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Fireworks in December

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 6:00 PM  -  Add to Calendar

In partnership with Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Community Association and the Highlands Ranch Metro District are excited to bring the July 4th rescheduled fireworks show to Highlands Ranch. This highflying show is designed for watching from afar.

You, your family, and your friends are invited to enjoy a beautiful 25-minute fireworks show flying high in the sky on Dec. 16 starting at 6:00 p.m. As this is a large high-level show, it will require Highland Heritage Regional Park to close entirely, so public access will not be possible. Whether watching the show from your home, business or with friends, this display is designed to be seen from a distance. The partners are working closely with law enforcement agencies in the county, as well as fire protection agencies, to ensure the show follows all safety protocols, including site inspections before the show; personnel on-hand to monitor conditions during the show; and site inspections after the show. 

Recognizing that since this show is not on July 4th, when people are accustomed to seeing and hearing fireworks, some individuals and pets in our communities may experience discomfort when they are surprised by the sounds of fireworks explosions. We are working closely with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement to ensure widespread public awareness. The event information will be shared via digital marketing, video, social media, to newsletter and email subscribers, as well as traditional print advertising. 

In the interest of public safety, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding municipal law enforcement agencies ask that you plan and honor road closures as well as the ‘no parking’ signage in the vicinity of the launch sites. 

Expect temporary changes to traffic patterns and no-parking zones near launch sites. If you are unable to view from your home, please be prepared to honor all signage and directions from on-site law enforcement and ensure you are not parking in unauthorized areas or blocking driveways or other public access.
This show is weather and fire-restriction-dependent. 

1.    Why did you choose Saturday, December 16 for the rescheduled fireworks show?
The Highlands Ranch Community Association, Highlands Ranch Metro District, and Douglas County worked together with the park and our fireworks provider to reschedule the fireworks show for our community. December 16 is the day all organizations were able to find a common date.
2.    Why is the entire park closed?

The primary goal each year is to provide a fireworks show in a safe environment. Highland Heritage Park will be closed to spectators due to the type of fireworks being used. The show on December 16 will consist of “high flying” fireworks, which is different than those used on July 4. These fireworks are more powerful, reach greater heights, and are designed to be seen from further away than our usual show. This creates a much larger fallout zone. Therefore, the park must be closed for safety reasons.
3.    Will the roads in the area be closed and can I park along the street?
No, there will not be any parking allowed on the streets in the immediate area or in any adjacent park parking lots for safety reasons. This will help keep the open streets clear for normal traffic and keep the fallout zone clear of obstructions.
4.    Could there be another cancellation?
Yes, it’s possible. The main reason for a cancellation would be weather-related or dry conditions. It is not safe to produce fireworks shows in weather elements such as lightning, wind, rain, or blizzard conditions. Our unpredictable and fast-moving weather patterns over the past year created a challenge when trying to predict the weather. If lightning is present within eight miles of the area, we are obligated to shut down the show, which was the reason for the cancellation of the July 4 show.

5,  What safety processes do you follow?
 Here is the link to show our safety process in detail.

This fireworks show is a partnership among Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Community Association, and the Highlands Ranch Metro District. 

Advance tickets must be purchased online. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. All online ticket sales are subject to service fees. All ticket sales are final, and no refunds will be issued.

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