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A Colorado New Years

Updated: Apr 22, 2022

Photo by Design Ecologist on Unsplash
Photo by Designecologist on Unsplash.

With the onset of winter and the Christmas season, the next seasonal festivity on the docket is New Years. Will you throw a New Years party this year? It has become a tradition for many Coloradans to head into Denver for the fireworks display and other activities. Also, since everything is done outside along the 16th Street Mall, it is a lot easier to social-distance than a traditional indoor party. Here is everything that you can expect from this downtown Denver event this year.

Fireworks Over Denver

New Years in Denver typically features two spectacular fireworks shows. This year there will a show at 9 PM and then another at midnight as we enter the new year. Though the fireworks can be enjoyed throughout the entire greater metro Denver area, for the best viewpoints you should stand along the 16th Street Mall. Both of the fireworks shows will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall, which is another reason to be on 16th Street at the time of the displays. The DJs will play music from 8 to midnight. Between 8 PM and 1 AM the RTD Light Rail trains will not cross the 16th Street Mall, and Mall Ride shuttles will stop temporarily during the two fireworks shows, so plan your trip accordingly.

Why are fireworks a new years tradition? Well, fireworks were used to celebrate important events long before the American Revolutionary War. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether or not the new nation would survive the war. And was a part of all the festivities? That's right, fireworks. Did you know that George Washington's inauguration was accompanied by a fireworks display? This early fascination with fireworks, their noise and color, continues today with fireworks displays commonly included on Independence Day and New Years.

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