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Friday, June 29, 2007

Time to have a blast
Longmont’s annual fireworks outlast neighboring shows

By Valerie Singleton
The Daily Times-Call


Longmont’s fireworks show lasts longer than any other in the Front Range.
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LONGMONT — The city has spent nearly $20,000 to put on its annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road.

For that hefty chunk of change, Longmont receives 10 minutes more than many of its fireworks-shooting counterparts, according to Michael Selan, hazardous-materials inspector for the Longmont Fire Department and this city’s fireworks know-it-all.

“We’re one of the few that have a 30-minute fireworks show,” Selan says. “Twenty minutes is the (average show and audience) attention span. It’s been very popular in Longmont. Since we don’t have a condensed’s more spread out, and everybody finds their own spot.”

Selan advises anyone looking for prime viewing spots to arrive early. In his years of setting up the event, Selan has seen folks lining lawn chairs on Hover Street sidewalks as early as noon.

For Fourth of July festivities earlier in the day in Longmont, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra performs its annual Independence Day concert at noon Wednesday in Thompson Park, 400 Bross St.

Valerie Singleton can be reached at 303-684-5319 or by e-mail at


Fourth of July Festival, 3 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m., on Wednesday at Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex, 58th Avenue and Oak Street. 720-898-7400.


The Great American Sing-Along, 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grusin Music Hall on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. A $5 donation is suggested.

Patriotic laser shows “Spirit of America” at 1 p.m. and “Stars and Lasers” at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Fiske Planetarium, on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. 303-492-5002.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, a family-friendly festival with fireworks, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Folsom Field on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. www

Jubilate presents “Americana,” a tribute to the history of Chautauqua, from American choral classics to early popular favorites, 7:30 p.m. July 7. Pre-concert picnic entertainment also will be provided. $15 at the door or at www

Commerce City

“4th Fest Colorado,” featuring a beer garden, interactive kids stage, family activity zone, a Colorado Rapids game and a Fourth of July fireworks show, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way. $17-$60 (game price only). 1-866-461-6556;


Sixth Annual Fourth of July Liberty Run, Walk & Festival of Rights at 7 a.m. Wednesday in Washington Park, East Louisiana Avenue and South Gilpin Street. www.liberty

Denver Outlaws lacrosse game and post-game fireworks display, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant St. $10 to $40.

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration, featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence and actors portraying American pioneers, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. $7. 303-399-1859.


Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks, food and family entertainment, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Vista Ridge Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway. 303-926-1723.

Estes Park

Independence Day fireworks display, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Estes. 970-577-9900; www.EstesPark

Benefit pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 920 Big Thompson Ave. $3 to $5 suggested donation. 970-577-0610.

Coolest Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Park, 250 Park Lane. $2 to $10; children younger than 6 free. 970-586-6256;

Dick Orleans performance, 3 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park. Free. 970-577-9900;

Independence Day Patriotic Concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Performance Park Amphitheater, 417 W. Elkhorn Ave. Free. 970-577-9900;


Fourth of July Celebration featuring The Denver Brass, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancer & Bag Pipers and National Repertory Orchestra 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Lake Park, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road. $5 to $10; children younger than 5 free. 303-674-8214.


This 4th at Firestone, starting at 10 a.m. with a parade, followed by performances by Sferes & White, Whiskey Trip, Luke Ham Sandwich Family Band, Peaches Embry & the Groove Drs and Bill Taylor at Saddleback Golf Club, 8631 Frontier St.

Fort Collins

July 4th in City Park, activities, food, live music and an evening fireworks display, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at City Park, 1599 City Park Drive. 970-221-6640.


Greeley Independence Stampede, featuring a parade (9 a.m.), professional rodeo finals (1:30 p.m.), a concert by Lonestar (8 p.m.) and post-show fireworks at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave. 970-356-2855;

Idaho Springs

Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Big Kahuna, 302 Soda Creek Road. No cover. 303-567-4655.


“Red, White & You,” food, music, family entertainment and fireworks, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave. 303-409-2626;


Boulder Philharmonic picnic and patriotic celebration, 2 p.m. Wednesday at Balfour Retirement Community, 1855 Plaza Drive. Free. 303-926-3853.


July 4th Festival in North Lake Park, featuring a flag-raising ceremony, square dancing, clog dancing demonstrations, a performance by bluegrass band Faces of Eve and an evening fireworks display, 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at North Lake Park, 29th Street and Taft Avenue. 970-962-2727.


Independence Day Parade, followed by children’s activities, noon on Saturday at the Teen Center, 151 East St. Fireworks follow in the evening. 303-258-3821.


Pete Wernick & FLEXIGRASS CD release show from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Niwot Bandstand, off the Diagonal Highway, between Niwot Road and Second Avenue.


“Fourth of July Red, White & Boom,” entertainment, parachuters, a concert by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Multipurpose Fields, 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. 720-977-5960.


Fourth of July Celebration, featuring food, entertainment and a concert with Funkiphino, 6 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m., Wednesday, at Westminster City Park Complex, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. 303-430-2400.

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