4th of July Fireworks, Things to Do in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado

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Ready for a return to normal?

After scaling back its July 4 festivities for the past two years, Fort Collins is back with its usual full day of events and fireworks over City Park.

But instead of July 4, the city’s Independence Day events will take place on Saturday – a response to “ongoing challenges with staffing and supply shortages,” said Fort Collins Parks Superintendent, Mike Calhoon, in a statement earlier this year.

Here’s the full list of Fort Collins Saturday events as well as other celebrations planned for northern Colorado.

4th of July weekend in Fort Collins

Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: City Park Nine, 411 S. Bryan Ave.

Kick off your 4th of July weekend on the fairway with City Park Nine’s annual Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament. The two-person team event begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. and includes a 9-hole scramble and a 9-hole best-ball tournament. For more information, call City Park Nine at 970-221-6650.

FireKracker 5K

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: city ​​park

Not very golfer? Go out on Saturday mornings with the FireKracker 5K instead. The race – in its 23rd year in Fort Collins – takes runners on a flat course through City Park. The morning begins with race day registration at 6:15 a.m., the national anthem at 7:25 a.m., the citizens’ race at 7:30 a.m., the elite race at 8:30 a.m. and the children’s race at 9 a.m. Adult registration is $40 in advance. and $45 starting Friday. Registration for youth, veterans and active military is $35 until Friday, when the price drops to $40. For more information or to register, visit firekracker5k.com.

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Independence Day Parade

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: mountain avenue

In a big throwback to Fort Collins’ 4th of July traditions, the city’s annual Independence Day Parade is back. The floats will run up and down Mountain Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

An old fashioned Independence Day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: The historic Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave.

Want to step into a time machine this holiday weekend? Head to the historic Avery House in Fort Collins. The Big House – built on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Meldrum Street in 1879 – will once again host its annual old-fashioned Independence Day celebration. In sync with the town’s morning parade, the free Avery House event will kick off at 10 a.m. with old-fashioned lawn games, face painting, house tours and food trucks. For more information, visit powderlandmarks.org.

baseball games

When: 1-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: City Park Baseball Fields

Get out for a ball game this weekend, with the Fort Collins Baseball Club Alumni Game starting at 1 p.m. and the Fort Collins Force Collegiate Game at 4:30 p.m. City Park.

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Cool off at the municipal park pool

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday

Where: City Park Pool, 1599 City Park Drive

Escape the July heat with a dip in the City Park pool this 4th of July weekend. The city-run pool will be open during special hours and offer a reduced $3 entry fee on Saturdays.

Ride the cart

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: City Park and Mountain Avenue

All aboard! Fort Collins’ pair of historic streetcars are on their way to some fun on the 4th of July. Whether you need to get around Old Town over the holiday weekend or are just interested in the tram experience, hop on one of the trams from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Cars take off from their City Park depot and run up and down Mountain Avenue. The walks will be free on Saturday. Fares are generally $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children, and free for children under 3.

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food and air

When: From 3 p.m. on Saturday

Where: city ​​park

The FoCo Food Truck Rally will make a special non-Tuesday appearance this July 4 weekend, lining its typical stretch from Sheldon Drive to the south end of City Park from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Browse local restaurants and enjoy some rhythm on the grassy hills. from City Park as bands perform on an outdoor stage beginning at 3 p.m. The Fort Collins Symphony will perform later in the day, before the start of the city’s fireworks.

End the day in style

When: 9:35 p.m. Saturday

Where: city ​​park

For the first time since 2019, fireworks will once again shoot across Lake Sheldon from City Park this July 4th weekend. Head to the park early Saturday – bonus points if you bring a picnic blanket and camping chairs. A fireworks display will close the day’s festivities around 9:35 p.m.

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4th of July at Loveland, Timnath, Windsor, Wellington

A Fourth Timnath of July

When: From 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Timnath Reservoir

Enjoy all Timnath has to offer this 4th of July with live entertainment, family activities and food trucks at Timnath Reservoir. The festivities begin Monday at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

4th of July celebrations in Windsor

When: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday

Where: Promenade Park, Windsor

Boardwalk Park is the place to be in Windsor this 4th of July. The festivities will begin at City Park around noon, and watercraft rentals at Lake Windsor will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Music from the 101st Army Band will begin in the park at 5:30 p.m., and the Windsor Fireworks Show will begin at 9 a.m. :3 p.m.

Wellington Independence Day Events

When: From 7 a.m. on Monday

Where: Downtown Wellington and Wellington Community park

Wellington has planned a jam-packed day of 4th of July events, starting early with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Wellington Gas Station Church, 3906 Cleveland Ave., a parade on Cleveland Avenue at 10 a.m. and a 4th of July festival in Wellington Community Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features different vendors and food trucks, music, activities for children and a car show. The day ends with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Sixth Street in front of Wellington Middle School.

4th of July at North Lake Park

When: From 3 p.m. Monday

Where: North Lake Park, Loveland

The Loveland 4th of July Festival officially returns to North Lake Park. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Monday with a children’s playground and a 4 p.m. children’s bike parade around the park. There will also be live music, a cornhole tournament, beer garden and a fireworks show, which kicks off at 9:17 p.m.

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Erin Udell reports on current affairs, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at [email protected] The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. Otherwise, sign up for a digital subscription to the Coloradoan today.


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