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New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Glenwood Springs still on

Boom goes the dynamite. Boom goes 2020.

Even though COVID-19 has especially hampered events and gatherings around Garfield County, the Glenwood Springs New Year’s Eve fireworks display is still on.

What’s still on, the display is slated to light up the night sky at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 from Two Rivers Park. The park, however, will be closed off to the general public beginning at 5 p.m.



“This is going to be a bigger and better fireworks display than Glenwood’s ever had,” Glenwood Springs Recreation Manager Pat Miller said.

Pyromaniacs and thrill-seeking spectators should be pleased to know that this year’s celebratory incendiaries will include mortars of biblical proportions.



“The mortars range anywhere from 2 to 4.5 inches,” Miller said. Those 4.5-inch tubes are really going to be able to put up those big fire

If you go

What: Glenwood Springs New Year’s Eve fireworks display

When: 10 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: Anywhere but Two Rivers Park (closed off to general public)

How much: Free

works and create quite the grand finale.”

Spectators are being asked to view the explosive display from anywhere but the closed-off park. Miller said retail parking lots and higher ground typically offer the best views of the fireworks.

According to the city, the display can likely be spotted within a 2- to 3-mile radius from Two Rivers Park.

“Any kind of location where you’re not going to be hindered by trees or houses,” Miller said. “Any higher vantage points are going to be the best.”

Meanwhile, folks can go down to Seventh Street to enjoy the celebration. Miller said security and the Glenwood Springs Police Department will be on hand to help remind people to wear masks and social distance.

With that, Miller said he is proud of the resiliency of the city for still being able to hold the annual fireworks display.

“It’s fairly monumental for the city to actually host an event in 2020,” he said. “I think it’s a very appropriate event… We’re kind of taking 2020 and blowing it up and sending it into the past and looking forward to 2021.”

HOT SPRINGS RESORT CELEBRATION CANCELED

The annual Glenwood Hot Springs Resort New Year’s Eve celebration has been canceled due to safety precautions.

According to the resort, however, they will still be open during normal hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

“It is such a hard decision because it’s such a family event, and people look forward to it and being down here,” said director of operations Kevin Flohr. “But the world is different this year. It’s just something we all have to do and get through it together.”

“Together, it takes all of us to make sure this curve gets bent,” he added. “And that’s the part we feel is most important… we need to do what’s right more than anything else.”

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