Fun Things To Do

It’s all happening in Northern Colorado! Here are fun things to do in July…
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July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park ~ Loveland

Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: North Lake Park

Organized in the late 1970′s by local community groups, the July 4th Celebration in North Lake Park serves as the central site for celebrating Independence Day in Loveland. Festivities include food and game booths sponsored by nonprofit community organizations, entertainment sponsored by the City of Loveland, and the area’s largest and longest fireworks show sponsored by Loveland Fire & Rescue and the City of Loveland. This annual celebration attracts steady crowds during the day culminating with well over 20,000 people in the North Lake Park area when the fireworks demonstration begins.

Schedule of Events:

  • The flag raising ceremony will take place at 10:00am by the Lone Tree School House. The American Legion will have the honors of raising the American flag for this 4th of July celebration.
  • Car Show – The northern Colorado chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America will return this year with a car show of 25 vintage collector vehicles ranging from the 1920′s – 1970′s. The car show will be from approximately 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Performance by Rocky Mountain Cheer & Dance Company at Shelter #1 from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Dance performance by Morris Dancers – Breathless in Berthoud from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at Shelter #1 in North Lake Park.
  • Drum performance by Djembe Jive, LLC will be from 5:15-6:00 p.m. at Shelter #1 in North Lake Park.
  • Loveland Concert Band will provide entertainment at the Norma and Lynn Hammond Amphitheater stage starting at 8:00 p.m. This 80+ member band will play many of Loveland’s patriotic favorites culminating at the beginning of the fireworks show; set for 9:17 p.m.
  • Fireworks Show – at 9:17 p.m. the show is set to begin over Lake Loveland. This year’s show should be approximately 30 minutes in length, and will culminate with a finale of close to 500 shots.

Cherry Pie Celebration ~ Loveland

July 19, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Peters Park at the Loveland Museum/Gallery

Admission is free. Pie by the slice, ice cream, and drinks available for sale.
This annual event continues to delight. During the 1920s, Loveland was home to the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi. Celebrate Loveland’s longstanding connection with the cherry industry with 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. Featured bands include The Joe O’Bryan Band and Papa Juke.

Foote Lagoon Concert Series ~ Loveland

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Civic Center & Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
Cost: FREE
Summer Side of Loveland Foote Lagoon Concerts!
7/3: Mary Louise Lee
7/10: Queen City Jazz Band
7/17: Runaway Express
7/24: Chris Daniels & The Kings
7/31: Sons & Brothers

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4th of July Parade & Fireworks ~ Fort Collins

Fun ThingsJuly 4th, 2014

4th of July Parade
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Old Town, Mountain Ave
Join us for the Fourth of July Parade and show your patriotism! This year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the fort moving from LaPorte to Fort Collins. Come out to see floats, hear the music and celebrate our country’s independence! The Parade begins at Jackson Avenue and Mountain Avenue and heads down Mountain Avenue ending at Meldrum Street. The Parade begins at 9:30 AM! Visit for more details.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July at the Avery House
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The Avery House
Victorian Games & Crafts, Live Music, Historic Characters, Streetmosphere Musicians, Visual Artists, Activities, Booths, & More
Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast
Enjoy the City’s July 4th Parade in the morning then head to the Avery House for all the fun!

Evening Concerts
4:15-5:15 PM: Colorado Swing Big Band Independence Day Celebration
6:00-7:00 pm: Manabi Salsa Band
8:15-9:30 pm: Fort Collins Symphony

Approximately 9:35 pm| City Park
End the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show!

Fireside Tales ~ Fort Collins

July 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Join a Master Naturalist around the campfire to hear stories and learn fun facts about urban wildlife, the river corridor, and more! S’mores provided by the museum staff. Meet at the museum entrance. Bring lawn chairs, if possible.

Music in the Gardens ~ Fort Collins

July 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Gardens on Spring Creek

Welcome the summer months with our laid back summer concert series in the Children’s Garden. Presented by Bohemian Foundation, this year’s Music in the Gardens will feature talented local jazz musicians.
Admission is $10 per adult, $5 ages 18 years and under, $5 seniors (65+), and all children 5 years and under admitted free.

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4th of July @ Greeley Stampede ~ Greeley

Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2014
4th of July Parade
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Downtown Greeley
Last year, we added the Aerial Parade which was a big hit with the crowd! It’s coming back this year with a few new surprises!

And you probably know that the longhorns lead off the July 4th parade. But did you also know that they lead off all of the daily parades through the park? They really have to work for their feed!
Daytime Activities
Carnival, Art & exhibit Sale, BMX Pro Trick Team, The Marvelous Mutts – A Canine Spectacular, PRCA Rodeo
Concert: Martina McBride
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Stampede Arena
Fireworks at dusk!

Friday Fest ~ Greeley

Throughout July 2014
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 9th Street Plaza in Downtown Greeley

Join us for Friday Fest EVERY Friday evening from 5-10pm, May 2nd through September 19th! Take advantage of the Colorado’s first and only “Go-Cup” Entertainment Area – and enjoy many nights of great music and fun for the family on the 9th Street Plaza.

July 4th: After the parade and the barbecue, head downtown for free music before the fireworks. We supply the 4th of July party with music by The Atomic Brass Project. You might not even need fireworks after a night of this red hot dance music!
July 11th: Feel the love with the sexy, soulful groove of Buckner Funkenjazz.
July 18th: Pay tribute to the soul and grace of Santana with Soul Sacrifice. Sponsored by our good friends at Ehrlich Toyota!
July 25th: Annual Greeley Arts Picnic Kick-off Concert with your favorite, Funkiphino. They really bring the party to the Arts Picnic kickoff stage every year!

Greeley Arts Picnic ~ Greeley

July 26-27, 2014
Location: Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley

Arts Picnic, held the last weekend in July, draws thousands to historic Lincoln Park every year. Festival attendees shop from over 175 artists’ booths selling everything from pottery and paintings, baskets to Bonsai and gourmet food to garden art! Folks can take a break in the beer garden or enjoy delectable delights from the 20 food vendors in the Culinary Area. Colorado performers entertain on two stages throughout the weekend while clowns, magicians and balloon artists rove through the park. The kids’ Hands-on Area keeps the little-ones busy with projects that encourage creativity and excite the imagination. The Arts Picnic is truly a “feast of fun for everyone!”

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4th of July Celebrations ~ Windsor

Fun ThingsJuly 4, 2014
4th of July 4-legged 5K Run/Walk
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location: Boardwalk Park

A fun run or walk for you and your 4-legged best friend. Participants will receive a t-shirt! Prizes will be given to winners. Save money and pre-register by 8:00 am, July 3 at the Community Recreation Center or online! Check-in and day-of-registration begin at Boardwalk Park at 7:00 am on July 4, 2014.

July 4 Concert / Fireworks
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Location: Boardwalk Park
The Jurassicastors: Rock & Roll so Classic…it’s Jurassic!
Fireworks will follow concert at dark.

Summer Concert Series ~ Windsor

Thursday’s in July, 2014
Time: Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (*unless otherwise noted)
Location: Boardwalk Park (100 N. 5th Street)
July 10: Dixie Leadfoot – Rockabilly
July 17: Euforquestra – Reggae / Funk / Soul
July 24: Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run – Bluegrass
July 31: 6 Million Dollar Band – 80′s

Dive-In Movie: Surf’s Up ~ Windsor

July 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Chimney Park Pool
Relax in the Pool while enjoying a movie with family and friends. Bring a pool float if you like! All ages welcome.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by a responsible guardian 16 years or older. Children 6 and under must be accompanied in the water by a paying adult. The adult must be in direct contact with the child.

Pool opens at 8:00 pm
Movie begins at 8:30 pm
$2.25/person for pool admission

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Peter Pan ~ Johnstown

Fun ThingsJune 19 – August 24, 2014
Location: Candlelight Dinner Theatre

The High-flying Broadway classic is a timeless masterpiece where magic and wonder abound. This spectacular production about ‘the boy who refused to grow up’ will transport you, like never before, into J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale of lost boys, pirate rogues and a mischievous Fairy! Highlighted with dazzling flying effects, your heart will take flight with such musical favorites as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Never-Never Land” and so many more. Wonderful adventures await you with one of the most treasured family classics of all time!

Tween Movie Night-Ghost Busters ~ Johnstown

July 2-3, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Location: Glen A Jones MD Memorial Library
Who ya gonna call? Join us for movie night to view Ghost Busters (PG)! We’ll provide the popcorn! This event is for youth going into 3rd through 5th grade.

Johnstown-Milliken Farmer’s Market ~ Johnstown

June 7 – October 11, 2014
One Market two locations! Farmers, food artisans, bakers & candlestick makers!
The market begins on:
June 7th (Saturday) in Milliken @ Milliken Town Hall
August 15th (Friday) in Johnstown @ Parish Street between Charlotte & W South 1st St
and will run through October 10th & 11th.

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Go 4th Festival! ~ Estes Park

Fun ThingsJuly 3-4, 2014

July 3rd: Tunes, Treats and Toasts Party
Time: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Fairgrounds @ Stanley Park
Partake in a celebration of independence with a pig roast and beer garden while listening to live entertainment by the Dennis-Tobias Band and the Moses Jones Band. Kids have plenty to do to keep busy with face painting, a photo booth and big ball entertainment! Tickets are $8 (Ages 12 and older), $4 Kids (Ages 6 – 12) and (Ages 5 and under) are Free. Pig Roast Dinner, $8. Proceeds go to the Estes Park Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund.

July 4th Activities

  • Independence Day Pancake Breakfast: headquarters for the breakfast is Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church at 920 Big Thompson Ave.
  • Daytime Activities: Coolest Car Show, Professional Bull Riding and more!
  • Estes Park Village Band @ 7:00pm: 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 Fireworks Show starts at 9:30pm over Lake Estes!

Rooftop Rodeo Parade ~ Estes Park

July 8, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Downtown Estes Park

The Rooftop Rodeo Parade kicks off Rodeo Week festivities in Estes Park. Bands, groups on horseback, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty from throughout the United States and more participate in the event. The parade is a free event, however, the world famous Rooftop Rodeo does require ticket purchase for admission (and is totally worth it!). Please see the Rooftop Rodeo event listing for additional details.

Cool Nights Cruz-In Car Show ~ Estes Park

July 25, 2014

Time: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Estes Park Visitor Center

If you enjoy looking at vintage, restored, new, and modified cars, and meeting other people who share your passion, the evening of the Cool Nights Cruz-In is for you! The car show is open to all and free to all spectators. Stop by at the north-east parking lot of the Estes Park Visitor Center.

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