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- July 4th Fireworks Show
July 4th Fireworks Show
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | Starts at 9:30 p.m. (weather dependent)
We have some big changes to our plans for the Town of Parker's annual 4th of July celebration in 2023. During last year’s Independence Day celebration, we introduced a new, innovative drone light show in place of fireworks. An extensive survey of our residents following the event told us that, while people enjoyed the drones, they really did miss fireworks. Well, we want you to know that we heard you!
This year on Independence Day, the Town will hold a remote-only fireworks display that can be viewed throughout the community in place of our traditional, day-long event in Salisbury Park. These changes will allow us to bring even more fun to our community through an expanded Parker Fall Fest (Sept. 30), which will now be a full-fledged signature event capped by a drone light show.
Further details about Parker's July 4th Fireworks Show will be available on this site in the coming months.
- Is the Town hosting a Fireworks show this year?
Yes, weather dependent! We are excited to announce that the Town of Parker’s traditional fireworks display show will be making a return for 2023, baring weather-related concerns. The Town surveyed our community last year and found that a majority of respondents stated they would prefer to see Fireworks on Independence Day instead of a drone light show. Survey results also showed that a majority of our community like to have watch parties at their homes and/or around Town instead of attending the event at Salisbury Park.
The Town of Parker fireworks display show will be a remote viewing show launched from the traditional location of North Salisbury Park field. Salisbury Park will be open to the public that day, but there will be no additional services or activities and only limited parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The only parking available at Salisbury Park itself will be the park’s legal paved parking lot (300 parking spots). The larger grass lots used in prior years will not be available for parking in 2023.
The display show will launch at 9:30 p.m. weather permitting and any notification of a delay and/or cancelation will be shared on the Town’s social media channels.
- What time will the fireworks launch and where?
The remote show will launch at Salisbury North at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will have a duration of about 18 minutes. More details about the timing of the start of the event will be provided in the weeks prior to the event. Any notification of a delay and/or cancelation will be shared on the Town’s social media channels.
- Is the Town holding an event and/or activities at Salisbury Park on July 4 this year?
No, there will not be activities held at Salisbury Park this year. The Town surveyed our community last year and found that a majority of respondents felt that the event in the sky (fireworks) was the community’s Independence Day celebration and not the event on the ground at Salisbury Park. Additionally, many more respondents said that they preferred to have watch parties at their homes or other areas of Parker than those who preferred to attend the event at Salisbury Park.
Another factor in transitioning away from the Town’s traditional in-person event is the forthcoming expansion of Salisbury Park North, which will require a relocation of the launch site in the coming years to another site that likely will not be able to accommodate a large public gathering. The expected start date of this park expansion is still to be determined.
As of result of the move away from a formal community gathering on July 4, the Town of Parker is excited to announce a new flagship event that will be held in the fall. The expanded Parker Fall Fest will be held Sept. 30 in downtown Parker and feature a variety of activities, as well as a drone light show finale similar in scope to what was held during last year’s July 4 event. The Town will announce more details about the expanded Parker Fall Fest in the coming months.
- Will Salisbury Park be open to the public on July 4 for an up-close view of fireworks?
Yes, Salisbury Park and its 300 legal paved parking spaces will be open to the public for residents to enjoy during the day and evening of July 4. Parking and park availability will be first-come, first-served and will be free. Regular park rules will apply (www.ParkerRec.com/PublicParks).
Please note, the larger grass lots used for parking in previous years will not be available for parking in 2023.
- Will Salisbury Park have onsite parking?
Yes, but only a limited amount of onsite parking will be available. Salisbury Park will have up to 300 free paved parking spots available on first-come, first-served basis. No additional onsite parking, such as the temporary grass lots that were used in previous years, will be available in 2023.
No parking will be allowed along Motsenbocker Road or any other major roadway, such as Parker Road, Hess Road or Stroh Road. If you plan to park in neighborhoods to view the show, please be courteous of driveways and adhere to any posted neighborhood parking restrictions.
- Are there other areas of Town for people to view the fireworks from?
Yes, there are a number of different public areas around Salisbury Park for residents and guests to view the fireworks show. Parking lots at a variety of public parks are great viewing options, including those at Bar CCC Park, McCabe Meadows, Stroh Soccer Field, Auburn Hills Community Park. The Cherry Creek Trail between Bar CCC Park and Stroh Soccer Field is one of several areas that will provide good views for those who do not intend to drive. A full list and map of possible public and private partner parking areas will be posted prior to the event at www.ParkerOnline.org/July4.
Depending on site view limits (tree line, buildings, houses and/or terrain) the fireworks may be able to be seen from up to 2 miles away from the Salisbury North launch site.
- Will the Town be hosting additional events, activities or food and beverage opportunities in conjunction with the fireworks viewing show?
No, the Town will not be hosting additional activities or food and beverages on July 4. Instead, the Parker Fall Fest event planned for Sept. 30 in downtown Parker will be expanded into a signature Town event featuring more activities for the community. More information about this newly expanded event will be announced when it becomes available later this year.
- Why is Parker not hosting a drone show this year?
The Town surveyed our community last year and found that a majority of respondents stated they would prefer to see fireworks on Independence Day rather than a drone light show. For those that preferred the drones, we are excited to share with you that the Town of Parker is adding a drone light show finale to our expanded Parker Fall Fest event on Sept. 30, 2023. More information about this newly expanded event will be announced when it becomes available later this year.