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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
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Golf Tournament
City Park Nine Golf Course, 8:00 AM
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34rd Annual Old Timer's Game
City Park North Ballfield, 9:30 AM
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4th of July Parade
Presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation
Mountain Avenue, 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 Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation
City Park, 4:15 PM-9:30 PM
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Fireworks Celebration
Presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson 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.

Use the MAX and a free shuttle to get to City Park!

Transfort will be providing free shuttle service on the Fourth of July to City Park. Shuttles will be available to City Park from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot. Shuttles begin at 5:30 p.m. going to City Park. The last departure leaving 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. Parking will not be permitted at City Park Pool or City Park Nine Golf Course. Parking around City Park's perimeter will be limited. Call 970.221.6620 with Transfort shuttle questions.

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, 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 24, 2016.
  2. Submit your non-refundable parade fee to the City of Fort Collins-Recreation Department no later than Friday, June 24, 2016.
  • 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 am1jbWFubmVzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

Fill out the parade application