Published: June 30, 2022
UMC

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, here are some things to keep in mind.

Fireworks are illegal in Colorado

The use and possession of fireworks is illegal in the city of Boulder and Boulder County, in addition to being a significant fire risk in our area. This includes sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. Even if you don’t possess or discharge fireworks, you can be held responsible for fireworks used by your roommates or guests. Unused fireworks can be brought to any Boulder fire station without penalty.

Be aware of city ordinances 

You can receive an unreasonable noise citation for any noise, music or conversation that can be heard more than 100 feet away from your residence after 11 p.m. This city of Boulder ordinance is similar to “quiet hours” in our residence halls.

Other Boulder ordinances and common issues include: 

  • Alcohol offenses: You can receive a ticket for serving alcohol to a minor or if guests of your party are drinking alcohol in a public area, like the sidewalk in front of your property.

  • Nuisance party: Any gathering of two or more people can be deemed a nuisance for violations that include having a keg in outdoor spaces visible to the public, public or private property damage, brawling and obstructing streets or sidewalks.  

  • Outdoor furniture restriction: In the University Hill area, it is prohibited to keep or store any upholstered indoor furniture, including chairs, couches and mattresses, outside in any porch, front or side yard, or any back yard not on an alley.

  • Littering: Keep your neighborhood clean and reduce your impact on the environment and local wildlife by picking up your trash. Clean up immediately after any gatherings to avoid trash-related citations.

Students who are planning a party are strongly encouraged to register with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations. Once you’ve registered your party, the police will call you with a warning if they receive a complaint and you will have 20 minutes to shut things down. And party registration is free! Registering your party doesn’t guarantee you won’t get a ticket, so be aware of city ordinances and take steps to ensure the police don’t get called.

Important reminder: Students who call 911 in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency, stay with the person in need and cooperate with first responders may be protected from university sanctions and criminal prosecution under CU’s Amnesty Policy and Colorado’s 911 Good Samaritan Law.

Enjoy outdoor recreation

Get important trail information and regulations for the Boulder area by downloading the Trails App and visiting the city's Open Space and Mountain Parks page and the county's Open Space Parks & Trails Listing page.

If you plan to hike, stay on the designated trail and pick up all trash and dog waste. Be sure to follow all rules and regulations, which are critical in protecting visitors, wildlife and our beautiful parks and trails. Check out additional hiking tips.

Look out for yourself and others

Remember that you’re a Buff wherever you are. If you choose to drink or use other substances, think through the experiences you want to have as well as those you want to avoid. Review tips for partying smart.