Blue skies, blindingly white snowcapped peaks and redline workouts are the type of red white and blue that makes our high country hearts race. (Get it? Fitness joke!) The diverse offerings here in Summit County are teed up for a perfect Independence Day celebration. From parades, water fights, live music, bike and foot races, arts festivals, garden parties, and a chance to double down on two nights of fireworks for the hardcore pyrotechnic lovers, we can’t image a better place to celebrate. Highlights are below- but remember, you can also make your own traditions by just getting out into the back county and celebrating open space and open skies. Freedom!
Summit County maintains an active lifestyle even on the most famous of BBQ holidays, and the 4th of July is no exception. From bike races and foot races to a Main Street kids water fight, bike decorating contest and fishing derby you'll have no problem keeping your Fitbit happy on this holiday. Looking for something a little more relaxing? How about a garden party, or an arts festival, or taking in the world famous National Repertory Orchestra? Once again, Summit County has you covered. Are crowds just not your thing? U.S. Forest Service lands make up about 80 percent of the county's land area, so there is plenty of space for you solitude seekers to reflect and recharge away from the happy masses.
We hope to see you out celebrating!
Independence Day 10K Trail Run | 7:00 a.m. Carter Park. Scenic 10k trail running race with some of the best views in Breckenridge. Youll finish just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. Register at www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call 970.453.1734. Registration is now full. People are invited to come watch the start and finish at Carter Park.
The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race | This mountain bike race launches the 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50 mile trail race. For more information www.mavsports.com
Fourth of July Garden Party | 9:00 a.m. The Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast spread as you watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Cost: Advance ticket prices Adults $50 ($75 day of), Children 12-6 $30 and Children 5 & under $10. Call 970.453.9767 x 2 for more information.
Main Street Parade | 10a.m. The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard. Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will start the parade at 9:30am & it will take 800+ riders hour to get down Main Streets in waves.
Kids Water Fight | 1:00pm - 3:00 p.m. Kids can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate.
Street Arts Festival | July 1-4th A celebration of street, pavement and graffiti arts that will feature a weekend of 3D murals, chalk drawings, live music and hands-on workshops at the Breckenridge Arts District campus. Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts.
Concert at the River Walk Center Free | 2:00 p.m.
National Repertory Orchestra 4th of July Patriotic Concert | 8:00 p.m. For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. The Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets.
Fireworks | 9:45 p.m. A full professional fireworks display will be set off in town and can be visible from all over town. Fireworks will be set off from the North Gondola Lot. (weather permitting)
33rd Annual July Art Festival | July 2-4 The 34th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival is annually ranked one of the top art shows in the United States. Located at Main Street Station at the corner of Main Street and South Park Ave. For further information please visit www.mountainartfestivals.com. Admission is free.
Team Summit Pancake Breakfast | 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Kids Fishing Derby | 9:00am 11:00am No registration required. At Meadow Creek Park
Summit Concert Band | 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Frisco Historic Park Gazebo)
Kids Bike Decorating Contest | 11:45 a.m. A Frisco tradition and everyone is invited to join in the fun. After all, Frisco knows that everyone loves a parade and kids are no different. The bike parade showcases the creative, patriotic creations of kids as they display their tricked out rides and then take off down Main Street in the Frisco 4th of July parade. Kids are invited to bring their decorated bikes to the parking lot on the west side of Frisco Town Hall (1 Main Street) at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Main Street.
Fabulous Fourth of July Parade | 12:30 p.m. A 10 piece adult marching band and a C-130 Hercules flyover kickoff! (Main Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Ave.)
Maggie Koerner Concert | 1:30p.m.- 3:30 p.m. New Orleans based singer/songwriter. Frisco Historic Park Gazebo
Interactive Drum Circle with Peak Rhythms | 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Main Street from 3rd Ave. to 4th Ave.
Tulsa Oklahoma's Count Tutu | 7:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Eleven piece funk band at the Frisco Bay Marina
Fireworks over Dillon Reservoir | 9:30 p.m. The best viewing from the area around the Frisco Bay Marina
Independence Day Concert w/ The John Phillip Sousa Band of Colorado | 10 a.m.
July 4th at the Dillon Amphitheatre w / Paradise Theater Styx Tribute Band | 7 p.m.
Keystone has a massive family friendly schedule starting Friday, June 30th with offerings as diverse as strider bike races, rescue dog meetings, kite building workshops, science workshops and more. Way too much to list here, but be sure to check out:
And take note: Keystone will be shooting their fireworks on Monday July 3rd, at 9:30 pm. They are visible over Lakeside Village- so if you want to double up your firework viewing this year- now you know how!