The most patriotic holiday of the season, Independence Day, brings some of Northern Colorado’s best parades, races and festivals. From the huge, all-day events in Loveland and Fort Collins to the smalltown parties in Wellington and Windsor—and, of course, all the races, games and music in between—these events are some of the most highly anticipated every year.
So gather the whole family (the dog, too!) to celebrate the Fourth of July in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Estes Park, Timnath, Berthoud, Windsor and Wellington. No matter where you are in Northern Colorado, you’ll find plenty of food, tons of fun and a sky full of fireworks.
June 26 – July 7 | Island Grove Park
This huge annual event is celebrating its 98th year in 2019 with over a week of family-friendly attractions and special events. Those attractions include Carnival Americana, Kids Korral, outdoor music stages, multiple parades, the Western Art Show, fireworks, rodeo tours and more. On July 4th, the fun increases with the Independence Day Parade from 9 to 11 a.m. Two hours worth of floats and entertainment will travel down 10th Street in Downtown Greeley for the largest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi. Then, after a full day of Stampede fun, fireworks will fill the sky above Island Grove Park beginning at 9:45 p.m. To see the full schedule, click here.
July 3, 4 – 9:30 p.m. | Bein Park Athletic Complex
Berthoud is celebrating Independence Day 2019 with their first ever fireworks event! Everyone is invited to join in the fun on Wednesday evening to enjoy live music, a children’s parade led by Captain America, a family game area, a special kids’ zone, and a full-length firework display starting at about 9:15 p.m. And the next morning, on July 4th, don’t miss the Firecracker 5K Color Run!
July 4, 7 a.m. | Berthoud High School
This fun, family-friendly race will begin and end at Berthoud High School, but along the way, racers will be blasted with color at several different locations throughout the route. By the time you reach the finish line, you’ll be a part of a huge parade of color!
July 4, 7 a.m. | Centennial Park
Wellington’s annual Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at The Filling Station and continues throughout the day with the signature car, motorcycle and truck show, a parade on Cleveland Avenue, The Family Fun Fest in Centennial Park, and the fireworks display beginning at dusk. To get all the details on this year’s event, click here.
July 4, 7:25 a.m. | City Park
Photo courtesy of Green Events
Celebrating its 20th year in 2019, the Firecracker 5K is a race event for the whole family. Race options include the Citizen’s 5K around City Park, the Elite 5K around Sheldon Lake, and the free Kid’s Race for children ages 5 through 12. And it all kicks off at 7:25 a.m. with a performance of the National Anthem! To register, click here.
July 4, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. | City Park
A beloved tradition here in Fort Collins, the City’s celebrations include the Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament at City Park Nine, the 39th Annual Old Timers’ Baseball Game on the City Park North Ballfield, the 4th of July Parade on Mountain Avenue, swimming in City Park pool, live music and a food truck rally in City Park, and the Fireworks Celebration over Sheldon Lake. For all the details and times, click here.
July 4, 8 a.m. | Boardwalk Park
The Town of Windsor celebrates the Fourth of July with a dog-friendly race around Windsor Lake. Beginning bright and early at 8 a.m., racers and their four-legged friends can enjoy the fun, scenic route in the morning then come back at 9 p.m. for an evening fireworks display!
July 4, 8 a.m. | Loveland Fairgrounds Park
Photo courtesy of Sweetheart City Racing
Hosted by Sweetheart City Racing, this July 4th event invites racers to Loveland Fairgrounds Park before the fun in North Lake Park begins. More than 1,500 runners are expected and proceeds go to Life for the Innocent, an organization dedicated to rescuing, restoring and renewing those affected by human trafficking. To register, click here.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The 1879 Avery House
Coinciding with the all-day 4th of July Community Celebration throughout Fort Collins, The 1879 Avery House hosts their own celebration every year. You can watch the parade from the lawn then continue the fun with live music, old-fashioned games like croquet and a bean bag toss, kids’ crafts, Victorian-era costumes and more.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | North Lake Park
Hosted every year by the City of Loveland at North Lake Park, our July 4th Festival includes one of the best fireworks shows in the entire country! But the fun starts even before the sun goes down with the epic Battle of the Bands Competition, the Children’s Bike Parade, a beer garden and cornhole tournament, live music at Hammond Amphitheater, train rides and more. For full details, click here.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Stanley Park
Estes Park’s Independence Day celebration lasts all day in Stanley Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Estes Park Events Complex, you can see hundreds of cars in the Coolest Car Show. Then, head to the Estes Park Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. for the Big Bang Concert followed by a patriotic concert and fireworks show over Lake Estes at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, 6 p.m. | Timnath Reservoir
Photo courtesy of Town of Timnath
Everyone is invited to join in the fun at the Town of Timnath 4th of July Celebration. The attractions include live entertainment, music from local bands, delicious eats from local food trucks, and kids’ activities like a human hamster ball, an obstacle course, a rock wall, an inflatable bounce house and more. Then, the event ends with an epic fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, 9 p.m. | Boardwalk Park
Beginning at approximately 9:10 p.m. above Boardwalk Park, fireworks will light the skies of Windsor. Attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets to settle in for a wonderful show.