Northglenn fireworks to wait until next Fourth

Luke Zarzecki
lzarzecki@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/27/22

After a robust discussion, Northglenn city council decided to reschedule the Fourth of July fireworks for next year. 

“It’s in our best interest to wait until next year,” …

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Northglenn fireworks to wait until next Fourth

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After a robust discussion, Northglenn city council decided to reschedule the Fourth of July fireworks for next year. 

“It’s in our best interest to wait until next year,” said City Councilor Becky Brown. 

The council had the tough task of deciding whether to have the fireworks at a stand alone event, reschedule the show for an existing event or wait until next year’s Fourth celebration after a technical failure canceled them this year. 

“This is the worst possible scenario when you are an event planner,” said City Manager Heather Geyer at the July 11 meeting in regards to the glitch. 

From reading Facebook comments, Geyer said some children left the park in tears. 

Council dedicated more than an hour over two different meetings discussing the issue, ultimately coming to the conclusion to wait for next year. Mayor Meredith Leighty didn’t approve of the decision, saying residents deserved to have a fireworks show this year after being canceled for two years prior due to COVID-19. 

“I think it’s an extreme disservice to residents to wait an entire year,” she said. 

City Councilor Katherine Goff agreed. 

“The damage has been done. It’s not really bad damage, but people came and they were disappointed that it didn’t happen. If we could do something this year to make up for it, I think it would be better for our community,” she said. 

Brown was in favor of delaying it for next year and making it a “blow out” by extending the show with this year’s money. City Councilors Ashley Witkovich and Mayor Pro Tem Jenny Willford agreed.

City Councilors Richard Kondo and Jay Jaramillo wanted the money to go towards something else in the city, potentially aimed at speeding. Kondo also suggested the city use drones in addition to fireworks, which he championed as a more environmentally friendly option. 

Jaramillo was in favor of using the money towards pedestrian safety. 

“As much as someone who loves an extravaganza, I feel we can make something that’s going to last longer than half an hour,” he said. 

Leighty touched on allocating the money to other interests, as it looks bad for city council to move money around after it has already been budgeted. 

“It’s like we didn’t value it, but now we do,” she said. 

City Councilor Nicholas Walker said it would be fiscally foolish to plan another event in 2022 due to projected low attendance and other costs like extra marketing and staff. 

City Councilor Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa said she was in favor for next year due to the many events staff already puts on. Putting another event on their plate could be too much.

“(There are) so many events going on right now, every week there is something in the park,”  she said. “There’s so much going that maybe it’s better to do it next year.” 

Police Chief James May mentioned a stand alone event would have meant more staff hours. 

“I already pulled Fourth of July from them and everybody worked, and (a show on Labor Day) would be giving up another holiday,” he said. 

“Whatever decision you make, you will still get some criticism,” said City Spokesperson Diana Wilson. 

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