History

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been a Boulder tradition since 1941. Crowds of thousands gather each year at CU’s Folsom Field to enjoy Boulder’s largest fireworks display and local entertainment such as Open Space and Mountain Parks Rangers, the Mad Hops skip rope team, the Monarch High School Marching Band, School of Rock, and of course, Ralphie. This event is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder Channel 8.

Here is a video of WK Real Estate founder/owner Lew Kingdom and former CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn discussing the history of the event:

 

 

In 2012, due to fire risk, Ralphie’s Independence Day blast had to be cancelled. Annual sponsors of the event, WK Real Estate and its associates, opted to donate the funds set aside for the fireworks to local fire relief. WK Real Estate ran a Facebook campaign to raise awareness and to encourage support for the communities devastated by the wildfires. The campaign went viral with “likes” and “shares” all over the world including; Germany, Hawaii, Michigan, Virginia, and more. The campaign met its goal of 500 “likes” or “shares” the day it launched, and shortly thereafter WK Real Estate and its Broker Associates donated $25,000 to the Boulder County Community Foundation allocated for fire relief.

Here is a segment from Inside Boulder describing the campaign:

 

 

In 2016, the stormy weather failed to dampen spirits at Ralphie's Independence Day Blast Fireworks show. The Daily Camera reported: "The fireworks got a late start after the stadium was evacuated because of an approaching lightning storm. Shortly after 8 p.m., officials instructed everyone inside the stadium to seek shelter. Many people huddled into Balch Fieldhouse, the indoor track west of the stadium, and in the tunnels leading into the stadium. By 9:20 p.m., officials gave the all-clear and everyone traipsed back to their seats." The fireworks display started shortly before 10:00pm, so only 15-20 minutes delayed from the originally planned and publicized start time. Our summer weather in Colorado is always a little unpredictable. Fans attending Ralphie's Independence Day Blast should be prepared for anything!

Conditions look promising this year, and we are optimistic that we will get to enjoy our annual fireworks display.

 

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