Fireworks displays

July 3:

Colorado National Golf Club in Erie: Festivities begin at 5 p.m.; see

July 4:

Folsom Field in Boulder: Gates open at 8 p.m.; see

Broomfield County Commons Park: Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m.; see

Waneka Lake in Lafayette: Celebration begins at 4 p.m.; see

Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville: Events begin at 6 p.m.; see

Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont: Fireworks planned for 9:30 p.m.; see

A year ago, as the Flagstaff Fire burned just outside of Boulder, and high temperatures and dry conditions were the norm, every city in the county canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show.

But this year, with slightly better conditions, it looks as if the shows will go on.

All of the planned fireworks shows in Boulder County are scheduled to go off as scheduled. But Sheriff Joe Pelle said he still hopes mountain towns such as Jamestown decide to cancel their fireworks shows.

"I just think it would be really ill-advised and actually in poor taste to do a fireworks show up in the mountains," Pelle said.

Pelle said while there isn't a wildfire burning in Boulder County like there was in 2012, conditions in the mountains are not that much better than at the same time last year. He pointed out that 70,000 mountain acres are now burning in the state.

"Quite honestly, we are drying out quickly with the winds and the high temperatures," Pelle said. "We're about a week or two behind our neighbors to the north."

Pelle said he is not as concerned about Boulder County towns and cities in the plains holding their fireworks shows because they have more space and their own fire departments for support.

"They have a lot more capacity in those locations to make those decisions for themselves," Pelle said. "They don't have forests, they don't have beetle kill. It's really a completely different animal in the plains than in the mountains."

Boulder Fire Marshal Dave Lowrey last year canceled the Ralphie's Independence Day Blast fireworks show at the University of Colorado's Folsom Field amid heavy fire concerns. But he said, as of now, he has no plans to do the same this year.

"Something really drastic would have to happen now that we're a week and a half away," he said. "As long as the weather cooperates the day of, we should be good to go."

Lowrey said conditions -- while still not great -- are better than in 2012.

"There is still a concern, but we're better than we were last year, at least locally," Lowrey said, noting that grasses are greener. "Right here in Boulder, we're sitting a little better than we were last year."

The dry, brown conditions last year led to the cancellation of the county's fireworks shows, although neighboring Broomfield went ahead with its display. This year, in addition to Boulder and Broomfield, shows in Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Longmont are scheduled to host fireworks.

Nederland no longer has a fireworks show, after the Board of Trustees decided earlier this year to end the annual display for numerous reasons, including fire risk. As for Jamestown, the town has not announced any cancellation but did not return calls Monday to confirm the show is still scheduled.

Pelle said although he hopes no mountain towns set off fireworks, it's their decision.

"Ultimately, if they're doing it within their city limits, it's up to them," Pelle said.

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