The Fourth of July may look different in Douglas County this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is certain: firework shows will still happen.
The three county options for firework displays will be in Castle Rock, an area near the Pinery south of Parker and Highlands Ranch. Each show will be broadcast live on the county’s website, douglas.co.us, and the county’s Facebook page, facebook.com/douglas.co.us. Castle Rock’s show will be available at facebook.com/crgov.
“After the difficulties our communities have recently been through, we wanted to create a special opportunity for everyone to have fun, remember and celebrate our nation’s freedom,” county Commissioner Lora Thomas said in a release.
Residents have the choice to watch the shows from their home, their vehicle or online, according to the release. There will not be any kind of official, organized watch gathering, as concerns around the coronavirus persist.
Each show will begin at 9:30 p.m. The Highlands Ranch and Pinery shows will last about 30 minutes and the Castle Rock show will go on for about 15 minutes.
While the Highlands Ranch display will launch from Mountain Vista High School, the school’s property and nearby streets will be closed to discourage on-site viewing, according to the release. The same is true for the Pinery launch location.
Recommended viewing locations for each display are posted at douglas.co.us. Information on the Castle Rock show is at CRgov.com/fireworks.
While the annual Highlands Ranch Community Association Independence Day 5K in Highlands Ranch was canceled, a virtual version of the event will still happen. Those who wish to participate can sign up at hrcaonline.org. Once registered, runners and walkers can print out a race bib and run the distance wherever they want within a two-week window of the July 4 race.
Each participant will get a race T-shirt shipped to them, or they can pick it up.
Runners can participate in multiple ways, including on a treadmill or a trail. Photos and posts of the event can use the hashtag #HRCA4th on social media or @HRraceseries on Facebook.
Those who complete the race will get a discount at Living The Dream Brewing Company.
In Parker, interested residents are being asked to bring lawn chairs, grills and picnic necessities to their front porch, yard or driveway for a town-wide outdoor party.
Residents participating can send in a photo or video of their party and send it to the town to take part in a contest. More information is available at ParkerOnline.org.
CCM reporter Nick Puckett contributed to this story.
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