At just a few minutes after 9 p.m. on July 4, fireworks lit up the sky over Arvada's Stenger Sports Complex.
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With 58th Avenue closed to traffic, a lively crowd, many with camping chairs in tow, followed Van Bibber Creek Trail to the west side of the park to stake out a good spot to view the action.
In a summer of high gas prices, social unrest, upended travel plans and the cancellation of other local events, Arvada's event drew a large crowd, eager to watch Independence Day fireworks.
Lakewood's Big Boom Bash, originally scheduled for July 2, was cancelled due to increased fire risk caused by ongoing drought conditions.
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