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4th of July Celebration in Fort Collins

July 4

Celebrating Independence Day in Fort Collins is a sure way to make the most out of this iconic summer holiday. There are festivities for everyone to enjoy: a food truck rally, live music, fireworks, a parade, and even a 5K all take place in Fort Collins honoring the 4th of July.

Vibrant fireworks display over a serene lake at dusk highlighted in The Scout Guide, showcasing a stunning array of colors against a deep blue sky with scattered clouds.

Fort Collins Independence Day Parade:

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. To listen to the parade announcer we recommend finding space to view the parade near the Judges’ Station at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Sherwood Street.

A sunny day at a parade with a crowd of onlookers lining the street, watching as The Scout Guide members march confidently, carrying American flags while leading the procession down a tree-lined avenue.

Live Music, Food Truck Rally, and Fireworks at City Park:

Head over to City Park for delicious food trucks, free live music, and Independence Day festivities from 11:30am-9:35pm. End the day with a 💥bang💥 by enjoying our city’s display of fireworks.

Alt text: A band performs on an outdoor stage in a park during The Scout Guide community event. The view from behind the stage shows a drummer, a guitarist, a singer, and a bass player engaging with a scattered audience of families and groups lounging on blankets and lawn chairs across the grassy field. American flags and lush trees under a clear sky add to the relaxed, festive atmosphere.

The band, Last Call Romance, plays at City Park Monday July 4, 2016.

Firekracker 5K:

The Annual FireKracker 5k begins at 7:30am for the Citizen’s Race, 8:30am for the Elite Race, and 9am for the Kid’s Race. Enjoy a flat, fast 5k course that runs through City Park and Old Town streets before finishing up at Sheldon Lake. All ages and abilities are welcome; you can walk, jog, run or race. Kids can also join in on the fun during the kid’s race. Click here for registration and more information.

A joyful child with fairy wings and a "Happy 4th" shirt leads a group of festive participants in a scouting event on a sunlit day.

Stars and Stripes Golf Tournament at City Park Nine Golf Course:

Tee off and enjoy the 18-hole Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament at City Park Nine golf course. The tourney is a 9 hole best ball, 9 holes scramble. Enjoy a barbecue and refreshments at the clubhouse following the tournament. Built in 1940 and located next to historic City Park and Grandview Cemetery, the downtown course features smooth fairways, small greens, and mature trees. Call (970) 221-6650 for more information and to register.

Early morning on a tranquil golf course with golfers at play, sunlight piercing through the trees, casting a warm glow over the serene landscape, perfectly encapsulating the essence of The Scout Guide's exploration of local leisure and outdoor activities.

The Avery House Old-Fashioned Fourth of July:

Celebrate an old-fashioned 4th of July at the Avery House, fun for all ages! The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the Avery House runs from 10am-1pm on the Avery House lawn (328 W. Mountain Ave.). Lawn games are free for all ages. Tours of the Avery House are available for $5 per guest.

A vibrant community gathering outside a charming sandstone house adorned with patriotic decorations for a July 4th celebration, capturing the essence of The Scout Guide's celebration of local treasures and traditions.

Hop Aboard the Trolley:

Hitch a ride on the only original restored city streetcar operating in the western U.S. today. If you’re near City Park during the 4th of July weekend (or any other weekend this summer!), be sure to grab a ride on the Fort Collins’ Trolley and take a trip back in history while enjoying an experience you and your family won’t soon forget. On Thursday, July 4th, the trolley will be operating from 12pm-5pm from City Park to Old Town. Each 3-mile trip takes about 30 minutes.

A vintage green and yellow streetcar adorned with a patriotic bunting on the front is parked on the tracks under a canopy of trees on a sunny day, with bystanders enjoying a community event The Scout Guide in the background.

City Park Pool:

Make a splash at the City Park outdoor pool. There will be special hours in honor of Independence Day; the pool will be open from 11:30am-4:30pm.

Aerial view of a vibrant water park with a large pool, multiple yellow water slides, sunbathers, and swimmers enjoying a sunny day, surrounded by lush green trees, hinting at a fun chapter featured in The Scout Guide.