June 27, 2018 | Heather Lynch
Happy 243rd Birthday America! From Mr. Bigs and all of us at The Noco Group, we wish you a Happy 4th of July!
Here's how Northern Colorado is celebrating this holiday.

Fort Collins

FireKracker 5k | 7:25 a.m.
This year’s FireKracker 5k marks the 18th anniversary of the City Park celebration. Whether you run, walk, jog or race, the event includes a casual Citizen’s 5k, an Elite 5k, a Kid’s Race, a $3500 cash purse and other awesome awards! The first race, the Citizen’s 5k, takes off at 7:30 a.m. and festivities continue through 9:30 a.m.

Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament | 7:30 a.m.
Fort Collins’ annual Stars & Stripes tournament at City Park Nine is an 18 hole, 2-person team event. For the $50 entry fee, you’ll get to compete for prizes and indulge in food and drinks after the event!

35th Annual Old Timer’s Game | 9:30 a.m.
Join in the fun and celebrate July 4th with America’s favorite pastime at City Park North Ballfield. It’s a blast from the past watching these men relive their great memories enjoying the sport they love.

4th of July Parade | 10 a.m.
Fort Collins’ annual 4th of July Parade is always guaranteed to be a good time for the whole family. The displays of patriotism and community engagement are paired with local marching bands, lots of laughs and plenty of candy! Follow it up with continued celebrations throughout the day hosted by the city and other organizations.

Live Music at City Park | 4:15 – 9:15 p.m.  
After the parade and before the fireworks, the celebration continues at City Park with live music! The Fort Collins Symphony will play from 8:15 p.m. until the fireworks begin. It’s the perfect time to dance in the park, watch the sun set and set out your chairs and blankets to prepare for the explosive show.

Fireworks Celebration | 9:35 p.m.
Stick around City Park until approximately 9:35 p.m. when the fireworks start! Year after year, this Fort Collins event is one of the best in NoCo.


July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park | 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Loveland’s July 4th Festival is held annually at North Lake Park and is one of the most festive events all year. In the past, over 20,000 people have gathered to celebrate Independence Day and watch the fireworks show at the end of the day. Festivities include food and game booths sponsored by nonprofit community organizations, a car show hosted by NoCo’s Veteran Motor Car Club of America, a performance from Loveland Concert Band, and the fireworks show at 9:17 p.m. Stick around until 9:30 p.m. when the fireworks start!


Town of Timnath 4th of July Celebration | 5 p.m.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. in Timnath with live music from Larry & the Pour Boys, Thunder and Rain and Hot Tomatoes. While you dance, you can grab dinner from a local food truck including Austin Taco, Corndoggies, Elli’s Deli, Mile High Lobster Shack, Revolution Artisan Pops, BIGS Meat Wagon and Pizza Casbah. Profits from beer and wine sales will benefit Overland Sertoma and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities as well. Stick around until 9:30 p.m. when the fireworks start!


4-Legged Run/Walk | 8 a.m.
Participate in a fun run around Windsor Lake this Fourth of July and bring your 4-legged friends! The race will be one lap around the lake and you get to take a home a t-shirt and winning prizes. Save money and Pre-register at the Community Recreation Center or register on the day of beginning at 7 a.m.

July 4th Celebration | 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
After the festive 4-Legged Run/Walk, stick around Windsor Lake for local and regional food trucks and fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m.!


Annual 4th of July: Small Town Strong | 7 a.m.
Wellington’s annual Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at The Filling Station and continues throughout the day with the signature car, motorcycle and truck show, a parade on Cleveland Avenue, and The Family Fun Fest in Centennial Park. You’ll find vendors and food, square dance demos, an ice cream social and much more! Stick around for fireworks at dusk and tune into 97.1 FM for synchronized music.


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