Published: May 25, 2023

Old mainAs we head into Memorial Day weekend, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Review upcoming campus dining location closures

All Campus Dining Services locations will be closed on Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29.  Review summer Campus Dining Services hours

2. Enjoy the great outdoors

Planning on a hike this weekend? 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 or visit the Outdoor Pursuits office in the Main Rec Center to get recommendations and rent equipment.

If weather prevents you from getting outside over the holiday weekend, the Main and Will Vill Rec Centers will be open to serve your needs with fitness classes, the climbing gym, Buff pool and more.

3. Avoid getting a ticket 

Common citations that students living off campus get are for noise, trash or a nuisance party ticket. Remember to keep music speakers inside and clean up your garbage, because you can get a ticket at any time of the day or night for excessive noise or for having 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. To avoid any size gathering getting out of hand, make a plan with your roommates for who will be invited, how you will monitor noise and when to end the event.

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. 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 the city of Boulder Public Safety Building at 1805 33rd St. without penalty. 

A reminder that Student Legal Services (SLS) is available to help with legal issues if you do receive a citation. Contact SLS at 303-492-6813 or visit their office at UMC 311 to schedule an appointment. 

5. Look out for yourself and others

Remember to look out for yourself, your friends and fellow Buffs. If you choose to drink or use other substances, ensure that everyone makes it home safely with these party smart tips