Amid COVID-19 public safety concerns and requirements regarding physical distancing and event planning, the Town of Windsor was faced with two choices. Either the town could cancel the annual community fireworks display or it could find a new, central location that would enable residents to safely view the display from their neighborhood. In an effort to celebrate Independence Day, the town decided to move the display to a central location.
This year’s fireworks display will be launched from a location situated between the Poudre River Trail to the north and New Liberty Road to the south and between 7th Street to the east and Colorado Boulevard to the west. The area is central to Windsor and sits at the top of a bluff believed to be the town’s highest point.
The new location was chosen so residents could hopefully see the display without leaving their homes or neighborhood. For many, the display will likely be viewable from the comfort of their yard. There will be no public access at or around the launch site and there is enough open space to safely discharge fireworks without endangering open spaces.
“While we’re disappointed that it’s not going to be our usual gathering at Boardwalk Park, the only other alternative was cancelling the event. There really was no ‘one-size fits all’ solution,” explained Tara Fotsch, Windsor’s Acting Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture.
“For those who won’t be able to see it from their home, we’re hoping residents will disperse into green spaces, along sidewalks and on bike paths, adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” says Police Chief Rick Klimek. As an added precaution, New Liberty Road—the road closest to the new launch site—will be closed to vehicular traffic and the public at 8 p.m.
At one point, just after town staff were instructed to forego any non-essential spending, the town considered canceling the display. “Town leadership agreed that Fourth of July fireworks should be considered essential,” said Fotsch.
Every year, Fourth of July activities bring around ten thousand visitors to the Windsor Lake area.
While the fireworks display will still happen, state mandated attendance requirements have necessitated the Town of Windsor to cancel related activities at Boardwalk Park including food vendors and the July 4th 5k and Four Paws Fun Run. Non-motorized boating will be allowed; permitted boaters using non-rented watercraft can be on the water until 8 p.m. Boat rentals on Windsor Lake will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who pre-register online. Motorized boating will not be permitted that day.
Weather permitting, Fourth of July fireworks will launch at approximately 9:10 p.m.
As with many other communities in Colorado, personal fireworks are prohibited within the town of Windsor. Using anything that explodes or leaves the ground is not allowed and can result in a $510 fine. More importantly, personal fireworks pose a serious fire and safety risk. Even sparklers, which can burn anywhere from 1800°F to 3000°F—hot enough to melt gold—are dangerous, especially to children. While most people love fireworks, Windsor Police and Windsor Severance Fire Rescue ask residents to leave them to professionals.
The town’s administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 3. This includes Windsor’s Town Hall, 301 Walnut St., Public Services campus, 922 N. 15th St., and Police Department administrative offices, 200 N. 11th Street. Officers will remain on duty. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.
The Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th St., and the Windsor History Museum (formerly Boardwalk Park Museum), 100 N. 5th St., will be closed Saturday, July 4.
For more information, visit windsorgov.com/July4th or call 970-674-3500. For more information about the town’s response to COVID-19, visit windsorgov.com/Coronavirus