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Fourth of July fireworks canceled at Denver's Elitch Gardens theme park

Steven Bonifazi

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) The Mile High City's theme park, Elitch Gardens, has canceled the seasonal Fourth of July fireworks show set to take place this Sunday.

The announcement came Thursday afternoon on the park's Facebook page, stating that the reasoning behind the cancellation was a shortage in staff and modified summer operating hours.

"We sincerely value your support and patronage of Elitch Gardens," The park's website stated. "Due to the Park’s modified summertime operating hours made necessary by the area’s reduced available workforce, we must cancel the planned 4th of July fireworks show this season."

Unfortunately, this is the second year the park's Fourth of July firework show has been canceled, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many popular firework shows in Denver including Elitch Gardens, Civic Center Park and Coors Field. Additionally, the park's Memorial Day fireworks show on May 30 was canceled as a result of rain and below-average temperatures.

Nevertheless, there are still many firework shows and fun ways to spend the holiday in Denver. There will be live music, crafts, activities, food trucks and fireworks on Friday at Four Mile Historic Park as well as one of Denver's largest Independence Day marches, Park Hill Parade, on Sunday just to name a few.

The theme and water park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more information regarding Elitch Gardens, click here.

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