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Denver is ready to celebrate 2016

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-01 00:48:08-05

As many as 200,000 people could pack downtown Denver for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show, according to officials with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

The Denver Police Department will have a strong presence on city streets according to spokesperson Doug Schepman. Officers will be in uniform and in plain clothes. 

"There will be a presence of officers in both plain clothes as well as uniformed.  Definitely an increased presence of uniformed officers downtown," said Schepman.

A spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security tells Denver7 there are so specific threats against Colorado. However the office is in contact with state, local and federal partners, including the FBI.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m. on Thursday. A second show starts right at midnight to ring in 2016. In total, 15,000 fireworks will light up the sky.

Where to see fireworks this New Year's Eve

Downtown party-goers can also listen to music at 16th Street Mall, or enjoy balloon artists, comedians and more.

Check out the free party at Union Station too. Festivities include DJs and drink specials on three different levels of the building.

If you have kids, try Zoo Year's Eve at Denver Zoo. That event ends at 9.  

No matter what you choose, remember you can get home for free thanks to RTD, or get a taxi fare refund.

For ride-share users, order an Uber through Facebook this year if you're in Denver.

And bundle up! It'll be 10 degrees in Denver when 2016 begins.

New Year's forecast