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Independence Day 2015


4th of July Schedule of Events

Special thanks to Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation for sponsoring the City of Fort Collins 4th of July Community Celebration.

FireKracker 5k
City Park
7:30 AM
Start your Fourth of July festivities with the 16th annual FireKracker 5k at 7:30am in City Park. All ages and abilities are welcome; you can walk, jog, run or race. Just make sure to include a healthy start to your holiday celebration. Visit the 5K's website here.

Golf Tournament
City Park Nine Golf Course
Shotgun start at 8:00 AM
Tee off your Independence Day with a two person best ball tournament at historic City Park Nine Golf Course. Please call 970.221.6650 for details.

34rd Annual Old Timer's Game
City Park North Ball field
9:30 AM
Enjoy a blast from the past watching these men relive their great memories enjoying the sport that they love.


2015 4th of July Parade
Presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation
10:00 AM
Mountain Avenue
The parade will travel east on Mountain Avenue, beginning at Jackson Avenue and ending at Meldrum Street. The parade will feature Poudre Fire Authority’s 100th Anniversary and the 101st Army Band. The Zachariah Dean Band will also be making an appearance during the parade.

Avery House Celebration
Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July at the 1879 Avery House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 328 W. Mountain Ave. Admission is free. Enjoy Victorian games and crafts, live music by the Bluegrass Patriots, historic characters, activities, booths, and more. Visit the Avery House website for more information.

City Park Pool
1599 City Park Drive
10:00 AM
Take a dip in the City Park Pool! The pool will be open until 5:30 PM. Admission is $3.00 for everyone.

Fort Collins Foxes v. Loveland
City Park Field
1:00 PM
Check out your hometown Fort Collins Foxes on the 4th of July as they take on their rival, the Loveland Blue Jays. Visit the team's website for more information here.

Live Music at City Park
Presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation
City Park
4:15 PM to 9:30 PM
In the evening, the celebration continues at City Park with live music and fireworks. From 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the 101st Army Dixieland Band takes the stage, followed by The 101st Army Rock Band from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Fort Collins Symphony will play from 8:15 p.m until the fireworks are scheduled to begin.

Fireworks Celebration
Presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation
City Park over Sheldon Lake
9:35 PM (estimated)
The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:35 p.m., depending on wind and weather conditions.

Fireworks Weather Delay
In the case of a weather event, the fireworks display may be delayed until 10:00 p.m. If the weather has not cleared by 10:00 p.m., the display will be postponed to July 5 at dusk. Weather that may delay the fireworks would include severe weather, moderate to heavy rain and/or wind gusts of more than 8 mph. The decision to delay will ultimately be made by Poudre Fire Authority. Visit or follow the City of Fort Collins on Twitter or Facebook for updated information.

Transfort Shuttle Service
Transfort will be providing free shuttle service on the Fourth of July to City Park. Free Transfort shuttle service will be available to City Park from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot. Shuttles begin at 5:30 PM going to City Park. The last departure leaving to City Park will be at 9:10 PM. MAX will also be in operation from 5:00 PM to midnight on the 4th of July. MAX Service will begin from the South Transit Center at 5:00 PM and the last bus will depart the Downtown Transit Center at 11:50 PM. Use the MAX and a free shuttle to get to City Park! Alcohol, fireworks and pets are not permitted on the shuttles or in City Park. Parking will not be permitted at City Park Pool or City Park Nine Golf Course. Parking around City Park's perimeter will be limited. Please call 221-6620 with Transfort shuttle questions.

Celebrate America's Independence with a day and evening full of family friendly fun activities, and events in City Park.

Need help navigating on the 4th? Information about street closures.


Celebrate America's independence by creating an entry that captures the patriotism of the 4th of July! Your entry could be a winner of one of the following awards: Best Overall, Second and Third.

The Fourth of July Parade is an entertainment event, designed to appeal to families and to bring the community together. The parade will not be a forum for intolerance or political or social messages or statements. As a component of the parade, some of the parade units will honor the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community. As the parade producer, the City of Fort Collins will make decisions at its sole discretion as to the content, design and participants selected to appear in the parade.

How to Apply

  1. Submit your Parade Application online by Friday, June 19, 2015.
  2. Submit your non-refundable parade fee to the City of Fort Collins-Recreation Department no later than Friday, June 26, 2015.
  • Non-Profit: $50 (must provide proof of non-profit status with payment)
  • Business Entries: $100
  • Marching Bands are welcome at no cost

Payments can be submitted by check by being mailed to or dropped off at:

Jami McMannes
City of Fort Collins-Recreation
215 N. Mason Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 280
Fort Collins, CO 80522

If you prefer to be invoiced, please note this in your application.

For questions, contact Jami McMannes at 970.221.6358 or .

More information coming soon!