GHFPD Apology

Posted on: August 15th, 2017

August 14, 2017

Gold Hill Fire Protection District

1011 Main Gold Hill

Boulder Colorado, 80302


Attendees of the Gold Hill 4th of July Parade


To those affected,

It has come to the attention of the Gold Hill Fire Protection District (GHFPD) that a 4th of July float carrying water hoses and water balloons, negatively impacted many spectators and participants of this year’s 4th of July parade. The GHFPD would like to issue an apology for the unexpected situation and assure supporters of this crucial fundraising event that this behavior will not be tolerated in the future.

The GHFPD wants to remind parade participants and spectators that water balloons were banned from use during the 4th of July parade many years ago following a series of broken windshields. A water balloon, tossed at unwitting participants, is considered a form of assault. Damaging property is illegal.

The GHFPD established the “Ask First Before You Squirt” campaign the same year the water balloons were banned, and have asked that anyone squirting water, assure the people you are squirting are OK with getting wet, before squirting them. The GHFPD had many complaints this year from people who were soaked and didn’t have a change of clothes, which resulted in those people getting very cold. Many people were negatively impacted in this same way, which is unacceptable.

Please be assured the GHFPD will not allow such behavior during this family oriented fundraiser in the future. The GHPFD looks forward to your attendance next year. Thank you for supporting the Gold Hill Fire Department.



The Gold Hill Fire Protection District