Fourth of July in Summit County: Everything you need to know
Ryan Summerlin July 9, 2014
Firecracker 50 bike race, NRO concert in Breckenridge
The town of Breckenridge’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with the eighth-annual Independence Day 10K Trail Run at 7 a.m. and continues with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance’s annual Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum at 9 a.m. Tickets to the Garden Party include coffee, mimosas and breakfast, as well as the best view of Main Street for the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade.
The Firecracker 50 bike race leads the Fourth of July Parade down Main Street in front of thousands of spectators at 9:30 a.m. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. The official parade will start at 10 a.m. with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard, and following the parade, George Washington, played by C.J. Muller, will read the Declaration of Independence in the Blue River Plaza.
See the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales up close Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, check out the Budweiser Brew Tour, a free mobile brew tour that offers guests 21 and older a glimpse of the brewing process. Modeled after Budweiser’s brewery tour, this scaled intimate model offers consumers a step-by-step view of the 30-day brewing process. Brew masters lead this fully immersive experience by interacting with the actual ingredients, smelling aromas off the brew kettle, experiencing the cool aging cellars and tasting the finished product.
Kids can join the Red, White and Blue Fire Department’s annual Kids’ Water Fight on Main Street at 12:30 p.m. on the Fourth, or attend the 11th annual Arts District Celebration, with a sidewalk chalk art contest, artist demonstrations, make-and-take project for kids and art sales to benefit the Arts District.
For almost 20 years, the town of Breckenridge and the National Repertory Orchestra have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4 at the Riverwalk Center; this year’s concert starts at 8:30 p.m. In order to prevent numerous empty seats due to unused free tickets and in order to offer tickets online at a greater convenience to guests, the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets for $5, $10 and $15, with a limit of five tickets per order. Lawn seating will remain free — first come, first seated — and will not require a ticket.
Close out the day with free fireworks at 9:45 p.m., weather permitting. Fireworks will be shot off between Peaks 8 and 9 and will be visible from all over town.
Visit www.gobreck.com/events/fourth-july for more details.
Breckenridge’s Fourth of July schedule
7 a.m. — Independence Day 10K Trail Run, start at Carter Park; day-of registration is $35 for ages 19 and older and $25 for ages 18 and younger
9 a.m. — Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Fourth of July Garden Party, Barney Ford House Museum, day-of tickets are $75 for adults, $20 for children ages 6 to 12 and $10 for children 5 and younger
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Budweiser Clydesdales, Wellington Lot, free public viewings
9:30 a.m. — Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, starts on Main Street, free to spectate
10 a.m. — Main Street Parade, free to spectate
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Arts District Celebration, Fuqua Livery Stable, free
12:30-2:30 p.m. — Kids’ Water Fight, Main Street, free for kids to participate
12:30-3 p.m. — Viper “Show and Shine” car display, Main Street, free
1-6 p.m. — Budwesier Brew Tour, free
2 p.m. — Dumpstaphunk concert, Riverwalk Center, free
8:30 p.m. — National Repertory Orchestra: Fourth of July Patriotic Concert, Riverwalk Center, indoor reserved seat tickets are $5, $10 and $15; lawn tickets free
9:45 p.m. — Full, professional fireworks display (weather permitting), visible from anywhere in town, free
Join the circus at Copper Mountain’s 3 Ring Weekend
Copper’s 3 Ring Weekend returns with free music and adventures for the whole family this Independence Day weekend, Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4, check out Tumble Bubbles on the Pavilion Lawn and on West Lake, then stick around for Fridays at Copper. FAC tickets include admission to the following activities with every $40 shopping or dining purchase: zip line, bumper boats, climbing wall, mini golf and go-karts.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, kids are invited to decorate bikes, skateboards or roller skates for the Primp My Ride Kid-Powered Parade. Recycled and reused decorating supplies are provided, as the Copper Mountain Fire Department leads participants through Copper’s Center Village. A solar bubble tower, stilts and juggling workshops, hula-hoop making and more are available free of charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nickelodeon’s MAX takes the stage at 4 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza. MAX, or Max Schneider, stars in the new NBC drama “Crisis” and is set to appear in the upcoming Beach Boys biopic as Van Dyke Parks. His hit song “Mug Shot” just debuted in this spring’s movie release of “Veronica Mars.”
Also on Saturday, July 5, Woodward Copper kicks off the GoPro Rail Jam in Center Village. Registration is at 5 p.m. at the Woodward Copper Cage, and ski competition starts at 6 p.m., followed by snowboard at 7 p.m. This summer on-snow rail jam takes place in Woodward’s very own Pavilion Park, open to the public on Saturdays throughout the summer, as conditions allow. DJ Landry spins favorite tunes at 8 p.m., with fireworks and fire dancing to follow over West Lake at 9 p.m. Disney’s film “Brave” will close out the night in Burning Stones Plaza Outdoor Theater at 9:30 p.m.
Visit www.3ringweekend.com or www.coppercolorado.com for more details.
Copper’s 3 Ring Weekend schedule
Friday, July 4
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Tumble Bubbles and Fridays at Copper (FAC), Pavilion Lawn and West Lake
Saturday, July 5
10 a.m. — Kids’ Primp My Ride Decorating, West Lake, meet at Copper’s climbing wall, free
11 a.m. — Kid-Powered Parade led by the Copper Mountain Fire Department, Center Village, free
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Copper’s Conscious Carnival, with solar bubble tower, stilt workshops, Cosmic Fire Poi Spinning, juggling, giant mural, hula-hoop making, face painting, Center Village, free
4 p.m. — Max Schneider, Burning Stones Plaza, free
5 p.m. — GoPro Rail Jam, Pavilion Park, Center Village, free to spectate
8 p.m. — Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry, free
9 p.m. — Fireworks and Fire Dancing over West Lake, free
9:30 p.m. — Disney’s “Brave,” Burning Stones Plaza Outdoor Theater, free
Old Town Family Fun in Dillon for the Fourth
Dillon’s Old Town Family Fun Celebration will be bigger than ever this year. Enjoy homemade, handcrafted and freshly grown products at one of the best farmers markets in the High Country, with activities for the kids. Surrounding the Dillon Farmers Market will be an entirely free kids’ zone with bounce castles, giant slides and bungee-jumping units. The farmers market will also feature free live music from Trading Fours.
The National Repertory Orchestra celebrates our country’s freedom with its annual “Patriotic Salute” concert, a free performance at 10 a.m. at the Lake Dillon Amphitheater that features singers from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The program will include a selection of fun, patriotic favorites conducted by NRO music director Carl Topilow, including “The Star Spangled Banner,” John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare” from the 1984 summer games, “America the Beautiful,” “Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Forces Salute,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and more.
Following the NRO concert is the annual bike parade at noon. Children ages 8 and younger are invited to meet at Town Park, where free decorations will be provided to jazz up their bicycles before taking them for a journey around the park.
The final free music event of the day is a concert with ’80s cover band The Goonies at 7 p.m. This four-piece rock band will rip your shirts off with its guitar solos and unravel your sense of space and time. Reuniting in 1985, after escaping a kidnapping by a large Sasquatch, the young rock stars decided to travel through time and come light up the 21st century.
Dillon’s Fourth of July schedule
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Independence Day Farmers Market and Celebration, downtown Dillon and Dillon Town Park, free
10 a.m. — National Repertory Orchestra’s “Patriotic Salute,” led by Carl Topilow and featuring soloists from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Dillon Amphitheater, free
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Musical guest Trading Fours, Dillon Farmers Market, free
Noon — Bike parade, Town Park, free
7 p.m. — The Goonies, ’80s rock band, Dillon Amphitheater, free
9:30 p.m. — Frisco’s fireworks display over Dillon Reservoir with a simulcast of patriotic music on Krystal 93, 93.9 or on www.krystal93.com, visible from Dillon Amphitheater, free
Frisco goes all out with parade, music and fireworks
On Friday, July 4, Frisco offers a wealth of Independence Day celebrations. The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by Team Summit and will end with a fireworks display over Dillon Reservoir beginning at 9:30 p.m. It is recommended that guests park once and enjoy the day on foot, as everything is within walking distance. This is a pet friendly event.
“The best part of the Fourth is that the community clearly expresses their passion for this celebration, especially during the parade,” said Nora Gilbertson, Frisco events manager. “Chairs make their appearance along the parade route on Main Street early a.m., kids flock with their bikes to be in the parade, floats are decorated to the hilt, and people make a day of it. It is pure Americana at its most authentic and joyous expression, plain and simple — it’s good stuff.”
This year, Marie Zdechlik will lead Frisco’s Fourth of July parade as the official Grand Marshal. Zdechlik has resided in Frisco since 1958 and has many stories about Frisco’s early years, including one Fourth of July parade, which consisted solely of a newly married bride being pushed down Main Street in a wheelbarrow.
“I like a parade anytime,” Zdechlik when asked about how more recent parades measure up.
Frisco also invites kids to take a special spot in the parade and join in on the 14th annual bike parade. The bike parade is an opportunity for kids to display their creative and patriotic talents. Kids are asked to bring their decorated bikes to the parking lot on the west side of Town Hall at Main Street and Madison Avenue at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, July 4.
Kids 12 and younger are eligible for the bike-decorating contest and must be accompanied by their parents, who must register and sign a waiver for each participating child. After registering, kids will show off their bikes to a small panel of judges and then join the parade. A parent or an older child must accompany children 5 and younger during the whole parade. Every child must wear a helmet to participate. If parents are not accompanying their children during the parade, then they must be prepared to meet them at the end of the parade route at Main Street and Sixth Avenue.
When the fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m., the display viewing will be at the Frisco Bay Marina. The marina will have attendant-aided parking all day on the Fourth, with limited availability, so it is recommended that guests park elsewhere in town and walk to the marina. Disabled parking will be available, but egress will be restricted in consideration of pedestrian safety.
Throughout the day, adult beverages will be available for sale on Main Street and at the marina, benefitting Swan Center Outreach. Outside alcohol will not be permitted, and coolers will be checked. The town of Frisco would also like to remind all residents that while there are currently no additional bans on personal fireworks, town laws will be enforced. Frisco’s fireworks policy allows the use of sparklers and ground displays but no aerial fireworks. Contact the Frisco Police Department at (970) 668-3579 with any questions.
Main Street from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 4. For more information, contact the town of Frisco at (800) 424-1554 or go to www.frisco4th.com.
Frisco’s Fourth of July schedule
7:30-10:30 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, old community center at Third Avenue and Granite Street, $10 for adults and $6 for kids 8 and younger, benefits Team Summit.
9-11 a.m. — Kids’ fishing derby, Meadow Creek Park (behind Walmart) staffed by and benefitting the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited, free and open to children 12 and younger. Participants must bring their own rods and bait/flies, and registration is onsite on the morning of the event.
10-11 a.m. — Summit Concert Band, Frisco Historic Park, free
11 to noon — Timberline Toppers Square Dance Club Independence Day demonstration dance with caller Tom Roper from Omaha, Illinois, Frisco Historic Park Gazebo, free
12:30 p.m. — Fourth of July Parade, Main Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue, free
1-6 p.m. — Inaugural Summit High School rock-skipping contest and fundraiser at the
Frisco Bay Marina will challenge participants to purchase and use “approved rocks” to break balloons anchored on the surface of Dillon Reservoir to win prizes from local merchants and raise funds for the Summit High School choir and band trip to Spain and France.
1:30-3:30 p.m. – Buckner Funken Jazz concert, Main Street in front of the Historic Park, free
3:30-5 p.m. — Interactive drum circle with Peak Rhythms, Main Street, free
7:15-9:15 p.m. — Ernest Washington Funk Band concert, Frisco Bay Marina, free
9:30 p.m. — Frisco’s fireworks display over Dillon Reservoir with a simulcast of patriotic music on Krystal 93, 93.9 or on www.krystal93.com, free
Fishing derby, bike parade and fireworks in Keystone
Keystone’s Fourth of July celebration starts at 8 a.m. with a free fishing derby for children 12 and younger. The entire family can cheer and enjoy a morning on the lake, with raffle prizes, a barbecue and live music following the event. Be sure to bring your own fishing gear and tackle, since this is not supplied for you.
After the fishing derby, River Run will be celebrating our nation’s birthday with flare. Bring your bike, tricycle or wagon, and join Keystone for its popular annual bike parade. The bike decoration party starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., and then line up for the bike parade at 11 a.m. Children will receive one free decoration bag per child for their bikes and must be present to receive the decorations. Parents are invited to join the fun and encouraged to bring their own decorations.
An a la carte barbecue at the Edgewater Grill will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with live music from Funkiphino, or take the River Run Gondola to the top of Dercum Peak for free any time between 1 and 7 p.m. for Keystone’s Friday Afternoon Club. Head to the Summit House to enjoy an evening of live music, drink and food specials and activities including horseshoes, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball and more. All activities are free and can be checked out through the Overlook Grill. Gondola tickets are available at the River Run Ticket Office.
Top of your Fourth of July at Keystone with a free fireworks show; the show begins at 9 p.m. and is visible from Lakeside Village.
Visit the event calendar at www.keystoneresort.com for more details.
Keystone’s Fourth of July schedule
8-9:30 a.m. — Fishing derby, Lakeside Village, Keystone, free
10:30 a.m. — Children’s Bike Parade decorating, River Run Village, Keystone, free
11 a.m. — Children’s Bike Parade, River Run Village, Keystone, free
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Edgewater Grill Barbecue, Lakeside Village, Keystone, pricing is a la carte
1-7 p.m. — Friday Afternoon Club, top of Dercum Peak, free
7-9 p.m. — Live Music with Funkiphino, Lakeside Village, free
9 p.m. — Fireworks, Lakeside Village, Keystone, free
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