It’s that time of year when families and friends will gather together for a day of barbecuing, parades, activities and more before fireworks illuminate the night sky in celebration of the annual Independence Day holiday.

While everyone wants to enjoy a frontrow seat to a fireworks show, just remember that any type of fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Colorado and can result in fines.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, lady fingers, mortar and Roman candles are a few of the type of fireworks prohibited in the state. However, sparklers, ground spinners, trick noisemakers and other non-explosive illuminations are permitted in Weld and Larimer counties.

Avoid possible fines and injuries this Fourth of July by leaving the pyrotechnics to professionals and attending one of the many fireworks shows scheduled to take place in and around northern Colorado.

It’s not a 4th of July celebration without a parade. (Greeley Tribune file photo)


For those looking for a full day of 4th of July entertainment, the annual Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The popular event features floats, equestrian groups, marching bands, civic organizations, car clubs, nonprofits and much more.

The parade is scheduled to head north along the historic 10th Avenue at the University of Northern Colorado campus at 19th Street, ending on Fifth Street just past Lincoln Park.

GREELEY, CO – JUNE 25:Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller rides around the arena with the American flag on day one of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley June 25, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

The Independence Day Parade is one of the most popular parades in northern Colorado with thousands attending the event each year so getting out to the route early to secure a spot is key.

After the parade, the party continues at the Greeley Stampede with its Carnival Americana, Civitas Park Music Stage, food, games, art show and much more.

Stick around for the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Admission into the Greeley Stampede is $5 for guests age 13 to 60, $2 for seniors age 61 and older, $2 for kids age 6 to 13, and children age 6 and younger are free.

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Activities begin at noon at Boardwalk Park, 100 N. Fifth St. with food trucks, vendor booths, a performance from the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and more for all ages. Festivities will culminate with a fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m.


Things get rolling at 5 p.m. at the Timnath Reservoir, 5824 County Road 40 with live entertainment, food trucks, activities for all ages and more. A fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. wraps up the annual celebration.


Start the holiday off on the right foot by signing up for the Loveland Liberty 5K at 8 a.m. at Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave. Hosted by Sweetheart City Racing, runners and walkers will help support local veterans groups through their participation. The event also includes a kids’ 100-yard fun run.

Registration is $40 for participants age 15 and older and $35 for kids age 14 and younger. For more information, or to register, go to .

The city of Loveland’s July 4th Festival will begin at 3:30 p.m. at North Lake Park, 500 E. Third St. The free festival will feature a children’s bike parade, corn hole tournament, vendor and food booths, beer garden, live music and more for all ages. A fireworks show is set to begin at 9:15 p.m.

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Various City of Greeley facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.


Enjoy a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Filling Station, 3906 Cleveland Ave. before watching the parade that starts at 10 a.m. sharp along Cleveland Avenue.

The town is hosting a Fourth of July Festival at 11 a.m. at the Wellington Community Park, 8760 Buffalo Creek Parkway.

A fireworks show is set for 9:30 p.m. and can be watched from Sixth Street.


For those looking to celebrate Independence Day early, Berthoud has scheduled its celebration for 4 p.m. Monday, July 3 at Waggener Farm Park, 1000 N. Berthoud Parkway. The celebration will include music from Funkiphino, food trucks, activities and more for all ages.

Estes Park

Head to the mountains for Fourth of July to take part in a variety of activities and events.

The Estes Park Village Band will be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. at Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave. Attendees can enjoy traditional patriotic music from local singers and musicians. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

The American Legion Post 119 is hosting a Fourth of July Car Show at 10 a.m. at 850 N. St. Vrain Ave. The free event is open to all ages.

Wrap up the holiday with a breathtaking fireworks display over Lake Estes. The skies are scheduled to light up at 9 p.m. at 1770 Big Thompson Ave.

GREELEY, CO – JULY 4:Fireworks explode over the rodeo stadium during the Greeley Stampede 4th of July Fireworks Show above Island Grove Park in Greeley July 4, 2020. The Stampede, canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, put on a fireworks display visible from a large part of the city, while Big 97.9 FM played a customized soundtrack of patriotic tunes. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

Fort Collins

The city’s annual Independence Day celebration begins with a parade at 10 a.m. at Mountain Avenue between Howes Street and Jackson Avenue.

Beginning at noon at City Park, 1501 W. Oak St. attendees can ride the trolleys for free, participate in a family fun zone, enjoy live music from northern Colorado bands, including Greeley’s The Burroughs, get some snacks and drinks from food trucks and more before enjoying a fireworks show. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. at Sheldon Lake at the park.


For those looking for a less noisy option to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, the city of Boulder is hosting a night sky drone show at 7 p.m. at Folsom Field, 2150 Colorado Ave. The free event will include food trucks, live music from School of Rock, The Custom Shop-Band and Funkiphino before deploying drones into the sky at 9:35 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend the show.

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This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune