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Fireworks a go in nearby towns

Glenwood Springs won’t be hosting a fireworks display on the Fourth of July, but other nearby communities are going ahead with plans to light up the skies this Independence Day.

Glenwood Springs City Council member Rick Davis said town officials made the decision early not to have a fireworks display on the Fourth of July because of drought and fire hazard. The display will be held in December.

But for other communities who hold annual fireworks celebrations, it’s a go.



Orrin Moon, deputy fire chief at the Aspen Fire Department, confirmed Aspen is planning fireworks for the Fourth.

“As far as I know, they’re still on,” said Moon. “There will likely be a final decision three to four days before the Fourth, but as of now, I don’t anticipate a problem.”



The town of Carbondale is all ready to light up Mount Sopris with a fireworks show. Fireworks will be set off on White Hill southeast of downtown on the Fourth.

In Rifle, the Rifle Fire District is going ahead with fireworks plans. The district will be lighting off fireworks southwest of Rifle High School.

Danice and Jack Hazelhurst of the Parachute Chamber of Commerce are going all out this year for the Parachute fireworks show.

“We’ve spent $8,000 on our fireworks this year,” Danice Hazelhurst said, adding that the fireworks were purchased from the same company that produced the fireworks in Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics.

The fireworks will be held at Cottonwood Park on the rodeo grounds, and Hazelhurst said they’ll be plenty of food for sale, plus a band, Exit 42 of Palisade.

“We figure this will be great, because it will get kids out to the park instead of lighting fireworks in their backyards,” she said with a chuckle.

All fireworks displays are scheduled after dusk on Friday, July 4.

The towns of Basalt, New Castle and Silt don’t typically host a fireworks display, and this year is no exception.

However, the Roaring Fork Club, a golf community just east of Basalt, often presents its own fireworks show on the Fourth. Plans are still in the works for this year, but as yet, nothing has been confirmed.

And Talbott Industries, the company that operates nearby Apple Tree Park, is working on presenting fireworks there.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

cclick@postindependent.com


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