All commercial fireworks have been canceled in Grand County, including Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser, Granby and Kremmling, according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.
Fraser officials decided on Sunday to cancel that town's Fourth of July fireworks; officials in Kremmling followed suit on Monday morning; and after a meeting among stakeholders, Grand Lake organizers decided on Monday to cancel that town's Fourth of July fireworks show over the lake. Granby officials were the first to cancel that town's July 30 fireworks last week.
"There's a high risk to start a fire," Johnson said. "(Fireworks) are not a good enough reason to take that chance."
In Grand Lake, Fireworks Committee volunteers were busily collecting donations through the weekend. According to that committee's chair Doris Braun, the fundraising will resume next weekend since the committee still needs to cover the cost of the fireworks under contract.
The public fireworks show, which costs the committee $25,000, is being "postponed" until New Year's Eve, Braun said. The New Year's Eve fireworks show also takes place on the lake.
And while fireworks volunteers collected dollars at Grand Lake's intersection to support the show, another citizen was collecting signatures. Avis Gray, owner of Cascade Book Store in Grand Lake, can now breathe a sigh of relief after having already collected more than 100 signatures on a petition to cancel the fireworks in town due to fire risks.
Although there will not be fireworks at the popular Grand Lake beachfront on the Fourth of July, there will still be activities, according to Braun, such as a lighted-decorated boat parade around 9:30 p.m., a DJ from 2-10 p.m. with a dance party, and an 8 p.m. costume contest.
Fourth of July festivities in Granby, Kremmling and Fraser/Winter Park are also scheduled to go on unabated, just without fireworks.