The Inaugural Berthoud Independence Day Fireworks Event
Thank you to everyone helped make the event such a tremendous success. We look forward to celebrating the holiday with you next year!
Fireworks Safety Information
Because Colorado summers typically bring dry weather, heat and wildfires, it is important to know and obey the fireworks laws in Berthoud on the Fourth of July and all season. Fireworks cause thousands on injuries every year, disrupt your neighbors, scare animals and could cost you a large fine. Finding a public display of fireworks to enjoy is always more safe and legal!
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.
Fireworks and Animals
Fireworks and other loud Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people. But these same festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it.
This 4th of July, make sure that you’re taking precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the festivities.
Preparing in advance of the firework show:
- Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
- If you have horses, consider marking a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leaving it on your horse during this stressful time.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date. If they aren’t, you may consider microchipping your pet; this identification improves your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
- Make sure the environment is safe and secure. Make sure to choose the safest area for your animals and make improvements to make the area more secure and keep your animals contained.
Safety during July 4th celebrations:
- If your home is nearby where the firework show is being held, be sure to close all windows to help minimize the sound.
- Do not leave your animals outside! Be sure to bring your animals indoors for the duration of the fireworks show where the noise will be reduced. If needed, consider putting your animal in a crate or other safe space.
- Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible.
- If you’re hosting a holiday party, ask your guests to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape.
- Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks and charcoal away from curious pets.
- If you’re traveling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
After the celebrations:
- Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
- Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock.