DENVER, CO (KUSA) - Across Colorado, the list of cancelled fireworks celebrations is growing. More than 30 cities and counties are saying no to fireworks this year, but Denver is not among them.
A lot of you have been asking us why?
Event organizers, the Denver Fire Department, and even Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper insist these public celebrations are safe, KUSA has learned.
But some say any fireworks this year are a bad idea.
The fireworks pose no threat of wildfire," said Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Denver Fire Department Joe Gonzales.
Gonzales says Denver has never had a problem in 15 years of issuing fireworks permits. But this year, wildfires are burning across Colorado.
"Denver is not ignoring that or trying to downplay that," Gonzales said. "Denver is just saying that we still want a safe celebration for the family."
Governor Hickenlooper signed an executive order banning the private use of fireworks but allowing public displays.
"If they can do that in a safe way, I don't have a problem with that," Hickenlooper said. "I don't think it's tempting others to start fires or use fireworks. I think everyone is very clear."
Kathy Sommer-Buss, of Arvada, called the Governor's office this week to complain about public fireworks.
"He's not stepping forward to say 'let's don't do this,'" Sommer-Buss said. "I just don't understand the logic."
The Denver Country Club has a permit but just cancelled their fireworks show.
"In light of what is going on, we felt it was the right thing to do," Martine Bennett, with the Denver Country Club, said. "It's unfortunate."
Oakwood Homes is still planning a fireworks celebration, but Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kristen White says that decision is being re-evaluated.
"We want to make the smart decision." White said.
Fireworks are on for two Rockies games on Friday and Saturday and also for the Outlaws game on the Fourth of July.
Chuck Olney, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sports Authority Field at Mile High, says this year's "close proximity fireworks display" keeps all pyrotechnics inside the stadium.
"It's completely safe," Olney said.
Olney says fans can also donate to the Red Cross.
"We're very sensitive to the wildfires right now, and one of our big concerns is how we can help," Olney said.
The Denver Fire Department will be stationed at each fireworks display.
"Fireworks demonstrations by a professional have been engrained in the city's traditions," Gonzales said.
It's a tradition that only some Coloradans will get to enjoy this year.
Fort Collins, Loveland, and Wellington are still planning to have their fireworks shows, even as the High Park Fire continues burning in their county.
The Larimer County Sheriff's office tells 9Wants to Know they have neither approved nor denied Wellington's fireworks permit and plan to consult with the Wellington Fire Department before making a decision.
Due to the extreme dry conditions, Jefferson and Douglas Counties banned all professional fireworks displays Wednesday.
This order has forced cities in those counties to cancel their shows. Cancelation of fireworks hasn't cancelled the other 4th of July celebration activities already planned.