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Now Accepting Entries for the 2017 4th of July Parade

The City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting entries for the 2017 4th of July Parade presented by Blue Ocean Foundation. The popular parade will begin at 10:00 AM on July 4th and will travel eastbound on Mountain Avenue between Jackson Avenue and Meldrum Street. The distance of the parade route is one mile. Awards will be given to entries in the following categories: Most Patriotic, Most Spirited, Most Creative, and Best Overall.

You can submit your entry online by completing this application. Please register early as parade entries are limited. The deadline for entry is June 23 at 5:00 PM.

4th Of July Schedule

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

FireKracker 5k
City Park, 7:30 AM
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Golf Tournament
City Park Nine Golf Course, 8:00 AM
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35th Annual Old Timer's Game
City Park North Ballfield, 9:30 AM
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4th of July Parade
Presented by Blue Ocean Foundation
Mountain Avenue between Jackson and Meldrum, 10:00 AM
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Avery House Celebration
328 W. Mountain Ave, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
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City Park Pool
1599 City Park Drive, 11:00 AM-5:30 PM
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Live Music at City Park
Presented by Blue Ocean Foundation
City Park, 4:15 PM-9:30 PM
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Fireworks Celebration
Presented by Blue Ocean Foundation
City Park over Sheldon Lake, 9:35 PM (estimated)
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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.

4th of July Parking, Free Shuttle and MAX

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.

Information on Street Closures
Transfort Free Shuttle Downtown Map
Transfort Free Shuttle CSU Map


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.

How to Apply

  1. Submit your Parade Application online by Friday, June 23, 2017.
  2. Submit your non-refundable parade fee to the City of Fort Collins-Recreation Department no later than Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • 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:

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==.

Fill out the parade application