The City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Departments are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for parade guests and participants. Please review our safety and security information below prior to arriving at our events.
Parade Route and Parking
The parade route will be eastbound on Mountain Avenue from Jackson to Meldrum. Guest may view the parade from available areas on Mountain Avenue. Eastbound Mountain Avenue will be closed to traffic at 7:00 AM. Parking can be found on surrounding streets, please do not block access to residences or alley ways. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM.
What You Can Do:
What You Can’t Do:
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 fcgov.com or follow the City of Fort Collins on Twitter or Facebook for updated information.
Parking will not be permitted in City Park (City Park Pool or City Park Nine Golf Course). Parking around City Park's perimeter will be limited. Persons with disabled parking permits may park in designated parking areas on the south side of Sheldon Lake off Mulberry Street. Transfort will be providing free shuttle service on the 4th of July to City Park. Shuttles will be available to City Park from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot. Shuttle service to City Park will begin at 5:30 p.m. The last departure to City Park will be at 9:10 p.m. MAX will also be in operation from 5:00 p.m. to midnight on the 4th of July. MAX Service will begin from the South Transit Center at 5:00 p.m. and the last bus will depart the Downtown Transit Center at 11:50 p.m.
Alcohol, fireworks, and pets are not permitted on the shuttles or in City Park. Call 970.221.6620 with Transfort shuttle questions.
Celebrate America's independence by creating an entry that captures the patriotism of the 4th of July, or celebrates Parks & Recreation. Your entry could be a winner of one of the following awards: Most Patriotic, Most Spirited, Most Creative, and Best Overall.
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.
Payments can be submitted by check by being mailed to or dropped off at:
City of Fort Collins-Recreation
215 N. Mason Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 580
Fort Collins, CO 80522
If you prefer to be invoiced, please note this in your application.
For questions, contact John Litel at 970.221.6875 or amxpdGVsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.