I'll admit, this is news to me.

America's birthday (July 4) is celebrated in the form of countless traditions every year, but one tradition that a majority of Americans seem to partake in annually, without fail, is the lighting of fireworks.

(for the record, this isn't the part that is news to me)

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This is - Did you know that most fireworks are illegal in Colorado? 

Specifically, any firework that leaves the ground is illegal in the state.

RELATED: The Largest Fireworks Display In Colorado Returns This July 4th

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Fireworks That Are Illegal In Colorado

For starters, all fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Colorado.

That includes:

  • firecrackers
  • cherry bombs 
  • bottle rockets
  • mortars
  • Roman candles 
  • lady fingers

Fireworks Restrictions, Rules & Guidelines For Northern Colorado & Surrounding Areas

Depending on what part of Colorado you live in, certain kinds of fireworks might be permitted in your area, such as:

  • sparklers
  • snakes
  • fountain fireworks
  • wheels
  • ground spinners

The following is a list of fireworks laws, rules, restrictions, and guidance for summer 2022 around Northern Colorado and surrounding areas, as per 9News: 

Kids jump and cheer as they watching fireworks from dock at lake in Montana.
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Fort Collins 

All fireworks, including sparklers and snakes, are illegal to sell, possess or use in the Choice City.

The possession and use (without a permit) of fireworks of any kind in Fort Collins may result in confiscation of the fireworks, issuance of a summons into municipal court, and a fine up to $2,650.


Permissible fireworks are non-explosive and are not intended to leave the ground— such as fountains, ground spinners, illuminating torches, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellants, trick noise makers, and tube devices.

Greeley City Council voted to amend the city ordinance related to the sale, possession, and use of fireworks in the city earlier this month, according to 9News. 

Effective June 15, 2022, this change increases fines up to $1,000. This fine also applies to people who willingly allow others to possess or use illegal fireworks on their property — not just the people setting them off.

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The sale or use of any firework that leaves the ground is illegal in Loveland.

Legal fireworks in Loveland include sparklers, fountains, smoke balls, items with crackle or strobe effects, wheels and spinners, and various novelty items.


Any kind of firework that leaves the ground and explodes is illegal in Johnstown. Illegal fireworks include torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, Roman candles, and Day-Glow bombs.

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It is unlawful for any person to use or ignite fireworks within the municipal limits of Severance. It is also unlawful to manufacture, sell or store for sale any fireworks within the municipal limits.


All fireworks that are not part of a professional display permitted by Windsor Severance Fire Rescue are illegal in the towns of Windsor and Severance.


All fireworks that leave the ground and explode are illegal in Longmont. Fines for use of illegal fireworks are up to $500 and 90 days in jail and/or both.

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If you plan on celebrating America's birthday this summer with some sort of fireworks display in Colorado, make sure you are doing so accordingly - or else it could cost you, big time.

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