Dress up in red, white and blue and join the patriotic fun wherever you may be in Northern Colorado on the Fourth of July.
Fourth of July in Wellington
America: Yesterday, Today and Forever is the theme of this year’s Fourth of July parade in Wellington. Participants line up at Wellington Boulevard and Cleveland Ave. between 7 and 9:30 a.m. Three awards will be presented in each of three categories, floats, walkers, and motorized entries, and will be based on originality, creativity, workmanship and overall appearance. After the parade enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Filling Station, Fourth and Cleveland, 7-10 a.m. The Northern Plains Car and Truck Show happens 11 a.m-4 p.m. at the north ball field, Third Street., or take in the Antique Tractor and Engine Show between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. one block north of Washington Ave. off County Rd. 7. In the same area you’ll find a Tractor Pull 11:30 a.m-4 p.m., Lawn Mower Races 12-4 p.m., and Dirt Drag Races at 1 p.m. A family fun fest at Library Park on the south ball field on Wilson Ave. features the following:
11 a.m.-7 p.m. food, crafts and other vendors
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. live entertainment music by Barely Gettin’ By
12-6 p.m. Kids’ zone inflatable area
1-3 p.m. Cake/Cookie Walk
2-3 p.m. Town Board free ice cream social
2:30-4:30 p.m. Performances by Suicidal LifeStyles Stunt Team, a motorcycle group.
Fireworks at dusk near Library Park, presented by Wellington Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Wellington. Bring your own lawn chairs, relax and enjoy.
Fourth of July in Red Feather Lakes
Come join in the fun! There’ll be an arts and crafts show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., kids’ fishing contest at Ramona Lake, 8:30-11 a.m. boys and girls, 4-8 register at 8:30 a.m., boys and girls 9-14, register at 10 a.m.. Prizes awarded behind POA building, 12:30 p.m. Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Morningstar Community Church. Parade, 2 p.m. Veterans’ celebration following the parade at Veterans’ Monument in Red Feather Lakes Community Park. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday night. Festivities sponsored by Red Feather Lakes Property Owners Association.
Fourth of July in Fort Collins
Start your day with the 11th annua;; Firekracker 5K run, 8 a.m., City Park. This race is popular because of a flat fast course finishing at Sheldon Lake in City Park. A kids’ fun run follows immediately after the 5k. Race day registration $30, before that $25 for adults 15 and older, $20 for 17 and under and Fort Collins Running Club members. Register at Runners Roost in Fort Collins. Kids free.
Golf tournament, 8 a.m. City Park Nine. Two person better ball tournament. Info: 221-6650.
Thirty-second annual oldtimers baseball game, 9:30 a.m., City Park. A blast from the past watching oldtimers play the game they love.
Independence Day Parade from Mountain Avenue beginning at Jackson St. and ending at Howes St., 9:30 a.m. The parade will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fort Collins Police Department.
City Park Swimming Pool open 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Foxes vs. Loveland Blue Jays, baseball game, 1 p.m. City Park south field. $6 adults, children 5-14 and senior $4, children 4 and under and military with ID, free. Free mini American flag to the first 250 fans.
Live music in City Park at the corner of Sheldon and Mulberry Sts.-4:15-9:30 p.m. Daddy Rab, The Honey Gitters, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.
Fireworks at approximately 9:35 p.m. Free transportation to City Park from downtown transit center and CSU towers parking lot. Call 221-6620 with Transfort shuttle questions.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Diamond Rio live in concert, 7 p.m. July 1 and 2. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is located at 4747 Marketplace Drive, off Interstate 25 exit 254 in Johnstown. Tickets for dinner and show $69.50, $49.50 for the show only.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion’s memoir about loss and survival will come to life July 26-Aug. 4 at Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins. Theatre founder, Wendy Ishii, will team up with motion picture director Oz Scott for this special dramatic interpretation of the book. Tickets: $24, $18 seniors, $12 students. Info: 970-498-949, www.basbleu.org.
Jackie and the Beanstalk
An outdoor enactment of a quirky version of the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story will be performed by members of the Front Range Family Theatre Project in the plaza at Front Range Community College, 4616 S. Shields St., July 10-13. Info: frontrange.edu.
Fifty Shades of Grey…Hair
Don’t miss the Mostlies theatre troupe as they return with a comic parody of the best-selling book July 26-Aug. 7 at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia in Fort Collins. Tickets $15 — and they sell fast! Info: lctix.com or 970-221-6730.
Art from Central Asia and the Middle East
Caravanserai, Global Village Museum’s exhibit of art from Central Asia and the Middle East continues through July. For centuries,
caravanserai were places that provided rest and refreshment for travelers on trade routes through the Middle East and North Africa. Caravanserai: Art from Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa features artworks from these routes – carpets, canvas, calligraphy, and crafts – that embody the shared aesthetics of the region as well as distinct characteristics of individual cultures.
The objects in the show are from the countries of Mali, Morocco, Tunisia, Northern India, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. They were produced by people from a variety of ethnic and religious groups, in many different media, and span more than a century of artistic creation. Some pieces represent anonymous guilds with deep regional heritage; others are identifiable works of individual artists. The show aims to broaden understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse artwork from the Middle East and North Africa regions. The exhibit showcases Fort Collins as a crossroads of cultures, as all the artworks are on loan from regional collectors who include Global Village Museum founders, Colorado State University faculty and staff, and Northern Colorado residents.
Exhibit highlights include:
• Double bag from the early 20th century (Southwest Iran) – A double bag typical of the Bakhtiari and Lors tribes, used for transporting flour on migrations.
• Sofreh, or eating cloth, from the mid-20th century (Western Afghanistan) A colorful brocade eating cloth used by the Firuzkohi tribe.
• Ebru Kagidi, or marbleized paper (Turkey) – A detailed piece created by Mustafa Bey, one of Turkey’s renowned master painters.
• Wedding clothing (Afghanistan) – A woman’s dress made of embroidered silk and a man’s coat made of embroidered brushed wool.
• Koran page from the late 17th century – A page beautifully rendered in Arabic with Persian translation.
• Brass, copper, ceramic and enamel ware and wool, cotton and silk carpets from throughout the region.
Greeley Independence Stampede
This nationally recognized event, begun 91 years ago to honor Greeley’s potato farmers, continues through July 7 with pro rodeos, bull riding, kids rodeos, five country and classic rock concerts, a demolition derby, a Fourth of July parade, carnival midway, western art show and free stage entertainment. Billed as the world’s largest Fourth of July celebration, it all takes place at Island Grove Park, 600 N. 14th Street in Greeley. Info. and tickets: 970-356-7787 or greeleystampede.org. Tickets available at all Colorado King Soopers stores and through TicketsWest, 866-464-2626.