LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
A bit of good news for Colorado. Yesterday, firefighters battling wildfires there got a boost from some much-needed rain.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
The fires and drought conditions in the state prompted a firework ban for this 4th of July holiday. But an exception was made last night in Denver, where a giant crowd gathered to watch fireworks and applaud the efforts of those fighting to contain the fires.
DENISE PLANT: We want to say thank you so much for all of the amazing firefighters and the emergency personnel who have worked so hard to save lives and protect our community.
WERTHEIMER: That was emcee Denise Plant. Organizers asked the audience for donations to help with wildfire relief efforts. Before the fireworks, the Colorado symphony played patriotic songs: Irving Berlin and John Phillips Sousa.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.