Local Independence Day fireworks:

July 3

Erie: The Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, is hosting a community event starting at 4:30 p.m. with fireworks to begin after dark.

July 4

Broomfield: A celebration will be held at County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd., beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a fireworks display scheduled to start after 9:30 p.m.

Lafayette: A celebration and free concert will be held at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Longmont: A fireworks display will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, near the intersection of Hover Road and Boston Avenue, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Boulder: The Ralphie's Independence Day Blast will be held at Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave., with gates opening at 8 p.m.

With extensive flood repair work already under way at Louisville's Coal Creek Golf Course, city officials have decided to cancel this year's Fourth of July fireworks display over the lack of a proper venue.

Louisville has $16,000 set aside in its 2014 budget to fund the city's annual fireworks show, which was set to be held at the publicly owned course.

The City Council in February signed off on a $5.15 million contract with a landscaping firm to repair and improve the golf course, which saw between 35 and 40 bunkers washed out, 14 greens damaged, and suffered various other damage during last September's deluge.

The large, irrigated space had been an ideal setting for Fourth of July sparks to fly, but since it will remain closed to the public until spring 2015, Louisville's elected leaders this week directed city staff to forego Fourth of July planning this year with eyes on a big comeback in the summer of 2015.

"Personally, I'm disappointed. It's a great tradition for the community and we all look forward to having them each year," City Councilman Jeff Lipton said. "This is a unique year because we just don't have the appropriate venue with the golf course being under construction and I don't want to move them to a place where we might cause a fire hazard or other impacts to neighbors or surrounding land owners.

"Basically our options were pretty limited."

Other options explored

Meredyth Muth, with the Louisville city manager's office, presented council members on Tuesday with a few possible alternatives to hosting the event at the golf course. They included moving the display to the city's sports complex, 1200 Courtesy Road, reaching out to Monarch High School to see if the school property might be used, or contributing financially to a joint event to be held at Lafayette's Waneka Lake.

Councilwoman Ashley Stolzmann said she wanted city staff to explore some of those options, but the rest of the council and Mayor Bob Muckle indicated they'd like to see the money rolled over for 2015.

A brief discussion of events that would not include fireworks — such as a barbecue at Community Park — also were dismissed, mainly due to budget concerns and the fact that residents have already begun reserving spaces in the city's parks for their own private celebrations.

Council members said that the money could be dedicated to a larger Fourth of July event next year, or possibly two fireworks displays — one for the holiday and another to celebrate the reopening of Coal Creek Gold Course.

Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky at the Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville on July 5, 2006, after the show was rained out on the Fourth of
Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky at the Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville on July 5, 2006, after the show was rained out on the Fourth of July. ( Sammy Dallal )

Muth said the ultimate destination of the $16,000 being saved this year will be determined when city officials sit down to lay out the 2015 budget.

"It will all come down to this year's budget process," Muth said. "It's not automatic that we will get twice as many fireworks next year."

'Probably for the best'

Christine Vandrey and her family have lived in Louisville for two years and last year watched the city's fireworks display from a hill near the Louisville Recreation Center. The mother of three said she was sad to hear the city would not host its own event this year.

"I'm definitely disappointed because it was so easy to get out and see them," she said. "It was a great show (in 2013)."

Justin Young moved to Louisville with his wife and 22-month-old son just a few weeks ago. In recent years, Young and his wife have traveled to Atlanta on the Fourth of July so he could participate in the Peachtree Road Race, but this year they were considering staying in the Louisville area to celebrate the holiday, he said.

Young said he understood the City Council decision.

"I don't see it as a big deal," he said. "If it's a safety thing, it's probably for the best."

Louisville last canceled its Fourth of July fireworks in 2012 when many Boulder County communities did so because of high fire danger.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino at 303-473-1328, rubinoj@dailycamera.com and twitter.com/rubinojc.