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4th of July Festivities ~ Fort Collins
Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2018
The City of Fort Collins and presenting sponsor Blue Ocean Foundation have announced the lineup of activities for the 2018 4th of July Community Celebration. Independence Day in Fort Collins will include a morning parade, evening musical performances at City Park, and the traditional fireworks display over Sheldon Lake at City Park.

4th of July Parade presented by Blue Ocean Foundation
The Fort Collins 2018 4th of July celebration begins with a traditional Independence Day parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade will travel west on Mountain Avenue, beginning at Meldrum Street and ending at Jackson Avenue. Please note that there will be street closures in the area of the parade and parking may be limited in some areas.

Live Music and Fireworks presented by Blue Ocean Foundation
In the evening, the celebration continues at City Park with live music and fireworks. Local bands will perform from 4:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Colorado Swing Band will perform from 4:15-5:15 p.m. followed by Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band from 5:45-7 p.m. The Fort Collins Symphony, led by Maestro Wes Kenney, will play from 8:15 p.m. until the fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:35 p.m. Independence Day concludes with the traditional fireworks display over Sheldon Lake in City Park. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:35 p.m., depending on wind and weather conditions.

Other activities to check out! FireKracker 5K, 38th Annual Old Timer’s Game, Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the Avery House & the Golf Tournament at City Park Nine Golf Course.

Summer Sidewalk Sales ~ Fort Collins
July 12-14, 2018
Location: Downtown
Extraordinary items and exceptional deals are the name of the game at the annual Old Town Fort Collins Sidewalk Sale from July 12-14. The $idewalk $ale at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures is known for its unique treasures at amazing bargains. From jewelry and clothing to glassware and antiques, you are assured to find that one-of-a-kind item or gift for a special person. Hours are 11 – 5 pm Thursday through Saturday.

Outdoor Movie Nights ~ Fort Collins
July 2018
Time: Begins at Dusk – exact times will be shared via social media
Location: Old Town Square

Outdoor Movie Nights in Old Town Square return this July! Each Tuesday starting at dusk, enjoy a family-friendly movie on a blow-up screen on the Old Town Square Stage! With flicks including The Incredibles, Moana, Coco, The Greatest Showman and more, bring your lawn chairs and your whole family for some free weekday fun!
July 10th: Moana | July 17th: The Greatest Showman | July 24th: The Incredibles | July 31st: Back to the Future

July 4th Celebration ~ Loveland
Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2018
Location: North Lake Park

10 AM: Raising of the flag
10 AM – 2 PM: School house open
11 AM: Vendor booths open and train rides
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Breathless in Berthoud Border Morris Dancing at Shelter #1
2 PM – 8 PM: Mobile Recreation Trailer
8 PM – 9:17 PM: Loveland Concert Band at Amphitheater
9:17 PM: Fireworks Show over Lake Loveland

Cherry Pie Festival ~ Loveland
July 7, 2018
Location: Downtown
Admission is free. Pie by the slice, ice cream, and drinks available for sale.

This annual event continues to delight. Enjoy delicious cherry pie and tasty ice cream while listening to live music and browsing vendor booths. Children’s activities, historical displays, and a cherry pie contest make this an evening to remember. Sponsored by Visit Loveland, Good Times Frozen Custard, Loveland Barricade LLC, and Dazbog Coffee.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews ~ Loveland
July 13-14, 2018
Location: Downtown Loveland

Come out for two days of live music, great food and beer in downtown Loveland! 100% of all proceeds from this event benefit local charities, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, House of Neighborly Services and Loveland Sertoma.

Greeley Independence Stampede ~ Greeley
Fun ThingsJune 22-July 4, 2018
Location: Island Grove Park
The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier western summer celebration; a Top-25 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo; and a recent inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Furthermore, the backbone of the Greeley Stampede is the rodeo, but it is the concerts that have brought big-name entertainers and big crowds to Greeley.

The Stampede’s demolition derby is the largest in Colorado. This annual sell-out, offering non-stop crashes and crunches. It also features a full-size RV division that is the event grand finale and a definite crowd favorite.

The Greeley Stampede also includes children’s activities, a carnival, fireworks, and much more.

The Greeley Stampede 4th of July parade is a traditional event that brings families back year after year. The parade showcases over 130 entries and attracts tens of thousands of eager spectators. Floats, bands and equestrian entries from all over Colorado and many surrounding states come together to celebrate our Nation’s Independence and Colorado’s Western heritage. The parade runs north along historic 10th Avenue starting amidst the beautiful University of Northern Colorado campus at 19th Street and ending on 5th Street beyond historic Lincoln Park. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp on July 4th. The parade is led by this year’s Grand Marshals. We look forward to seeing you along the route.

100th Annual Weld County Fair ~ Greeley
July 25-30, 2018
The Weld County Fair celebrates the agricultural heritage of Weld County. In 2018, we proudly celebrate the Centennial anniversary marking 100 years of a family-friendly event.

Our fair is open to the public and boasts a variety of displays and contests. The fair also provides the youth and adults of Weld County an opportunity to exhibit their skills. These areas include agriculture, livestock, natural resources, engineering, consumer and family, fine arts, horticulture, and family living.

The Weld County Fair Board is looking for community members who are interested in helping with our special celebration. We are looking for resident Weld County Fair “historians.” Let us know if you would like to share stories, pictures, and old memorabilia for a special temporary display during the fair.

40th Annual Arts Picnic ~ Greeley
July 28-29, 2018
Location: Lincoln Park
Every year on the last weekend in July, Arts Picnic draws thousands to historic Lincoln Park. Festival attendees shop from over 150 artists’ booths selling everything from pottery and paintings, soap to sculptures and gourmet food to garden art!

Looking for a beautiful bracelet, perfect piece of pottery, or wonderful watercolor? Grab your hat, sunscreen, and shopping bag and head to the Arts Picnic where you’ll find high-quality one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts. Folks can take a break in the beer garden or enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine. Enjoy food from around the world including French, Greek, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Italian, plus good old American BBQ in the food court. Creation Station’s kids’ hands-on area keeps the little ones busy with projects that encourage creativity and excite the imagination.

In addition to entertainers roving through the park all weekend, the two stages will feature 20 of the best Colorado entertainers. Hear everything from Celtic rock to country swing and rhythm and blues to rock ‘n roll. The Arts Picnic is truly a feast of fun for everyone!

4th of July Celebrations ~ Windsor-Severance
Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2018
Location: Windsor Lake at Boardwalk Park
Four-Legged Fun Run
Sponsored by Garden Valley Veterinarian Hospital and Heidi Washburn State Farm Insurance
The Fourth of July Four-Legged Fun Run, a dog-friendly race around Windsor Lake, will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. The $20 entry fee includes an exclusive race T-shirt; pre-register by 8 a.m. July 3 for a $5 discount. To register for the Fun Run, visit WebTrac (registration opens in April).

Fireworks will launch at approximately 9:10 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets for convenience and comfort.

Summer Concert Series ~ Windsor-Severance
Thursdays in July, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Boardwalk Park
Enjoy a wide genre of music every Thursday night this summer, complete with a beer garden, cornhole league and an Artisan Market!
July 5 Delta Sonics
July 12 17th Avenue All Stars
July 19 Indigent Row
July 26 Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene Band

Artisan Market ~ Windsor-Severance
Thursdays in July, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Boardwalk Park

The Town of Windsor is excited to bring an opportunity for artisans, crafters, service offerings, and direct sales representatives to sell their products and services. This market is for artisan vendors only, and will occur during the Summer Concert Series. Products range from ceramics, jewelry, and paintings, to photography, woodworking, sculpture, paint, and illustrations. In addition, masseuses, chiropractors, and spas will also offer services. This market is not for consumable goods.

Newsies ~ Johnstown-Milliken
Fun ThingsJune 28 – August 26, 2018
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney with a soaring score by Alan Menken. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.

Family Movie Night-The Black Panther ~ Johnstown-Milliken
July 5, 2018
Location: Glenn A Jones MD Memorial Library
Come on in and join us for movie night! The movie is rated PG-13. Bring pillows to get comfortable. We’ll provide the popcorn!

Family Fun Night ~ Johnstown-Milliken
July 17, 2018
Location: Nelson Fark Park
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us for outdoor family fun! We’ll have games, water fights, a bounce house, food, and more! The fun will take place at Nelson Fark Park, 671 Telep Avenue in Johnstown.

4th of July Celebration ~ Estes Park
Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2018

On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, miniature golf or check out the Coolest Car Show. More than 100 vehicles, from “Steam -to-Electric” will be displayed at the Estes Park Events Complex, located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Along with steam and electric cars, other street rods, stock cars, muscle cars, sports cars, vintage and classic cars will be on display.

At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert featuring the works of John Philip Sousa and others. The concert is free to attend and will be held at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown.

The Big Bang Concert is everything you are looking for in one location! A view of the fireworks along with music, food, local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands.

The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30pm over Lake Estes! You won’t want to miss one of Colorado’s most glorious fireworks displays! Find a grassy spot at Stanley Park, along the Lake Estes Trail or on your favorite mountainside to join in this annual tradition of national pride.

The Rooftop Rodeo ~ Estes Park
July 5-10, 2018
Location: The Stanley Park Fairgrounds
There’s non-stop, rip-roarin’ cowboy action in store for rodeo fans at Estes Park’s annual Rooftop Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event. It has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation, along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest, and the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real American Cowboy Magazine. Nightly professional rodeo performances, with world-class stock from PRCA Hall of Fame stock contractor Cervi Championship Rodeo, combine with Mutton Bustin’ competition for the kids, and a parade through downtown Estes Park annual affair. Watch the Rooftop Rodeo live broadcast on Saturday, July 8th.

SnowyGrass Music Festival ~ Estes Park
July 21, 2018
Location: Baldwin Park
COME JOIN US FOR A FREE ADMISSION BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL! 6 Bluegrass Bands | Kids Activities | Dogs Welcome | Craft Beverages | Food Vendors | Art Vendors | Grassy setting by the river | Bring low backed chairs or blanket/tarp to sit on!

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