Commerce City, Colo. – For the past 16 years, one tradition that area soccer fans have come to enjoy every Independence Day is the Rapids’ Annual 4th of July match followed by one of the best fireworks shows in the state. The City of Commerce City has announced that the tradition will continue on Wednesday when the Rapids host Vancouver in the Annual 4th Fest Colorado.
“The Rapids’ fireworks display during 4thFEST here in Commerce City has become a great tradition,” said Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “We’re working in close communication with Commerce City and the Adams County Sherriff’s Department to make sure our fireworks display is done with safety as the foremost priority, and without drawing resources away from the state’s wildfire-fighting efforts. We’re looking forward to the fireworks as part of another exciting and safe event here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.”
The Rapids have hosted a match on July 4th in 15 of the 16 years since the inaugural 1996 season. Last year’s match was played in July 3. Overall, the Rapids are 11-2-3 on the Annual 4th Fest match day, with eight of those games won on goals scored in the 69th minute or later.
Below is an excerpt from the City of Commerce City's press release:
With the personal fireworks ban in effect across all of Colorado and strong enforcement of this ban by the Commerce City Police Department, Coloradoans are invited and encouraged to celebrate this Fourth of July safely at one of the best firework shows in the state.
Commerce City’s free 4th Fest is on Wednesday, July 4, begins outside the south end of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way. Outdoor festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. with a circus, karaoke, 80s band, zip line, mechanical bull, climbing wall and many other activities for all to enjoy. The Colorado Rapids take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. (purchased TICKETS HERE) while the free festivities continue outside. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Because of Colorado’s dry conditions and high fire danger, which have already devastated thousands of acres, Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order bans open burning and private fireworks throughout the state. As stated in a June 14 press release, Hickenlooper said, “This ban is a necessary step to help protect people, property and the beautiful state we live in.”
In partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the Commerce City Police Department, the South Adams County Fire District is taking necessary precautions to provide a safe and enjoyable professional fireworks display this Fourth.
Additional information about the fire ban and restrictions can be found at www.colorado.gov.