July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park

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July 4 boy by Frank McKenna

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Voted one of the top 22 fireworks shows in the nation by USA Today! Located at the corner of Taft Avenue & 29th Street in northwest 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 acoustics surrounded by grass seating. For the July 4th festivities, there will be close to 20,000 spectators gathered in this area! 

2018 Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m. - Raising of the Flag
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - School House Open
  • 11 a.m. - Vendor Booths & Train Rides
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Breathless in Berthoud Border Morris Dancing at Shelter #1
  • 2 - 8 p.m. - Mobile Recreation Trailer presented by Kaiser Permanente
  • 8 - 9:17 p.m. - Loveland Concert Band at Amphitheater
  • 9:17 p.m. - Fireworks Show

July 4 Park Hours

North Lake Park is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. 

After hours camping, personal fireworks and alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted in the park.

Alcohol Permits will NOT be issued for this park or Dwayne Webster Veteran's Park on July 4th.

Directions

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.

Bicycling & Walking

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). 

Parking

  • PAID parking at Loveland High School, 920 W. 29th Street, as a fundraiser for school activities. $5 per 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 - 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).

Special Needs Parking

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).

No Overnight Camping

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 parties.

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 opensat 6:30 a.m. on July 4th for those early arrivals staking out a spot for the day’s events.

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 & 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.

Personal Fireworks Prohibited

PERSONAL USE 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!

Fireworks info via Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

Call the City's July 4th Fireworks Hotline at 970.962.2110 for recorded info on personal use of fireworks, park fireworks display, parking and reporting of illegal fireworks. 

 

EVENT MAPS:
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

4th North Lake Park

EVENT MAP (PDF)

Benson Sculpture Garden
July 4th Benson Sculpture Garden
EVENT MAP
 (PDF)

Dwayne Webster Park
July 4th Dwayne Webster Veterans Park
EVENT MAP
 (PDF) 

2018 Vendors

Organization

Activity

Larimer Country Search & Rescue Info + search dogs
Campion SDA Outreach Ministries Lemonade/watermelon/cookies/water
Calvary United Reformed Church

Cotton Candy, Drinks

Girls' Golf Club kettle corn
Loveland Classical School Ice cream, coloring actvity, info

Bedrock BBQ / Parks & Rec Foundation

Bratwurst, hot dogs, pulled pork, beef brisket, sausage

Be The Gift

Hawaiian shave ice, info

Be The Gift

Pottery bowl making

Loveland Lions Club Hamburgers, chips, drinks, train rides
Veteran Motor Club 25 vintage collector vehicles display
Marine Corps League Hats
Freedom & Joy Ministries Encouragement
Sweaty Moose Salads, sandwiches

 

Vendor Applications

The City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department is accepting booth applications for the July 4th, 2018 celebration until May 17th, 2018. The booth applications are received and processed, and no others will be accepted after that date for 2018.  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

Sponsors

The City of Loveland is accepting corporate sponsorships for 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.

July 4th Event Map PDF July 4th Map - Benson Sculpture Garden July 4th Dwayne Webster Veterans Park - Event Map

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