To view our 2019 Fourth of July guide, check out How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Northern Colorado.
It may not seem like it as you’re still recovering from Memorial Day, but the Fourth of July is just around the corner! The Northern Colorado region has created many traditions centered around this patriotic holiday, including parades, parties, and of course — fireworks. 2016 is no exception, and in fact, the festivities are even bigger and better this year!
Take a look at the events happening in the area to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.
Monday, July 4
Simply put, City Park in Fort Collins is the place to be this Fourth of July. The City of Fort Collins 4th of July Community Celebration has so much in store for the entire day on July 4.
FireKracker 5K — 7:30 a.m.
Start the day on the right foot by participating in the FireKracker 5K at 7:30 a.m. The scenic, flat and fast course at City Park provides a wonderful setting for walking, jogging, or running!
Photos courtesy of FireKracker 5K
Golf Tournament — 8 a.m.
34th Annual Old Timer’s Game — 9:30 a.m.
Or watch the 34th Annual Old Timer’s Game at City Park North Ballfield at 9:30 a.m., as men in the community relive great memories enjoying the sport of baseball.
4th of July Parade — 10 a.m.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the 4th of July Parade on Mountain Avenue at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Jackson Avenue, travel east on Mountain Avenue, and end at Meldrum Street. This is an exciting event celebrating 50 years of Parks & Recreation providing a legacy of service to the Fort Collins community.
Avery House Celebration — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Avery House Celebration will take place at the end of the parade route on the Avery House lawn at 328 West Mountain Avenue. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue the parade excitement with live music, Victorian games and crafts, food trucks, and more!
Photos courtesy of Poudre Landmarks Foundation
City Park Pool — 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The City Park Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Fourth, offering $3 admission! This is the perfect place to cool off in the summer sun after all of the day’s activities.
Live Music at City Park — 4:15–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy Live Music at City Park from 4:15–9:30 p.m., featuring two patriotic performances back to back. The Fort Collins Symphony will take the stage from 8:15 p.m. until the fireworks begin…
Fireworks Celebration — 9:35 p.m.
Top the day off with a spectacular Fireworks Celebration over Sheldon Lake at approximately 9:35 p.m. This is the best possible way to end your action-packed day at City Park and celebrate our country’s independence!
There is no shortage of patriotic festivities in Loveland either…
Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Stop by the 9th Annual All-American Car Show at Resurrection Fellowship Church on July 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun event hosted by the Northern Colorado Mustang Car Club features a display of all-American cars dating back to 1959, a silent auction, a poker walk, trophies and awards for each car class, and food and drinks available for purchase! Proceeds from this event benefit Hearts & Horses and Operation Gratitude.
Photos courtesy of All-American Car Show
Sunday, July 3 from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
While this doesn’t have a Fourth of July stamp on it, it’s the perfect activity for your Fourth of July weekend. Grab some fresh corn on the cob for your barbeque at the City of Loveland Farmers’ Market at Fairgrounds Park. Excitement will be in the air, as this will be the second week of operation this year, as the market is open June 26–September 25.
Grab fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, bread, plants and flowers, prepared foods, and crafts — while enjoying live entertainment. The market is located under a covered pavilion, providing ample shade from the summer sun. Let the kids run around in the nearby splash park and playground, and go for a walk on the recreation trail after shopping at the market!
Monday, July 4
Each year, there is a special Loveland Independence Day Celebration at North Lake Park. Don’t miss the special flag-raising ceremony presented by the Lone Tree School House at 10 a.m., a car show featuring 25 vintage collector vehicles, live music entertainment, a variety of booths, and an amazing fireworks show after 9 p.m. over Lake Loveland.
Monday, July 4
Windsor is throwing a Fourth of July Celebration with a few activities to keep you entertained throughout the day! Head to Boardwalk Park for a day filled with excitement and activity for the whole family.
Photos courtesy of Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture
Start the day with the annual 5K 4-Legged Run/Walk, a fun race for you and your four-legged family member. Return to the park for a special summer concert at 7 p.m., followed by a breathtaking fireworks show!
Monday, July 4
If you’ll be in Greeley for the Greeley Stampede, there are a lot of festivities planned for July 4, the final day of the festival!
Independence Day Parade — 9 a.m.
Kick-start the day by watching the special Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m. The exciting parade of floats, cars, and patriotic displays will travel from 10th Avenue near UNC to downtown Greeley!
Carnival Americana — 11 a.m.
Stop by the Carnival Americana for a wide selection of the most thrilling and exciting rides available for all age groups. Play fun fair midway games, go on rides, eat delicious carnival food, and have a blast in the meantime! Get a 1-day unlimited ride wristband for $30 or purchase individual ride tickets available at the carnival.
Photos courtesy of the Greeley Stampede
Demolition Derby — 4 p.m.
Don’t miss the Demolition Derby featuring tons of car crashing, engine revving, dirt-flying fun. This action-packed demo derby includes more than 100 drivers, and is an annual favorite of the Greeley Stampede. Get your tickets before the event sells out — as it has for the last decade!
Fireworks Show — 9:30 p.m.
End the Fourth of July (and the Greeley Stampede!) with a bang at the Fireworks Show presented by Lemons Heating & Cooling. The display will be shot over the northwest corner of Island Grove Park at approximately 9:30 p.m.!
Have a safe and fun time with family and friends celebrating our nation’s independence!