Arvadans can celebrate America’s 237th birthday this year with free fun and fireworks courtesy of the Arvada Festivals Commission.
The commission, in conjunction with KOOL 105, the city of Arvada and Apex Park and Recreation District is hosting the annual 4th of July celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Stenger and Lutz Sports Complex at 58th Avenue and Oak Street.
The festival leading up to the fireworks show will feature food vendors, community booths, military vehicle and fire department vehicle displays, a classic car show and live music from Wide Open and FIVE13.
Children will be able to jump on five inflatables from Apex, pet alpacas, get their face painted, play games and do activities for free. Children can also roll around in giant hamster balls for a small fee.
“It’s a fun event for the whole family,” said Nancy Bentzen, chair of the Festivals Commission. “And everyone loves fireworks.”
This year’s fireworks are planned to begin at 9 p.m. and KOOL 105 will simulcast music to accompany the show.
As of publication, there were no fire bans in effect that will prevent the fireworks show from being staged.
While the best viewing spot for the fireworks is at the sports complex, the fireworks can be seen from spots around the city, Bentzen said.
Residents will be able to park in the Stenger and Lutz parking lots off of Oak Street beginning at 3 p.m.
Attendees will not be able to save parking spots.
RV parking will be on the west side of the Stenger Complex and handicapped parking will be in the lower lot at Lutz.
No parking is allowed on Kipling Street. The intersection of Oak Street and W. 58th Avenue will close with the lots are full.
With thousands of people expected to attend the celebration and fireworks show, carpooling is recommended, Bentzen said.
Celebration attendees are not allowed to bring alcohol or pets into the complex.
Personal fireworks are also prohibited in Arvada and laws will be enforced at the event and in surrounding neighborhoods.
For more information on the celebration, including up-to-date information on the firework show, visit www.ArvadaFestivals.com or call 720-898-7400.