Grand Lake joins Winter Park in cancelling fireworks |

Grand Lake joins Winter Park in cancelling fireworks

Reader Chris Moccio took this photo from the town dock precisely at the time when things went bad and the show's Grand Finale was set off prematurely.
By Chris Moccio |

The town of Grand Lake made the decision this afternoon to cancel its annual fireworks display.

“It is with a heavy heart but a clear conscience that the town made the decision to cancel fireworks this year,” said Mayor Jim Peterson. “This decision was not taken lightly, and the town looks forward to celebrating the Fourth with a variety of activities.

The cancellation was a unanimous decision made by the town board “for the safety and wellbeing of the community and to protect the resources of the town of Grand Lake.”

Forty-five Grand Lake business owners also signed a petition for the cancellation of the show.

The town’s annual fireworks display is widely considered the pinnacle of Fourth of July celebrations in the county. Each year it packs in thousands of people to Grand Lake.

New activities are being added throughout the day to the town’s Independence Day celebration, as old favorites, like the Rotary Pancake Breakfast will continue. 

The decision was made Thursday evening by the Fraser & Winter Park Chamber to cancel its annual Fourth of July fireworks this year, Chamber Director Catherine Ross told Sky-Hi News on Friday morning.

Grand County remains under stage 1 fire restrictions.

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