Fireworks in Parker

Celebrating our nation’s independence is a great time to enjoy family, friends and fireworks. The information below will help you plan your 4th of July holiday.

What kinds of fireworks are allowed in Parker?

Effective May 21, 2020, the Town of Parker is under a Stage One Fire Ban. Under a Stage One Fire Ban, the use and sale of personal fireworks is not allowed until further notice.

What is and isn’t allowed under a Stage One Fire Ban?

In an effort to limit the possibility of a wildfire, the Town of Parker’s Office of Emergency Management has followed the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management by issuing a Stage One Fire Ban until further notice.

Prohibited Activities:

  • Open burning of any kind.
  • Use and sale of fireworks.

Allowable Activities:

  • Fires for which a permit has been obtained from the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority.
  • Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas- or liquid-fueled appliances.
  • Fires contained within fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within buildings only.
  • Open fires or open burning by any federal, state or local officer, or member of the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the performance of an official duty.
  • Professional fireworks displays.
  • At developed picnic sites contained in a fixed permanent metal/steel fire pit (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four (4) feet, or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible party at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Will fireworks sales be allowed in Parker this year?

Please be advised that Douglas County and the Town of Parker have enacted a Stage 1 Fire Restriction as of May 21, 2020. The Parker Municipal Code at Section 13.04.210(c)10 provides that “A fireworks stand is not eligible for a temporary use permit when a Stage 1 Fire Ban or a Stage 2 Fire Ban, as defined on Chapter 6.06 of the Code, is in effect.” As a result, the Town will not issue a temporary use permit for fireworks stands while the Stage 1 (or Stage 2) Fire Restriction is in effect. We will process and issue temporary use permits for fireworks stands if the Stage 1 (or Stage 2) Fire Restriction is rescinded. Thank you for your understanding of this important safety measure and please visit the following link for additional information: https://www.dcsheriff.net/sheriffs-office/divisions/emergency-management/fire-restrictions/.

How is the need for a Fire Ban determined?

The Town has received a lot of inquiries about the Town of Parker fire ban and how the stages are determined. The Douglas County Office of Emergency Management uses a fire restriction criteria worksheet to analyze fire conditions and determine fire ban staging. This is the same worksheet used by our Federal partners in this area, such as the US Forest Service. In an effort to limit the possibility of a wildfire, the Town of Parker’s Office of Emergency Management follows the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management’s lead on enacting fire bans. The fire restriction evaluation guidelines that are considered in the decision to implement a fire ban include factors such as fuel moisture content, fire danger ratings, occurrences of human-caused fires, existence of adverse fire weather conditions, and more. Fire bans are enacted in the interest of safety with the goal of helping to protect our community from potential wildfires.

How can I report illegal use of fireworks?

To report the illegal use of fireworks in the Town of Parker, please contact the Parker Police Department at 303.841.9800. If it is a life threatening emergency, use 9-1-1. Officers will be dispatched to active reports of fireworks as other police calls for service allow. The Parker Police Department and South Metro Fire Rescue take the illegal use of fireworks during the current fire restrictions very seriously, although staffing and call volumes do not always allow for a response to every complaint.