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Independence Day Community Celebration

Join in the Fun on Saturday, July 2#

Join in the Fun on Saturday, July 2

The City of Fort Collins and Elevations Credit Union are happy to host the 2022 Independence Day Community Celebration on Saturday, July 2 with a full day of family-friendly events and activities.

Why July 2?
Due to labor and material shortages from vendors, fireworks were unable to be secured for a traditional display on Monday, July 4. As such, all festivities, including the parade and celebratory fireworks were moved to Saturday, July 2, for this year.

Check out the schedule below, and follow us on social media (@Parks&RecFC) for day of updates.

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Day of Event Schedule#

Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament
FireKracker 5k
Independence Day Parade
Fort Collins Baseball Games
City Park Pool Special Hours

Special Rate: $3 Admission

Trolley Rides

Rides are free for the day; sponsored by Elevations Credit Union

Family Fun Zone

Drop by the Elevations Credit Union Family Fun Zone for bouncy inflatables, games, giveaways, and the chance to win a paddleboard!

Live Music and Fun in the Park

4-5 p.m.: BBMC

5:30-7 p.m.: Eminence Ensemble

9-9:15 p.m.: Fort Collins Symphony

Food Truck Rally
Fireworks Celebration

Free shuttle service available from Transfort! 

Parade Details#

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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.

  • 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 in public areas.

“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.

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When does the parade start?#

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2. Parade viewers are welcome to arrive along the route any time after 8 a.m. to secure a space to enjoy the event.

Where can I park?#

Parking can be found on surrounding streets, please do not block access to residences or alleyways. Click here for more information regarding street closures in the area. 

Where's the parade route?#

The parade route will be westbound on Mountain Avenue from Howes St. to Jackson Ave. Guests may view the parade from available areas on Mountain Avenue.

What if I have a safety concern?#

“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.

Fireworks Display Information#

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Where are the fireworks?

The fireworks display on Saturday, July 2 is a tradition of splendor and awe in Fort Collins. The display takes place over Sheldon Lake at City Park. 

What time do the fireworks start?

The Fort Collins Symphony, led by Maestro Wes Kenney, will introduce the fireworks celebration beginning at 9:35 p.m., depending on wind and weather conditions.

Where can I park?

Parking is not permitted in City Park on July 2. Parking around City Park's perimeter will be limited. For more information about street closures in the area and alternative modes of transportation click here

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Because Colorado summers typically bring dry weather, heat, and wildfires, it is important to know and obey the fireworks laws in Fort Collins. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries every year, disrupt your neighbors, scare animals, and could cost you a large fine. For more information on fireworks and to report firework usage in your area, visit fcgov.com/fireworks