Winter Park cancels Fourth of July fireworks for safety reasons |

Winter Park cancels Fourth of July fireworks for safety reasons

Fireworks illuminate the sky over Hideaway Park during last year's Fourth of July celebration in Winter Park.
File photo / Art Ferrari

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.

All other festivities planned in Winter Park for the Fourth, however, will continue, she said.

Ross said it was a decision based upon the chamber’s responsibility to surrounding lands, which they feel obligated to protect. While Grand County is currently observing Stage 1 fire restrictions, which went into effect Thursday, professional fireworks displays are still permitted. Still, the chamber believes it would not be a good idea to be shooting fireworks into the night sky.

But Ross said the Fourth of July celebration in Winter Park will still be a great time and encouraged people to come out.

“We’ll have an amazing video on the jumbotron of incredible fireworks from around the world,” she said, “complete with the ‘boom’ sounds.”

Winter Park’s official Independence Day festivities, with the exception of its fireworks, will be held at the Rendezvous Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. Live music by Judd Hoos is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Hundreds gathered last year for the Lance Gutersohn’s Fourth of July celebration, the official name of the holiday extravaganza, and stayed to watch colorful fireworks illuminate the sky over Hideaway Park.

A decision has not yet been made regarding the annual fireworks in Grand Lake, which are known for being some of the area’s largest and most popular, or for Granby’s fireworks planned at the Flying Heels Rodeo Arena.

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