City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   6/19/2018
Contact: Communications Content Supervisor
Lisa Wilson, 303-538-7282

Celebrate Independence Day with Thornton's ‘Red, White & Boom!’ bash this July 4!

THORNTON, CO… With music, food and fireworks, Thornton’s Fourth of July celebration is one of the best ways to experience the Independence Day holiday.  It all begins in the late afternoon when thousands of families converge on the Carpenter Park Fields at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and settle in for an exciting night.

The evening schedule is:

4 p.m. - Beer Gardens and food vendors open
5:15 p.m. - Thornton Community Band, with the Independence Day Festival Chorus
7:20 p.m. - Presentation of Colors
7:30 p.m. - Kory Brunson Band
9:30 p.m. - Nighttime Skydivers jump
A spectacular fireworks show follows the skydivers landing.

The Carpenter Park Playground will be closed July 3 and 4, reopening on July 5. Due to the large crowds and fireworks, people are asked to leave pets at home for this event.  For more information visit

Another great reason to attend the Fourth of July celebration in Thornton - personal use of fireworks is illegal in the city. People who have already purchased fireworks can get rid of them safely by dropping them off at any Thornton Fire Station. There will be no risk of fines or prosecution. For more information call the Thornton Fire Department at 303-538-7602 or go to

Thornton City offices, the Community Center, and the Active Adult Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4. The Carpenter Recreation Center will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trash/recycle service will be on a one day holiday delay beginning Wednesday, July 4. City trash/recycle service will return to normal pickup schedule on Monday, July 9.