(DENVER – June 28, 2012) With safety confirmation from the Denver Fire Department, the Civic Center Conservancy confirmed Thursday that the third-annual, free fireworks display in Civic Center Park on July 3 – part of the long-scheduled Independence Eve presented by Anadarko that features a free Colorado Symphony concert – will continue as part of Governor John Hickenlooper’s statewide fundraising effort for the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation pledging $25,000 to match funds raised via mobile giving at Independence Eve. Event details are available at www.civiccenterconservancy.org.
Civic Center Conservancy Executive Director Lindy Eichenbaum Lent issued the following statement:
“The hearts of Metro Denver are with the families and communities that have been - and continue to be - impacted by the Colorado wildfires. We are inspired by the heroism and dedication of firefighters and emergency personnel who have worked so hard to save lives and protect property. It is often in our worst moments that we are reminded of the best in humanity.
“The nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy – which works to revitalize downtown Denver’s historic Civic Center Park – will dedicate the free, third-annual July 3 Independence Eve presented by Anadarko in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park to honoring the remarkable Colorado spirit and encouraging the community to support fire relief efforts.
“The free Colorado Symphony concert, light show and fireworks finale will continue on July 3 in Civic Center Park because this annual gathering to celebrate our nation’s birthday and honor those who protect our country, state and city every day is exactly the type of uplifting tradition that strengthens our sense of community and resolve to help our fellow Coloradans. This event provides a unique platform to involve a large audience in supporting the ongoing wildfire relief efforts, and we look forward to joining the governor, Anadarko and many others in the statewide fundraising efforts to support the families, communities and fire departments impacted by the wildfires.”
The current executive order banning the private use of fireworks statewide allows for commercial and municipal displays that have proper authorization from their respective counties.
Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade issued the following statement:
“We do not feel there is a safety concern in Denver that warrants the cancellation of our time-honored, family-focused Fourth of July events. While we continue to deal with the effects of fires in our region, we must remember these fires were not caused by permitted professional fireworks displays. The sites of the three permitted commercial displays in Denver this Independence Day are occurring in controllable, urban areas with a long history of successful fireworks events. As is customary practice, the Denver Fire Department will work closely with our partners to ensure the highest level of safety and stand by ready to address any concerns or hazards that may arise.
“We remind all of our residents and visitors that Denver has a permanent fireworks ban and will be vigorously enforcing the law. We see these large, commercial displays as a much safer alternative for families to celebrate this holiday.”
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CIVIC CENTER CONSERVANCY
Formed in 2004, the Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the City and County of Denver restore, enhance and activate Civic Center Park. Through programs such as the Civic Center EATS Outdoor Café, Bike-In Movie Series and Independence Eve; advocacy around design, infrastructure and policy issues; and fundraising for capital improvements, activities and initiatives that support and revitalize the park, the Civic Center Conservancy aims to elevate and sustain Civic Center Park as Denver’s vibrant, iconic community and cultural hub. For more information, please visit www.civiccenterconservancy.org.