Fourth of July festivities illuminate Summit County |

Fourth of July festivities illuminate Summit County

Kimberly Nicoletti

SUMMIT COUNTY -Fireworks may be canceled, but this year’s sense of patriotism runs strong throughout the county.Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Copper Mountain Resort offer a full day of music, games and festivities Thursday. Parades are timed so participants can attend each one, beginning at 11 a.m. in Breckenridge, marching to Frisco at 12:30 p.m. and winding up in Dillon at 2 p.m.–BreckenridgeBreckenridge strikes up its celebration with the Main Street parade, led by the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, and doesn’t end until the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) plays “Stars and Stripes Forever” under the stars. A barbecue and games will follow the parade.Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, a blazing jazz fusion band, performs a free concert at 2 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. The band blends guitar, percussion, saxophone and piano in a contemporary sound with a Latin flair. Di Meola performed with Grammy Award winning No Mystery and Romantic Warrior until he launched his solo career in 1976. Since then, his solo albums “Infinite Desire” and “Grande Passion” have sold more than six million copies.The NRO lights up the stage at 8:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center for a free patriotic salute to America. Pieces include: “Star Spangled Banner,” “American Salute,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “Sing Out America.”—FriscoThe Lake Dillon Fire Rescue volunteers begin the day with a hearty pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the 8th Street Fire Station. From 9-11 a.m., kids can grab their fishing poles and try their luck at a fishing derby at Meadow Creek Park. From 10 a.m.-noon, lace up those inline skates and stroke down Main Street. At 11:30 a.m., the best decorated kid’s bike wins at the Summit Daily parking lot, and every kid is invited to join the parade at 12:30 p.m.While kids congregate with their bikes, adults can enjoy the four-part harmonies of the barbershop quartet Harmony Emporium at Ches’ Place in the Frisco Historic Park gazebo. Arts and crafts lovers can stroll through the arts and crafts fair at the historical park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Frisco’s parade will salute America’s heroes in a special event to honor retired and active military, police officers and firefighters. The heroes will begin the parade, and the public is invited to join them for a special ceremony at 1:45 p.m. at Ches’ Place. All local heroes and visitors are welcome.”We want to recognize a lot of people who served,” community relations director Linda Lichtendahl said. “Our parade is a real hometown, family oriented parade.”After the salute to heroes, the nine-piece Funkiphino Band travels back to the 1970s with its funk and disco tunes, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Then Nancy Cook and Sal Mancini perform their unique acoustic blend from 3:30-5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Jim Salestrom sings original tunes inspired by the residents and sights of Summit County. Then the Timberline Toppers invite dancers to swing their partners ’round and ’round at a mainstream square dance at Frisco Elementary.—DillonClassic cars, fire trucks, decorated bicycles and a marching band blast through the town of Dillon at 2 p.m. followed by free ice cream for kids and awards for the best animal, nonprofit, business and car.At 3:30 p.m. boats decked out in their best patriotic decor sail and ride along the edge of the water near the Dillon Marina. Winners receive a trophy.Ron Ivory and the Miles Apart Band rock the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m. with a funky performance so intense it compels people to dance. Sensuous grooves and intoxicating rhythms support David Summers Jr.’s and Linda Spruell’s lead vocals while sax player Gino DiQuinzlo lays down gospel, soul, rock and jazz licks.—KeystoneKids can prepare for the 9:30 a.m. parade from River Run Village to Decatur Field by bringing their bikes to the fire pit at River Run at 8:30 a.m. to decorate them.The NRO performs favorites including “Suite from Harry Potter,” “Themes from ET” and “1812 Overture,” as well as patriotic tunes on Decatur Field. Then the 17th Avenue All Stars, an a cappella group that breaks out the sounds of Motown, play from 12:30-3 p.m.The children’s classic “Under the Bean Stalk” begins at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. at the Family Fun Park in Keystone Village, next to the lake. Cost is $5, free for children younger than 5. Complete the day with a visit to the Kidz Zone at Decatur Field. Activities include balloon animals, inflatable games, face painting, mural painting and crafts.—Copper MountainBicyclists don’t have to decorate their bikes for this ride – the Copper Mountain Village Bike Tour begins at 9 a.m., and reservations are required. The Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course in the Burning Stones Plaza challenges participants to cruise through a giant inflatable course.Carnival games and prizes are set up throughout the village, and kids can play in the inflatable Moonbounce. Between games, kids can make patriotic art at the Independence Day Creation Station on Main Street or interact with magicians, gorillas and face painters.Liza & The Soul Stars enchants the audience from noon-3 p.m. with her ethereal voice and deep lyrics. Her soulful melodies and sultry sounds entice crowds to move to her music.

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