Fireworks will indeed be bursting over Memorial Park when the Colorado Springs Philharmonic returns with its highly anticipated July 4 celebration.
"It's on," said Nathan Newbrough, the president-CEO of the orchestra, which hasn't played an Independence Day concert there since 2009.
Increased rain and humidity, as well as a run of lower temperatures, prompted Colorado Springs to remove a ban on select public fireworks displays on Monday.
The initial ban of public fireworks, which came after the Black Forest fire destroyed 511 homes, sent organizers of local celebrations scrambling.
Perhaps no one more than Newbrough. The Summer Symphony's Independence Day celebration marks the orchestra's highly anticipated return to the park.
It's possible the ban could be reinstated if weather conditions change or other hazards arise.
City officials also want to remind residents that personal fireworks - from Black Cats to Cherry Bombs - are still illegal in the city of Colorado Springs. People found possessing, using or selling fireworks could face fines as high as $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Burn restrictions also remain in place.
AREA INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS
- Summer Symphony July 4 Celebration: With The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday, music by rock 'n' rollers Craig Walter Band at 5:30 p.m., orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets: Free; 575-9632, csphilharmonic.org
- Independence Day at Security Service Field: Sky Sox vs. Reno Aces, performance by the World Famous San Diego Chicken during the game, fireworks, Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd. Tickets: $12-$15; 597-1449, milb.com.
- 2013 Rollin' on the Riverwalk: 3-10 p.m., the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and fireworks, Main Street and Grand Avenue, Pueblo, $3, $1 ages 4-12, free ages 3 and younger; 1-719-595-0242, puebloharp.com.
- Independence Day Celebration Weekend at Meridian Ranch: 5 p.m., balloon rides, light show, Sox the Fox, train rides, outdoor golf games, Flying W Ranch and food and drink on Wednesday with more celebrations Thursday and Friday, 9650 Antler Creek Drive, 494-1900 ext. 1, meridianranch.com.
- Pre-Independence Day Celebration: Crafts, games, music and more, 3-9 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain State Park, JL Ranch Heights Road. Program is free; vehicles entering the park must have a $7 daily or $70 annual State Parks pass; 576-2016.
- Cripple Creek's 4th of July Celebration: Entertainment, beer garden, food, activities for kids, noon-10 p.m. Thursday, City Park, First Street between Masonic and Bennett avenues, Cripple Creek, free; visitcripplecreek.com.
- Monument's 4th of July Celebration: 7-10 a.m. pancake breakfast, St. Peter Church, 55 Jefferson St., $4-$20; 9:30 a.m. children's parade and 10 a.m. parade, both in downtown Monument; food, entertainment and more, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Second and Washington streets, downtown Monument, free; 481-3282.
- July 4th Concert: Featuring Lionel Young Band, 6:30-8 p.m., Banning Lewis Ranch, 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd., free; skylineusa.com/banning_concert_series.asp.
- Fort Carson's 4th on the 3rd Celebration: POSTPONED. RESCHEDULED DATE IS AUG. 31.
- Buena Vista's 4th of July Celebration: 7 a.m. pancake breakfast, Columbine Park; 10 a.m. parade on East Main Street, then barbecue, music and other activities, light display at dusk, Columbine Park; 1-719-395-6612, buenavistacolorado.org.
- Pueblo West Annual Wet and Dry Parade: A dry and wet parade (formation 8:30 and 9 a.m., respectively, and 10 a.m. parade) and water fight, food, business and craft fair with fireworks at sundown, Pueblo West; 1-719-547-5018, pueblowestmetro.com.
- Family Fun Fest and Concert: With Lucas Hoge, 6 p.m., The Oasis, 347 Del Norte Ave., Pueblo, free; theoasiscc.com.
- Old Fashioned Fourth of July Tournaments and Fireworks: 7:30-10 a.m. pancake breakfast, Senior Center, 312 N. Center St., $5; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. fair and competitions, Memorial Park,
Lake Avenue and Park Street, Woodland Park; 686-0705, city-woodlandpark.org.
- Fourth of July Activities: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Florissant Fossil Beds, County Road 1, Teller, $3 for adults, free for children 15 and younger; 748-3253.