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Ring in 2018 with Denver's free fireworks display

December 27, 2017 Updated: December 27, 2017 at 10:01 am
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DENVER, CO. - DECEMBER 31: Denver rang in the New Year with fireworks on the 16th St. Mall Tuesday night, December 31, 2013. The first show was at 9:00 with a repeat performance at midnight. Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post

Ringing in the New Year with the "oohs" and "aahs" of a spectacular fireworks display is a tradition that brings thousands of people into downtown Denver on New Year's Eve.

The best part? It won't cost you a thing to watch. But you may have to shell out for parking.

The annual Denver New Year's Eve Fireworks on Sunday will light the sky above the 16th Street Mall. Fireworks will burst at 9 p.m. for families and early birds and again at midnight to celebrate 2018. Each show lasts about 10 minutes.

"It's just a great big, really impactful show. It takes place where you can view the fireworks anywhere along the 16th Street Mall in downtown," said Sharon Alton, vice president of Downtown Experience for Downtown Denver Partnership. "This year will be one of the longest in the history of the show. It'll be a nonstop series of colors, and between the shows there will be 15,000 aerial effects."

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the two shows, she said.

The 16th Street Mall is 1.2 miles long, and you can view the fireworks from anywhere along the way. The fireworks are shot simultaneously off the top of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and one other high-rise, whose location is being kept secret, Alton said. This creates two identical displays at each show, choreographed to music played by DJs along the mall.

"A lot of places, you can see both shows happening. The DJs will be playing family-friendly Top 100 music from 8 p.m. to midnight," Alton said. "Not one song plays the whole way through. The music jumps from one cool song to the next, and there will be a DJ on every block. All of them are in sync."

MICHELLE KARAS, THE GAZETTE, 476-1602, MICHELLE.KARAS@GAZETTE.COM

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