Published: Sept. 1, 2022

As we head into Labor Day weekend, here are some tips and reminders. 

1. Review adjusted dining hours

Many dining locations on campus will have adjusted hours over Labor Day weekend. Use the Nutrislice website or app to browse menus and see what’s open.

2. Spend time outside

Labor Day weekend is a popular time to enjoy outdoor activities. If you want to rent equipment for camping, backpacking, climbing or other activities, check out Outdoor Pursuits. And if you plan to hike or visit parks, review these essential tips for hiking and tips for staying healthy in Colorado

Here are some other reminders:

  • Stay on the designated trail. Be sure to follow all rules and regulations which are critical in protecting visitors, wildlife and our beautiful parks and trails.
  • Pick up all trash and dog waste. 
  • Be respectful to those around you who are also enjoying time in nature. 
  • Summer and fall can be high-risk times for wildfires in Colorado. Pay close attention to fire restrictions and bans (including bans on smoking cigarettes and marijuana) which may be in place in the Boulder area and throughout the state.

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.

3. Avoid getting a ticket

Common citations that students living off campus get are for noise, trash or a nuisance party ticket. You can get a ticket at any time of the day or night for excessive noise or for having loose trash on your property. 

A nuisance party ticket is issued when a residence hosts a gathering that violates Boulder ordinances. This includes unreasonable noise, underage drinking, brawling, public urination, littering or trash, etc. A ticket can be issued to the residence even if it’s guests who are being disruptive. 

If you’re planning on hosting a gathering, lower your chances of receiving a ticket by registering your party with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations. Registering your party will give you a 20 minute warning to shut things down before police are dispatched if a complaint has been made against your address. 

4. Stay safe at parties

If you choose to use alcohol or other drugs, here are some things to know:

  • Drink with people you know and trust, and look out for each other.
  • Eat before drinking, and continue to eat food and drink water throughout the night.
  • Set a limit before celebrating and stick to it.
  • Make a plan for how to get home safely (walking, public transportation, Uber/Lyft, etc.).
  • Drink at your own pace. Avoid trying to keep up with someone else.
  • Know how much is one serving of alcohol: 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, 5 ounces of wine and 12 ounces of beer.
  • Avoid mixing prescription or illicit drugs with alcohol. This can increase your chances of an accidental overdose
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to put someone in the Recovery Position.

Check out this article for more tips on how to party smart safely

5. Don’t set off fireworks

Fireworks are illegal in the city of Boulder. Fireworks not only pose a significant fire risk, but they also can cause a significant noise disruption to your neighbors and our community.

Boulder laws prohibit all fireworks, including items like sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs, in addition to fireworks that leave the ground or explode. Possible legal penalties include:

  • Fines up to $2,650
  • Court fees
  • Possible arson charges
  • Possible jail time
  • Liability for property or personal injury damages

You will also be referred to Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

Even if you don’t possess or discharge fireworks, you may be held responsible for fireworks used by roommates and guests. Unused fireworks can be brought to any Boulder fire station without penalty.