Fourth of July celebrations include bikes, boats, blues and more |

Fourth of July celebrations include bikes, boats, blues and more

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COUNTY – Fireworks aren’t necessary in Summit County for a colorful Independence Day.

Locals and guests have a myriad activities to choose from, including a pancake breakfast, a bike tour and a race, several parades, contests, and a variety of concerts – blues, jazz, pop and more.


– Festivities kick off with the starting gun in Breckenridge Thursday, as cyclists racing in the second annual Firecracker 50 mountain bike race lead the town’s parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.

– There also is a free children’s theater at 11 a.m., in the main plaza of Main Street Station at the south end of town.

– The Red, White and Blue Volunteer Fire Department will host a barbecue and games following the parade.

– Al DiMeola and his band play jazz with a Latin flair at a free concert at the Riverwalk Center, 2 p.m.

– Over at North Main Street (the Wellington and Sawmill lots), the 19th annual Breckenridge July Art Festival features more than 100 artists and craftsmen from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

– Then celebrate the holiday at the free Patriotic Pops concert at 8:30 p.m. in the Riverwalk Center with the National Repertory Orchestra.

For more information about Breckenridge’s Fourth of July activities, call (970) 453-6018.


Frisco’s Fantastic Fourth of July celebration begins with pancakes and ends with the blues.

– The Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Volunteers will host a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., at the fire station on 8th Avenue.

– From there, parents can take their kids to the fishing derby at Meadow Creek Park, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. There will be in-line skating on Main Street between Fourth and Madison avenues from 10 a.m. until noon.

– Arts and crafts lovers should plan to attend the town’s arts and crafts fair at the Frisco Historic Park, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

– Food and beverage booths on Main Street open at 11 a.m. and the day’s main festivities begin with the Harmony Emporium barbershop quartet, which will perform at the Historic Park gazebo from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

– At 11:30 a.m., kids competing in the town’s Kids Bike Decorating Contest should roll their two-wheeled creations to the Summit Daily parking lot. Contestants will ride as a group in the parade (kids must wear helmets.)

– Frisco’s parade begins at 12:30. This year’s theme is “Salute to our Heroes,” honoring those who have served the country in the military, police or fire departments. Local and out-of-town, retired and active military, police and firefighters are invited to march as a group in the parade and be recognized in a special ceremony at the Frisco Historic park gazebo after the parade.

– The afternoon is filled with entertainment, including the Funkiphino band, Nancy Cook and Sal Mancini, and the Jim Salestrom band – all will play at the Historic park beginning at 1:30 p.m.

– At 7 p.m., The Timberline Toppers will host square dancing at Frisco Elementary School.

– Also at 7 p.m., on Main Street, the town will host the Roaring Fork Review Tribute to Muddy Waters – a group featuring Waters’ son and several of his sidemen.

Please note: Frisco’s Main Street will be closed for the parade from 6 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. from Madison to 7th Avenue. After the parade, the street will reopen from 7th up to 2nd avenues. The two blocks between Madison and 2nd avenues will remain closed until 11 p.m. for free concerts and food and beverage booths on Main Street.

For more information on Frisco’s Fantastic Fourth, call (970) 668-5276 x3076 or log onto


– Dillon’s parade begins at 2 p.m., winds through the town and ends at the amphitheatre with ice cream, giveaways and an awards ceremony. From there, head to the water for the county’s one and only boat parade at the Dillon Marina around 3 p.m.

– At 6:30 p.m., the town is hosting a free concert at the amphitheatre with Ron Ivory and the Miles Apart Band.

For more information, contact the Dillon Town Hall at (970) 468-2403.


– Resort officials say their Fourth is geared for families, and, accordingly, they begin Independence Day with a children’s bike parade in River Run Village. Kids can gather to decorate their bike at 8:30 a.m. and then ride to Decatur Field in Keystone Village at 9:30 a.m.

– Keystone has planned two free concerts – the National Repertory Orchestra 4th of July concert at 10 a.m., followed by the 17th Avenue All-Stars at 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. Both concerts will be held in Decatur Field. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs.

– Kids will find no lack of activities. The Children’s Theater will present two shows of “Jack and the Beanstalk”, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There also is a Kidz Zone at Decatur Field, with activities including balloon animals, face painting and arts and crafts.

For more information on Keystone activities, call (970) 496-4FUN.

Copper Mountain

– Make your plans now, because reservations are required for Copper’s Bike Tour, which begins at 9 a.m. Participants cruise through a giant inflatable course in the Burning Stones Plaza.

There will be a variety of games, face painting, barbecues and live music throughout the day at Copper, as well as “learn to ride” clinics, big air demos and an on-mountain race while Liza and the Soul Stars give a free performance at noon, in the Burning Stones Plaza.

For more information, call (800) 458-8386 x4INFO.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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