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4th of July Celebration

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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 29, 2018.
  2. Non-refundable parade fees are due no later than Monday, July 2, 2018. Please wait to be contacted by City staff prior to submitting payment.
  • Non-Profit: $50 (must provide proof of non-profit status with payment)
  • Business Entries: $100
  • Marching Bands are welcome at no cost

For questions, contact Marc Rademacher at 970.221.6309 or bXJhZGVtYWNoZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t.

2018 Parade Application coming soon. 

Parade Safety

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:

  • A position on the curb or center medium may be maintained along the parade route beginning at 8:00 AM on July 4, 2018.
  • Small, professionally manufactured barbecues elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route as long as they are 25 feet from buildings and other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be readily available at all times.
  • Dress for warmer weather. Drink healthy fluids to avoid dehydration. Use protective sunblock.
  • “See Something, Say Something!” Call 970-419-FCPD(3273) to report suspicious activities and packages; or contact emergency authorities along the parade route.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. Remain calm; listen to all questions asked; provide short answers and know the address or easily identified landmarks from where you are calling.
  • Use common sense; celebrate responsibly and always designate a driver!

 What You Can’t Do:

  • Unoccupied chairs are not allowed and will be removed from the parade route.
  • ALL Fireworks are prohibited except as part of scheduled official events.
  • No items may be sold along the parade route without a City permit.
  • Pets are not recommended along the parade route; keep them safe at home!
  • Throwing any objects into the parade; or at passing vehicles or pedestrians is dangerous and prohibited.
  • No unauthorized parking. Vehicles blocking emergency travel lanes or parked in restricted areas will be towed at the owner’s expense, no exceptions. Pay attention to where you park and double-check for temporary No Parking signs and other restrictions.
  •  No open containers of alcohol are permitted on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas.

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. 

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