 30 fireworks show that was to follow the rodeo at the Flying Heels Arena.

“We have decided to cancel,” said Granby Chamber Executive Director Laurie Findley, on Tuesday, June 19. “We just don’t want to be the entity that starts a fire.”

The decision was made among chamber board members and upon consultation with Granby Fire Chief Dave Boyes, as well as the Grand County Sheriff, the Town of Granby and Flying Heels representatives, Findley said.

Because the chamber had not yet signed a contract with fireworks company Stonebraker Rocky Mountain Fireworks, there is no penalty to the chamber for cancelling, she said. The fireworks company was understanding of the decision, Findley added.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, June 19, Fourth of July commercial fireworks shows are still on for the Fraser Valley Sports Complex in Fraser, over the lake in Grand Lake, and from the cliffs in Kremmling.

Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is working closely with East Grand Fire to ensure safety and is monitoring weather patterns daily, according to Executive Director Catherine Ross. “So far, they have not told us we have to cancel them,” Ross said of fire officials. “We are waiting for rain.”

Grand Lake Fourth of July Fireworks will likely be shot from the center of the lake, farther out than in years past, according to fireworks officials. “We’re still going forward with ours, just taking extra precautions,” said Grand Lake Chamber Executive Director Lisa Jenkins. But that doesn’t mean the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m. on the night of the Fourth, couldn’t be cancelled between now and then, she said, depending on fire conditions and weather.

Same goes in Kremmling, where the annual fireworks show is scheduled for around 9:30 p.m. following the Fourth of July Barbecue and live band. The fireworks are sent into the air from the cliffs. Kremmling Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Clark said she too is consulting with fire and town officials, and plans could “change at any time.”

Meanwhile, a countywide fire ban on personal fireworks has been in place since last week.

As late as press time on Tuesday, professional- and commercial-type fireworks sponsored by a sanctioned agency are still allowed under state, county and town fire bans.