The Fort Collins 4th of July celebration will include a parade for the first time.

As always, fireworks will blast over City Park to crowds of thousands. Music will start in City Park in the afternoon. Runners will run the Firecracker 5k as per usual, and the Fort will be rockin with, in and about red, white and blue just like every other 4th.

But this time, there will be a parade!

Join the fun at 10am on Mountain Ave. It begins at Jackson and ends at Howes. So that is west to east, near City Park to just past where the trolley stops.

If Tour de Fat's past have taught us anything, it's that people love a parade on Mountain Ave. Wide sidewalks, friendly neighbors, plenty of satellite streets for parking, it's going to be a great time.