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Town of Breckenridge Cancels July 4th Fireworks & Issues Proclamation Banning Fireworks

Post Date:06/27/2018 12:36 PM

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – June 27, 2018 – Due to dry conditions and the upcoming weather forecast, Breckenridge Town Council decided to cancel the planned fireworks show at the most recent Town Council meeting.

 

As of Wednesday, June 27, the fire danger in Summit County was changed from “HIGH” to “VERY HIGH.” As a result, Town of Breckenridge staff, along with police and fire department staff, reviewed plans and upcoming weather forecast and determined that due to the fire danger and for the safety of participants, volunteers, and guests the 4th of July firework show will not take place this year. The Local Energy Release Component, as of June 27, is near 66, putting Summit County in around the 94th percentile. Summit County has been put on a Red Flag watch for Thursday, June 28.

 

“While canceling the famed Breckenridge 4th of July firework show is never ideal, we hope guests understand why this decision had to be made and that it’s best for our community," said Mayor Eric Mamula. “Breckenridge always strives to be extremely cautious with firework displays, the council feels that it is better to not take a chance, especially with most of the state of Colorado in abnormally dry to drought conditions.”

 

 In addition, the Town of Breckenridge, through proclamation, is also prohibiting all fireworks, even those that would otherwise be considered permissible under Town Code, due to fire danger and drought conditions. The Town would like to emphasize to our residents and guests that no fireworks of any kind will be allowed from July 3-5 this year, whether professional or personal, in the Breckenridge Town limits. 

 

Breckenridge Independence Day kicks off with a 10K trail run at 7 a.m., followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade at 10 a.m. Historic Main Street celebration will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (local C.J. Muller) and finish with free kids’ activities including a Main Street water fight with the local fire department from 1-2 p.m., pony rides and a drum circle in Blue River Plaza. Stick around for free live music (BYO chair or blanket on the Riverwalk Lawn) by the National Repertory Orchestra starting at 8:00 p.m. (reserved indoor seats are just $20).  For more information and a full list of events, visit www.GoBreck.com.

Contact: Haley Littleton, haleyl@townofbreckenridge.com, 970-547-3144