Published: June 29, 2020

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

COVID-19 public health orders

Over the weekend, continue practicing health and safety measures to help protect your friends, family and neighbors. 

If you choose to get together with others:

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, even outdoors and in open spaces.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from others.
  • Remind friends and others to stay home if they are sick.
  • Keep gatherings small (no more than 10 people).
  • Wash your hands frequently, including before eating or serving food.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces regularly.

If you are in Boulder, make sure to review the city’s civil enforcement plan, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people who do not share the same household without adequate physical distancing. 


The possession or discharge of fireworks, firecrackers or skyrockets is prohibited in the city of Boulder and Boulder County. This includes but is not limited to sparklers, snaps, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. Violations of law are enforced under the CU Student Code of Conduct and can result in sanctions such as probation, fines or educational courses.

Fireworks not only pose a significant fire risk, but they also can cause a significant noise disruption to residential areas. Even if you don’t possess or discharge fireworks, you may be held responsible for roommates’ or guests’ violations of this ordinance. 

If you find yourself in possession of fireworks, you can turn them into any of the local Boulder fire departments—no questions asked! The fire department will dispose of the fireworks in a responsible manner for you.

Noise 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.

“Disruption of quiet enjoyment of the home” is a unique ordinance, in that it requires a previous warning to have been given to your house or unit. It is important to make sure you are speaking with your roommates and keeping everyone in the loop if a warning is received. Many times a house will receive a formal warning, but one roommate does not share the info with the others. Just like in the residence halls with 24-hour courtesy hours, you can get a ticket at any time of the day for excessive and disruptive noise.