Fruita city officials have decided to cancel their annual fireworks show due to severe dry conditions and burn bans across the state, but it's not all bad news for those wanting to celebrate on Independence Day.
The city's fireworks display was slated for Tuesday, July 3rd. Now, city officials have announced that a free music concert will be substituted in its place.
The free concert will take place at the Civic Center Pavilion in downtown Fruita at 7:30 p.m.
According to city officials, the family-friendly event will feature local favorite Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes.
Fruita officials made the announcement to cancel this years fireworks display after consulting with the BLM, Mesa County Sheriff and the Lower Valley Fire District.
These agencies generally have enough resources to ensure a safe 4th of July ceremony even with dry conditions, but due to firefighting efforts throughout the state, city officials say the agencies couldn't guarantee adequate equipment and manpower for the event.
The city of Grand Junction will still have their fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4th at Lincoln Park. The show will start either at 9:45 p.m. or at the conclusion of the Grand Junction Rockies game.
After consulting with fire agencies, the city determined the proximity of Grand Junction's fireworks display was safe enough to move forward with the 4th of July celebration.
City officials recommend you bring lawn chairs and come early to make sure you get a good view of one of the best fireworks displays in the Grand Valley.