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Fireworks displays for Colorado Springs families

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!
Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!
(AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)

If you were planning to take the kids to watch fireworks at Memorial Park, don’t make the drive. This will be the second year now that fireworks will be missing from Memorial Park due to budgetary cuts. But don’t despair. There are several other great places you can take the kids for some Fourth of July fun.

The Air Force Academy will be providing family-oriented games, music, and fireworks at the Academy’s athletic fields at 4:-00 p.m. on July 4th. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., and the Air Force Academy Band will perform from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show will begin shortly thereafter. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and cameras. Plastic water bottles are allowed but they must be sealed. Visitors may not bring coolers, barbecue grills, pets (other than working service dogs), or fireworks.

Visitors attending the event should enter the Air Force Academy through the North Gate (Exit 156B on I-25), and can park at and near the Cadet Field House. Be sure to leave early enough as the Academy is expecting as many as 50,000 people. Random vehicle checks will take place at the gate, similar to those done for Academy football games.

Fort Carson will be hosting its Salute to America celebration beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Iron Horse Park. The Park can accommodate up to 15,000 people. The event will include carnival games, food vendors, musical entertainment from the New Sensation band, and a fireworks display set to music provided by the 4th Infantry Division Band. Visitors should enter through Gate 1, off State Highway 115. Attendees over the age of 18 must present a federal or state issued photo ID and proof of vehicle registration and insurance. Weapons, glass bottles, pets (besides service animals), and backpacks are prohibited.

The annual Fourth of July Buffalo Bar-B-Q will take place at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with fireworks launching around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The event will include food and live entertainment. The fireworks will be viewable from anywhere in the downtown area.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Woodland Park. The event, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be held at Memorial Park, Woodland Park, and will include a fishing contest, food, music and vendors. Fireworks will be launched at dusk from Woodland Park High School.

Fireworks will launch around 9:15 p.m. at Sunday’s Palmer Lake Fireworks Extravaganza in Monument, but activities for the Extravaganza begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. with a barn dance at Sibell’s Barn on Front Street, a parade and street fair tomorrow, and a tractor pull, festival, and live music beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Click here for a schedule of events.

A fireworks show will light up the skies over the City Park at Cripple Creek at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The show will choreographed to patriotic music and will be visible from anywhere in town. The Cripple Creek Fourth of July celebration has been around since 1900, and has been recognized as one of the best displays of Colorado fireworks anywhere. Admission is free and the fireworks show will begin at dark.

Want to avoid the crowds but still get your “fireworks fix?” Classic Companies (Flying Horse), located off of Highway 83 and Northgate Road, will open their fireworks display to the public this year on the 4th of July. They will present a fifteen-minute display beginning at 9:15 p.m. right before the Air Force Academy’s fireworks begin. You can watch their display and then hang around and watch the Academy’s display (and avoid mingling with 50,000 other people!). The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and cameras. Rain will cancel the event. Guests are asked to park in the designated parking areas only. Spectators are not allowed to park at private residences, the Flying Horse Club Grounds or the Golf Course.

Just a reminder, any fireworks that have a fuse, or need matches or a lighter to work, are not allowed within city limits according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. The ban includes sparklers, snakes, roman candles, and bottle rockets. Police say if you are caught possessing or using fireworks within city limits, you could face misdemeanor charges. And, if you start a fire as a result of your fireworks, you could be looking at jail time. So, take advantage of events going on around town, have fun with your family, and stay out of jail!

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