Take in one of these Top 5 Colorado 4th of July celebrations

The continued drought conditions have banned the sale and use of fireworks in most of western Colorado. The towns of De Beque, Fruita, and Grand Junction have banned fireworks sales. Fruita has canceled its 4th of July holiday fireworks display. Instead of fireworks, the city is handing out 1,000 free hot dogs at their community cookout at Civic Center Park. If you're cool with a road trip there are some spectacular 4th of July shows going off as scheduled across Colorado. Here are the Top 5.

1-Telluride Any excuse to visit Telluride is a good one. This place is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Colorado. The day starts with the Telluride Foundation’s Rundola. That race is an uphill beast open to anyone who dares. It starts a the base of the gondola in Telluride and up the ridge to the top gaining 1810 feet of elevation in the process. No way! So after watching the race, hang out to take in the parade and dine at the Firemen’s BBQ. The incredible fireworks that night can be seen from anywhere in town.

2-Aspen  Every year nearly 20,000 folks descend on Aspen for their Independence Day party!  Festivities include a parade, live music, a kids bicycle rodeo (whatever that is?), and massive fireworks display over Aspen Mountain. It's fun for the whole family.

3-Avon Only a couple hours up I-70 from Grand Junction is Avon and it’s 32nd annual “Salute to the USA” festival. Like most 4th of July parties, it's fun for the whole family. There are face painters, jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians, and much, more! Bring your earplugs and have your phone camera ready because at 9:15 sharp what touted as "Colorado's greatest display of fireworks" lights up the sky with 10,000 exploding shells!

4-Breckenridge If you love the outdoors, running, hiking, biking, and the like, you'll love the Breckenridge 4th of July celebration that includes a 10k Trail Run, the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, and a parade down Main Street. I have friends from Kansas City that travel out to take in this thing every year. They love it! Of course that evening there's a fantastic fireworks display!

5-Beaver Creek Not much further up the road from Avon is Beaver Creek and their "Stars, Stripes & Slides" event. It's super-family-frendily. Hang out in Beaver Creek Village, or go hiking, or simply enjoy lunch at one of Beaver Creek's great restaurants. The kid's activities are all free. Including slides, games, bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, and carnival games. End a perfect day with a free concert and a huge firework display!

.Credit: Out There Colorado