A Summit County guide to fireworks and free music on Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence Day with lively entertainment, free activities and family fun. Breck’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race, leading the vibrant Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival, live music, kids’ activities, concerts and more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 3
• Wynonna & The Big Noise
7:30pm (doors at 7 p.m.); Riverwalk Center
Five-time Grammy winner, Wynonna Judd has sold over 30 million albums with her rich and commanding voice. She was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Tickets: $65 – $95 at tickets.breckcreate.org
Monday, July 4
Fireworks show will now begin at 9:45 p.m. They will be shot off from the Gondola Lot and will be visible from all over town.
• Independence Day 10K Trail Run
7 a.m.; Carter Park
This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. Register at http://www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call (970) 453-1734.
• The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race
9:30 a.m.; Main Street
This mountain bike race launches the Fourth of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. Register early as this race fills up very quickly. For more information go to mavsports.com.
• Fourth of July Garden Party
9 a.m.; Barney Ford House Museum
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. 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
10 a.m.; Main Street
The official parade will start at 10 a.m. with the Red, White & Blue Color Guard. Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will start the parade at 9:30 a.m. and it will take 800+ riders 1/2 hour to get down Main Streets in waves. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Mueller).
• Pony Rides
12:30–2:30 p.m.; Main Street
Far View Horse Rescue will be doing pony rides. The rides are free, and they will have a donation jar out.
• Kids’ Water Fight
1–3 p.m.; Main Street
Kids can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Department in an old time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate.
• Street Arts Festival
July 2-4; Arts District
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.
• Dirty Dozen Brass
Band; Free; 2 p.m.; Riverwalk Center
Come see the band described as the “world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.” They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents.
• National Repertory Orchestra
8 p.m.; Riverwalk Center
For almost 20 years, the town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July Fourth at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. In order to prevent numerous empty seats due to unused free tickets and in order to offer tickets online at a greater convenience to all of our guests, the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets.
• Fireworks (weather permitting)
9:45 p.m.; Visible throughout town
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.
• 33rd Annual July Art Festival
The 33rd 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 Avenue. For further information please visit mountainartfestivals.com. Admission is free.
Monday, July 4
• National Repertory Orchestra
10 a.m.; Dillon Amphitheatre
For more than 50 years, the National Repertory Orchestra has played an important role in preparing young musicians for careers in the orchestra world, while delivering outstanding musical performances for residents and visitors in Summit County. Today, the NRO has achieved unparalleled success and is at the forefront of the nation’s summer music festivals.
• United States Air Force Academy Concert Band
7 p.m. ; Dillon Amphitheatre
The United States Air Force Academy Concert Band proudly represents the Air Force Academy, the leading institution for education, training, and inspiring men and women to become officers of character. The Concert Band is composed of 40 active-duty Air Force professionals and is one of nine Academy Band ensembles.
FRISCO & COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Saturday, July 2
• Family Adventure Quest
9 a.m. to noon; Copper Mountain
Presented by the Toyota Kids Adventure Games™ (Kids A.G.), Family Adventure Quest will offer families a chance to experience an adventure course like no other with mud pits, slacklines, cargo nets, trekking, biking and a variety of other unique challenges in the Village at Copper and on Copper Mountain. Teams in the competitive category will consist of two challengers, one adult/teen and one child, who will tackle the course while they work together on building confidence, teamwork, communication and fun. During the Fun Run, families can compete in teams of four maximum and not all participants need to do all of the obstacles. Cost is $150 per team based on a minimum of two competitors. Pre-registration is required at kidsadventuregames.com.
Fireworks will be shot off over West Lake in Copper’s Center Village; 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3
• Frisco Founder’s Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Frisco Historic Park & Museum
Frisco Founder’s Day is a great chance to experience Frisco’s heritage at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum and to celebrate Frisco’s history. This event features simulated gold panning, burro rides, refreshments and live music and entertainment in the gazebo.
• Three Dog Night
1 p.m.; Copper Mountain
Three Dog Night will be playing a free concert at Copper Mountain.
Monday, July 4
• Team Summit Pancake Breakfast
7– 11 a.m.; old Community Center at 110 3rd Ave., Frisco.
• Kids Fishing Derby
9–11 a.m.; Frisco’s Meadow Creek Park (behind Walmart)
Kids Fishing Derby is staffed by and benefiting the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited. This free event is open to children 15 years old and younger. Participants must bring their own rods, bait/flies and an enthusiasm for catching the biggest fish. Registration is only available on-site on the morning of the event.
• Summit Concert Band
10–11 a.m.; Frisco Historic Park Gazebo
• Fabulous Fourth of July Parade
12:30 p.m.; Main Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Ave.
This year Deaflympics medalist, Lauren Weibert, will lead off the parade as the official Grand Marshal of the 2015 Frisco Fourth of July parade. Weibert won gold (slopestyle) and silver (boardercross) medals in snowboarding at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk, a city in Siberia. Also, she is often found slinging coffee at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters in Frisco.
Frisco also invites kids to take a special spot in the parade and join in on the 16th annual bike parade. This is an opportunity for kids to display their creativity and patriotism. 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 July 4. Kids 12 and under 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. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by a parent or an older child 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 6th Avenue.
Free Page 6ix concert; 1:30–3:30 p.m.; Main Street
Free concert in front of the Historic Park. Page 6ix is one of the premier funk, soul and R&B bands in the Western U.S. Featuring six musicians who have toured the world to play marquee festival slots in support of renowned artists from every genre, Page 6ix will cover everything from Beyonce to John Legend and from Pharrell to Chris Botti with stunning vocals and stellar chops.
• Interactive drum circle
3:30–5 p.m.; Main Street from 3rd Ave. to 4th Ave.
Some free drumming fun while Main Street is closed for the celebrations.
• Eric Lindell Band
7:15–9:15pm; Frisco Bay Marina
Eric Lindell is an American singer-songwriter, who began his recording career in 1996 as a local/regional New Orleans-based artist. Beginning in 2006, when he was picked up by Alligator Records, he has toured nationally and internationally. Lindell’s musical style borrows from 1970s blues-rock, soul and R&B.
9:30 p.m.; Over Dillon Reservoir
Fireworks over Dillon Reservoir with the best viewing from the area around the Frisco Bay Marina with a simulcast of patriotic music on Krystal 93 – 93.9 or on krystal93.com.
Keystone Resort offers families the ideal location to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a weekend of adventurous activities highlighted by an Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3. Throughout the holiday weekend, guests can enjoy summer snow tubing, downhill mountain biking, golfing, guided hiking, free family programs, lake activities and more.
Sunday, July 3
Keystone’s Independence Day celebration will offer a day of outdoor festivities and family fun for all ages. The day’s activities will be centered in Keystone’s Lakeside Village, featuring an outdoor barbeque, a stand-up paddleboard obstacle course race on the five acre Keystone Lake, a petting zoo, pony rides, spin art, tie-dye t-shirt making, face painting, balloon animals and more. Many activities are free for the family. The celebration takes place in Lakeside Village beginning at noon and culminates with a spectacular fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m.
• Fishing Derby
8-9:30 a.m.; Keystone Lake
Enjoy a morning spent at the Keystone Lake with a free fishing derby the entire family can enjoy.
• Strider Bike Race
9-11 a.m.; River Run Village
Keystone’s Kidtopia Strider Balance Bike Series is a free race series designed for children ages 2-5 years old. The race takes place from 10-11 a.m. in River Run Village, with registration occurring from 9-10 a.m. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers.
• Free Kidtopia Activities
Noon to 6 p.m.; Lakeside Village
Keystone’s signature Kidtopia, offering free daily programming all summer, presents a special lineup exclusive for the Independence Day celebration. Free throughout the day in Lakeside Village, families can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, popcorn and snow cones.
• Lakeside Village Independence Day celebration
Noon to 9:30 p.m.
An outdoor barbecue and bar will be available throughout the day, featuring classic American fare and signature adult beverages. Boat and bicycle rentals will be available at Keystone’s Adventure Center, including stand-up paddleboards. A one-day only SUP obstacle course race will take place on the Keystone Lake.
• Live music
Noon to 9 p.m.; Lakeside Village
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lakeside Village with live music throughout the afternoon. Caribou Mountain Collective, a quartet from Nederland, Colorado, kicks things off at noon with their original lyrics and instrumental Americana compositions. The Blackdog Band Trio will take the stage from 3-5 p.m., featuring an acoustic blend of blues, funk and jazz. Headlining the day will be Wash Park, a 13-piece, hard-hitting, high-energy dance and funk band set to take the stage at 7 p.m. for a two-hour set.
• Fireworks Display
9:30 p.m.; Lakeside Village
Celebrate America’s independence with a free fireworks show at Keystone’s Lakeside Village, the only July 3 fireworks show in Summit County.
Wednesday, July 6
Leon Littlebird and Len Rhodes perform “Circle of Dreams”; Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.; Silverthorne Pavilion
Enjoy an evening of Native Colorado music and storytelling performed on guitar, Native American flutes, voice and piano. History will come to life as you are drawn into each story through music. Cash bar, bring your own snacks and munchies. For more information, visit silverthorne.org.
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