Fourth of July fireworks, things to do in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado

Ready for a return to normalcy?

After paring down its Fourth of July festivities the past two years, Fort Collins is back with its usual full day of events and fireworks show over City Park.

But instead of July 4, the city’s Independence Day events will take place Saturday — a response to “ongoing challenges still with staffing and supply shortages,” Fort Collins Parks Director Mike Calhoon said in a statement earlier this year.

Here is Fort Collins’ full list of Saturday events as well as some other celebrations planned across Northern Colorado.

Fourth of July weekend in Fort Collins

Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament

When: When: 7:30 am Saturday

Where: Where: City Park Nine, 411 S. Bryan Ave.

Start your Fourth of July weekend on the fairway with City Park Nine’s annual Stars & Stripes golf tournament. The two-person team event begins with a 7:30 am shotgun start and includes a 9-hole scramble and 9-hole best ball tournament. For more information, call City Park Nine at 970-221-6650.

FireKracker 5K

When: When: 7:30 am Saturday

Where: Where: City Park

Not much of a golfer? Get outside Saturday morning with the FireKracker 5K instead. The race — in its 23rd year in Fort Collins — takes runners on a flat course through City Park. The morning kicks off with race-day registration starting at 6: 15 am, the national anthem at 7:25, the citizens race at 7:30, elite race at 8:30 and kids race at 9. Adult registration is $ 40 in advance and $ 45 starting Friday. Registration for youths, veterans and active military is $ 35 until Friday, when the price increases to $ 40. For more information or to register, visit

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