Fruita Cancels Fireworks Show, BBQ Planned Instead
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - The city of Fruita has decided to cancel their fireworks display that was planned for July 3.
This is the second year in a row that the city has had to cancel their fireworks show due to the hot and dry weather.
Although the Mesa County fire ban does permit professional fireworks shows, after meeting with public safety officials, city staff decided to stay cautious.
"Where we launch our fireworks from is an open space and it's adjacent to BLM land and adjacent to wide open areas next to the river and a lot of other subdivisions. There's not a lot of fire hydrants or other paved property around that, it's open space property and that creates a higher level of risk," said Clint Kinney the Fruita City Manager.
Instead of a fireworks show, the city will be holding a free community barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats on the 4th of July.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Memorial Park.