Celebration to last all day

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July Fourth in Westminster isn’t just fireworks, it’s a day filled with fun in the sun and an evening accompanied by live music and fun activities.

“The city of Westminster is proud to offer a full day of fun this 4th of July,” said Heather Hammarstrom, recreation specialist.

“We hope people will take advantage of the many free activities being offered in Westminster this 4th of July."

The day starts with the Fishin’ for Fun on the Fourth, the Westminster firefighters’ annual fishing derby at City Park Lake. From 8-11 a.m. children 15 and under will have the opportunity to win in categories like first catch, biggest fish and most unusual catch.

After the fishing, a barbecue lunch will be served and prizes will be awarded.

Youngsters can also sign up for prizes and take a spin on a vintage fire truck.

To beat the heat on the fourth, Uncle Sam’s Splash Bash celebration will be happening from 1-3 p.m. at Countryside Outdoor Pool, 10470 Oak St.

Families can enjoy water games and activities as well as hotdogs and hamburgers. No registration is required and the cost is general admission to the pool.

Completing in the fun-filled day is the 4th of July Celebration at City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. Food vendors will open at 6 p.m., followed by a free concert at 7 p.m. by Heartbeat. Jumping castles, slides and other free activities will be available for the youth. Fireworks are set to begin at 9:15 p.m. Parking is limited, so residents are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus from many locations in Westminster and the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District.

“City Park is one of the best venues around for watching fireworks.  People can sit on the hillside and enjoy a unique eye-level view of the fireworks,” Hammarstrom said.

“The free shuttle service makes it very easy to get to and from the event. There’s no better place to be on the 4th of July.”

Although July 4 is meant to be a fun day, there are precautions residents must take with their own fireworks.

In Westminster, fireworks are allowed on a limited basis, but if the state bans fireworks statewide because of dry conditions, the city will follow suit.

According the city of Westminster website, any device that explodes or leaves the ground on its own power is illegal, including firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and similar items are not allowed.

However, sparklers, fountains and non-exploding pyrotechnics that do not leave the ground and are legal in the State of Colorado are allowed from midnight July 3 to noon on July 5.

Residents may report use of illegal fireworks to the non-emergency police/fire number, 303-658-4360.

For more information precautions visit www.ci.westminster.co.us.