Why the 4th of July Fireworks Display Can Take Place During a Burn Ban


A few people have asked why the 4th of July fireworks display at Suplizio Field is still scheduled to take place when we are under a burn ban and the sale of fireworks has been outlawed.

A number of factors go into the decision to proceed with the show, and multiple organizations are involved in the discussion and planning.

Factors that make Lincoln Park a safe location include:

  • The fireworks display in Lincoln Park will be performed by a professional pyrotechnics company that is licensed and insured and follows a national standard for safety related to fireworks displays.
  • The location where the fireworks will be set off and the fallout zone (where the fireworks or sparks land) is over irrigated landscaping and grass including the golf course and the practice field, or over asphalt, which dramatically decreases any fire risk.
  • The conditions in Lincoln Park do not change from year to year so the fire ban or conditions that may be occurring elsewhere in Mesa County don’t increase the fire risk to our professional shows in Lincoln Park.
  • The Grand Junction Fire Department as well as Grand Junction Parks and Recreation will have staff on site during the show. Parks and Recreation staff are able to activate the sprinklers by the push of a button in the event they are needed. Fire Department staff and fire apparatus will be on standby in the event they are needed.

The sale of fireworks for personal use is still illegal in Grand Junction and Mesa County and Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in place.

The fireworks display will take place at 9:45 p.m. following the Grand Junction Rockies baseball game and we encourage you to consider celebrating Independence Day by attending. You will need to purchase a game ticket to view the fireworks from the stadium, or you can watch for free from anywhere else in or near Lincoln Park.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

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