Avon follows Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle, cancels fireworks show
Annual Salute to the USA event on July 3 will otherwise proceed as planned
The town of Avon officially made the call to cancel its annual July 3 Salute to the USA fireworks display on Thursday, just one day after Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle also pulled the plug.
These announcements come as Eagle County moves into Stage 2 fire restrictions on Friday due to extreme fire conditions in the county. Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, all fireworks are banned, including those usually allowed under state law.
Avon’s annual Salute to the USA event July 3 will otherwise proceed as planned. The town recently announced that Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will headline the event, with an opening performance by Tab Benoit. In addition to live music, the event will feature a variety of festival-style foods as well as a family fun zone with face painters, magicians, balloon sculptors and more.
The town said it will look for future opportunities to use the fireworks in a display, likely sometime in the winter.
At Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, council member RJ Andrade urged the town not to host the fireworks.
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“I want to urge the town to err on side of caution and not have the fireworks,” Andrade said. “There’s not much benefit to it.”
Town Manager Eric Heil responded that the town was still weighing the options but did say there was a 90% chance the town would cancel. He also noted that the move to Stage 2 restrictions is typically what triggers a cancellation.
“In the past, when we’ve been at Stage 2, and others have canceled, we’ve followed suit,” Heil said.
The town, however, was still holding out hope on the promise of rain. Even with scattered showers in the valley Thursday, and possibly more precipitation in the local forecast, the fire danger remains extreme.
Breckenridge, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Winter Park, Denver and Boulder also bagged professional fireworks displays this week as fire danger mounts around the state.