Free parking will be available in all downtown City of Boulder-owned parking garages as well as at the Twenty-Ninth Street Mall

Spectators of the “Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast” fireworks show on Thursday, July 4, at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field are encouraged to avoid the hassles of driving and parking by taking advantage of free parking and HOP and University of Colorado (CU) Buff Bus transit services to and from the event.

Free Fourth of July HOP service will run every 25 minutes between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and every 45 minutes between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. following the normal HOP looped route, with one change: After the Eastbound at Colorado Avenue and Folsom Street stop, HOP buses will follow Regent Drive to Broadway instead of following Colorado and Euclid avenues. This change is to allow for greater accessibility to transit services for community members in the neighborhoods surrounding CU Boulder.   

The free fireworks shuttle service to Folsom Field will begin at 6:30 p.m. and leave from Canyon Boulevard between 29th and 30th streets (just south of Century Theater). Both HOP and Buff Buses will be used for the shuttle service.  

After the fireworks show until approximately 10:45 p.m., both the shuttle service and looping HOP buses will run on an as-needed basis to get riders safely to their destinations. All return buses will board at the southeast corner of Colorado Avenue and Folsom Street (by the Engineering Plaza). The buses will drop off passengers at the Twenty-Ninth Street Mall near the Century Theater parking structure.

The free HOP service, operated by Via Mobility Services, is being provided by the City of Boulder on the Fourth of July. Buff Bus service is being provided by CU Boulder. For additional HOP information, contact Via at 303-447-8282 or visit

About Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been held at Folsom Field since 1941. It is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media sponsors include the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder 8TV. Attendees may support the fireworks show by donating on Venmo to @Boulder4th.

Gates open and the program begins at 7:45 p.m. with fireworks beginning as soon as it is dark, approximately 9:35 p.m. Backpacks and bags are not permitted in the stadium. Folsom Field complies with all TSA and Homeland Security prohibited items lists. For a more information on the event and stadium rules, visit

Boulder police would also like to remind residents and visitors to Boulder that it is illegal to use or possess any fireworks within the city limits. Police will have increased patrols with officers looking for this type of activity during the holiday week. Residents are encouraged to report fireworks violations as soon as they see them by calling the non-emergency number for Dispatch, which is 303-441-3333. Please call 9-1-1 if the fireworks call is an emergency or if there is a fire. A location and description of the individual or individuals with the fireworks will help officers respond effectively.

For more information on this family-friendly celebration and stadium guidelines, visit

Published: July 1, 2019

Media Contacts:
Meghan Wilson, 303-441-4073
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959

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