The July 4th Festival is held annually at North Lake Park in Loveland.
The park is approximately 50 acres in size, and offers a wide variety of amenities including:
a miniature train (the Buckhorn Northern Railroad)
outdoor basketball courts (may be closed on July 3rd & 4th)
a ball field with backstop (Owens Field)
a swimming beach (closed on July 3rd & 4th)
an outdoor amphitheater (the Norma & Lynn Hammond Amphitheater)
a pond with fishing dock (affectionately known as "the duck pond")
plenty of grassy open space
Located at the corner of Taft Avenue & 29th Street in NW Loveland, North Lake Park also offers one of the area’s finest outdoor entertainment venues at the Norma & Lynn Hammond Amphitheater. Constructed and dedicated in 1996 by the Loveland Rotary Club, the City of Loveland, and many local philanthropists, this “state of the art” facility offers exceptional accoustics surrounded by grass seating. For the July 4th festivities, there will be close to 20,000 spectators gathered in this area!
PARK HOURS for JULY 4th:
North Lake Park is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
After hours camping, personal fireworks or alcoholic beverages will NOT be allowed in the park. (Alcohol Permits will NOT be issued for this park or Dwayne Webster Veteran's Park on July 4th).
July 4th FACTS:
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 Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. 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.
In 2015, USA Today highlighted Loveland's firework display as one of
the TOP 22 SHOWS IN THE NATION! Here is an article about that, posted by Tri 102.5:
2017 SCHEDULE of EVENTS:
The flag raising ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. by the Lone Tree School House.
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.
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 with "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the beginning of the fireworks show; set for 9:17 p.m.
Booths - Please see the table at the bottom of this page for the booth participants.
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.
Visitors accessing from I-25 should take the Highway 34 exit, travel west on Highway 34 into Loveland, go past Lake Loveland (on your right). Turn right onto Taft Avenue, and take Taft north to 29th Street. Turn left for overflow parking along 29th Street, or turn right to park in the lots at Loveland High School or along 29th Street (for handicapped spaces). There will be a fee for parking in Loveland High School lots.
Visitors are urged to bicycle or walk to the park. The City's Recreation Trail is an excellent way to get nearer to Lake Loveland from outlying areas, by taking it to the Centennial Park location and then going straight north along Taft Avenue to North Lake Park. You may also take existing bike lanes and bike routes to the park along City streets, as shown on the Bikeways Map.
Bicycle racks for bicyclists to lock up their bike and walk into the park are located at Loveland High School's main entrance (on the west side of the building).
REGULAR PARKING: Spaces will be available and limited to the following options:
PAID parking for cars in the lots at Loveland High School, 920 W. 29th Street, as a fundraiser for school activities. The cost will be $5/car.
FREE diagonal parking along 29th Street from Taft Avenue west to Empire Avenue and from Aspen Drive east to Custer Avenue.
FREE "On-street" parking in surrounding neighborhoods.
This option may require walking some distance to the park.
Please DO NOT block driveways or hinder parking for residents.
Due to the launch area for the fireworks show, the main road into the park will be used by event staff and emergency vehicles ONLY. No other vehicle traffic will be allowed in the park on July 4th.
RV PARKING: Recreational Vehicle Parking will NOT be allowed this year at the Loveland High School parking lot. Traffic inside the park will be limited to event participants and staff only (pass required).
PARKING for VISITORS with SPECIAL NEEDS:
The Loveland Police Department has announced that 29th Street from Custer Drive to Taft Avenue will be CLOSED to through traffic on July 4th, with designated Handicapped Parking available from Aspen Drive to Taft Avenue (along 29th Street).
- Vehicles with valid Handicapped Parking passes will be allowed to park in the west parking lot at Loveland High School for FREE (limited spaces available), or along 29th Street from Aspen Drive to Taft Avenue (along 29th Street).
- Handicap Parking is in designated areas ONLY, and not within the park.
Overnight camping is NOT allowed in any City of Loveland Parks or Open Spaces.
On the night of the 3rd, and on the morning of the 4th police will periodically patrol the park and clear out any illegal campers or partiers. Violators will risk receipt of a summons for violating City ordinances against such activities as illegal camping and/or consuming alcoholic beverages in a public park area. The park will be opening at 6:30am on July 4th, for those early arrivals staking out a spot for the day’s events. The swim beach area, basketball courts and playground (on the south side of the park), and the adjacent parking lots will be CLOSED July 3rd & 4th.
PARK AREA CLOSURES:
The fireworks launch location will once again impact areas of the park this year with the following areas being CLOSED. This is to allow for set-up/safety zone of the fireworks launch site. Areas off-limits to spectators will be fenced and posted, and security personnel or police will patrol the cleared areas regularly.
- The Basketball Courts and Playground
on the south side of the park
will be CLOSED July 3rd & 4th!
- The Swim Beach & Parking Lot
areas will be CLOSED on July 3rd & 4th;
remain closed until 10:00am July 5th.
PERSONAL FIREWORKS, PETS, or ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
The Loveland Police and Fire Departments have requested that all visitors to the North Lake Park area leave pets, alcoholic beverages, and personal fireworks at home as the risk for injury is quite high with the large crowds expected. Violators will risk receipt of a summons for violating the City ordinance against consuming alcoholic beverages and/or shooting fireworks in a public place.
BANS: PERSONAL USES OF FIREWORKS ARE BANNED AT NORTH LAKE PARK FOR JULY 4th, AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED BY THE LOVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT.
DO NOT LIGHT OFF PERSONAL FIREWORKS IN PUBLIC PLACES!
FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT:
Please see theFIREWORKS INFORMATION WEB PAGE for further information about fireworks in Loveland, and how to report illegal uses.
You may also choose to call the City's July 4th Fireworks Hotline
at (970) 962-2110 to hear recorded information on:
- Personal use of fireworks
- The fireworks display at North Lake Park
- Parking around North Lake Park
- To report illegal fireworks (you will be connected with the Police dept.)
|There are three park locations where you may watch the fireworks display. Below are maps which show the parks and their booth locations, restrooms/port-o-lets, parking locations, etc. You may also watch from South Shore Parkway along the south shore of Lake Loveland. However we ask that you watch for/do not impede traffic moving on Eisenhower Blvd.|
North Lake Park
EVENT MAP (PDF)
Benson Sculpture Garden
Dwayne Webster Park
July 4th Celebration - 2017 Booth Participants
|Bedrock BBQ||Beef Brisket, Brats, Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork and Sausage|
|Be The Gift||Hawaiian Shaved Ice|
|Calvary United Reformed Church||
Cotton Candy, Drinks
|Campaign SDA Outreach Ministries||Watermelon, Drinks|
|Girls Golf Club||Kettle Corn|
Loveland Classical School
Ice Cream, Coloring Activity, Information
|Loveland Concert Band||
Performing - Amphitheater 8:00-9:17 p.m.
Loveland Lions Club
Hamburgers, Chips, Drinks, Train Rides
|Morris Dancing - Breathless in Berthoud||Dance Performance (12:00-12:30 p.m.; Shelter 1)|
|Redemption Church||Face Painting, Frisbees, Water|
|Revive Christian Church||Yard Games, Balloons|
|Autism Helping Autism||Information|
|Freedom & Joy Ministries||Encouragement|
|Larimer County Search & Rescue||Information, Search Dogs|
|Veteran Motor Car Club of America||25 Vintage Collector Vehicles Displayed - North Parking Lot|
|Loveland Police Department|
|Command Post & Horse Patrol|
|City of Loveland - Public Works||Big Thompson River Master Plan|
|City of Loveland - Disabilities Advisory Commission||Information|
The City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department is accepting booth applications for the July 4th, 2017 celebration until May 15th, 2017. The booth applications are received and processed, and no others will be accepted after that date for 2017. If you are a local non-profit organization, and would like to have a booth at the July 4th celebration, please print, fill out and return the application to the Parks & Recreation Administration Office - 500 E. Third Street, Suite 200 - Loveland, CO 80537 Attn: Jeanne
July 4th Booth Application (2017 PDF)
The City of Loveland is accepting Corporate Sponsorships of future fireworks shows in Loveland! For further information, please contact the Recreation Manager at: (970) 962-2449.
For other information about the park or the July 4th events, please call the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727.