Be in the know before you light up.
Before we dive in, though, keep in mind that any firework that leaves the ground is illegal in the state of Colorado. So if you are going to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, make sure you are doing so in a safe and legal way. Now, we've already given you the lowdown on where you can watch professional fireworks in Colorado, but if you're wanting to have little fireworks celebrations of your own, well, you've come to the right place!
Many (and we mean MANY) areas across the state have placed bans on all fireworks and even canceled their annual firework shows due to the recent wildfires and the pandemic. Below is a complete list of where fireworks are legal in Colorado.
If your area has not been listed, well, we're afraid you're out of luck ... However, if you'd like more information on your specific area, please contact your city or county officials directly.
Where Fireworks Are Legal in Colorado
Arapahoe County (unincorporated)
Currently, there aren't any fire restrictions in place for unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County, Centennial, Foxfield, and Deer Trail. Please note that the sale and use of fireworks are prohibited in all unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County. Only professional displays are allowed.
It's illegal to possess and use any fireworks (including sparklers) in Arvada. The Arvada Police Department will enforce fireworks violations and ticket all people in possession of fireworks, and all fireworks will be confiscated.
The sale, possession, and use of certain fireworks are legal in Aurora. However, please note that fireworks can only be purchased and used in Aurora from June 15 to July 4. Fireworks that do not leave the ground or explode are allowed. Illegal fireworks can be reported at AuroraGov.org/ContactUs, from July 1 to July 5.
Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect on June 25. Eagle County, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and White River National Forest have all implemented the same restrictions.
It's illegal to use or possess any fireworks within Boulder city limits (this includes all city parks 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. Illegal firewworks can be reported by calling 303-441-3333. Citations will be issued and fireworks will be confiscated.
Boulder County (unincorporated)
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions went into effect on June 25 for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.
Fireworks of any kind are prohibited within town limits.
Fountains, ground spinners, smoke bombs, sparklers, and small toy cars/tanks with pyrotechnics/glow worms are legal. Any fireworks that fly through the air, explode, or have flaming projectiles are illegal.
Sparklers, cigarette loads, trick noisemakers, toy smoke devices, trick matches, toy caps (that do not contain more than 25-hundredths of a grain of explosive compound per cap), and novelty auto alarms are legal. Everything else is illegal.
Only fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal, and only on July 4. Fireworks that leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces are not allowed. If fireworks are brought in from outside Colorado, they are mostly likely illegal and will be subject to seizure, summons, or fines.
The use and possession of certain "permissible fireworks"—limited only to those that do not explode, leave the ground, or fly through the air.
Legal fireworks are "non-explosive" pyrotechnics that do not leave the ground—including cigarette loads, explosive auto alarms, ground spinners, sparklers, trick matches, cylindrical or cone fountains, glow worms, party poppers, toy smoke devices, and noisemakers. Everything else is illegal.
Cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, ground spinners, sparklers, dipped sticks, wheels, snake or glow worms, and illuminating torches are legal. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and any other fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal.
Jefferson County (unincorporated)
Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke devices, trick noisemakers, and snake or glow worms are all legal. This is only when a fire restriction or ban is not in effect.
All fireworks are prohibited except for professional displays. This includes items like sparklers, Roman candles and smoke bombs. Fines for illegal fireworks can reach $2,650.
Larimer County (unincorporated)
Any fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal.
All personal fireworks are illegal in Littleton, including sparklers.
If you see or hear fireworks, report it to the Littleton Police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551.
Fireworks that are aerial, explode or fragment (i.e., bottle rockets, mortars, Roman candles, firecrackers, cherry bombs and similar more powerful fireworks) are illegal.
All fireworks that leave the ground and explode are illegal. Fines for use of illegal fireworks are up to $500 and 90 days in jail and/or both. Report illegal fireworks by calling 303-651-8501.
The sale or use of any firework that leaves the ground is illegal. Legal fireworks include sparklers, fountains, smoke balls, items with crackle or strobe effects, wheels and spinners, and various novelty items. Report illegal fireworks by calling 970-962-2110.
Fireworks that leave the ground are illegal. Report illegal fireworks online.
Any device that explodes or lifts off the ground is not allowed in city or county. Fireworks like ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, and smoke bombs are legal under the municipal code.
Fireworks cannot be possessed, made, sold, handled, or used. Snap pops or confetti-filled items are legal, however. A first violation is a minimum fine of $500; a second violation is a fine of $1,000. To dispose of fireworks without penalty, bring them to any Thornton Fire Station through July 10.
Fireworks that explode, emit a loud bang, leave the ground due to an explosive charge, or fly through the air self-propelled are illegal for handling, possession, sale, storage, and/or use. From July 3 to July 5, the Westminster Municipal Code allows “permissible fireworks to be used including sparklers, fountains, ground spinners, illuminated torches and dipped sticks. Anonymous tips can be left at 303-706-3812.
All fireworks, including fountains and sparklers, are illegal.
All fireworks are illegal.
What do you think of the restrictions on fireworks across Colorado this year? Does this ban affect your neighborhood? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, and let's get the conversation started. And we hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!