Fourth of July roundup |

Fourth of July roundup

Summit County is always a popular place for Front Rangers looking to escape the heat and soak up some mountain fun on the Fourth, and this year is no exception.

Regular activities and special events blend into a spectacular line-up countywide – and beyond. The following rounds up most of the highlights, town by town.

The Seventh Annual Arts District Celebration takes place today through Sunday until 4 p.m. with open studios, artist demonstrations and make-and-take projects for kids. For more information and to sign up for sidewalk chalk art at the Fuqua Livery Stable (110 E. Washington Ave.), call (970) 453-3364.

Saturday, at 5 p.m., check out the barbecue at the Barney Ford Museum. Ten bucks will get you a burger, brats and beer. For more information, visit That night, the National Repertory Orchestra performs one of its most popular shows, featuring music from Hollywood films, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Breckenridge starts out running with the 10K trail race, beginning at 7 a.m. at Carter Park. At 9 a.m., gather at Barney Ford House Museum for a garden party (and a great place to watch the parade at 10 a.m.) until noon.

At 2 p.m., Big Bad Voodoo Daddy pins down a free concert at Riverwalk Center, and the NRO plays a free patriotic show at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks, which people easily can view from downtown.

Throughout the weekend, the Backstage Theatre gets a little whimsical with its production of “Peter Pan.” All of Breckenridge’s museums and walking tours also are open during the three-day holiday.

A natural way to start off your Fourth of July weekend in Dillon involves heading to the Farmers Market on Buffalo Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. From 1-4 p.m. today and Saturday, the Dillon School House Museum opens on LaBonte Street, showcasing schoolhouse and other artifacts.

Starting at 4 p.m. today, Dillon salutes soldiers in a free evening of tribute, first with words, then with music. For more than 50 years, the United States Air Force Academy Band has been using the power of music to inspire Air Force personnel and the nation, and to produce innovative musical programs around the globe. Based in Colorado Springs, the musical group is also used to recruit for both the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Academy, and it tours war zones.

Dillon’s “Never Forget: An Evening of Tribute” concert is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. with the Air Force Academy Band Falconaires jazz ensemble, and it will be followed by the full concert band around 8 p.m. Master Sgt. Claudia Weir, the band’s spokesperson and a bass clarinetist, said the band will play patriotic music right up to the fireworks, which are currently set to go off at 9:40 p.m.

From 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Hot Lunch serves up folk, rock, blues, jazz and country in the form of a free acoustic quartet show at the Dillon Amphitheatre.

Sunday at 10 a.m., the NRO provides a free patriotic concert at the Dillon Amphitheatre, followed by old-fashioned Fourth of July events starting at noon at Town Park with music by DooWop Denny, a children’s bike parade, a BOCCE tournament, pie eating contests, watermelon eating contests and more, followed by Dillon’s boat parade on the shores of Lake Dillon at 3 p.m.

Lake Dillon Theatre presents “Hair” and “Rent” this weekend.

(Caitlin Row contributed to this Dillon roundup.)

Believe it or not, Keystone’s snow tubing is still going strong on top of the mountain, and it’s the perfect way to incorporate red, white and blue into the holiday weekend – what, with the red and blue tubes that careen down slick strips of snow.

This morning, a rocking rendition of “Rapunzel” breezes into the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre (see related story).

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Keystone holds a free fishing derby for kids 13 and younger. From 11 a.m. to noon, Keystone’s regular River Run KidzFest offers gold panning, a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painting, midway games and much more at River Run Village.

From 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Keystone hosts its River Run Block Party and Bike Parade. Bring your bike, tricycle or wagon; Keystone provides the decorations. The free parade rolls at 10 a.m.

Frisco’s going red, white, blue and “green” with its Green Art Festival all day, Saturday and Sunday. Each artist will display an environmentally friendly “green” piece of art at 3rd Avenue in Frisco. The eclectic art represents more than $15 million in work. The town hopes the “green” artwork inspires environmentally friendly practices to benefit not only the community, but also the ecosystem.

“In spite of today’s economy people are still investing in art because art heals, art soothes; this is art that is handmade in America,” said show promoter Howard Alan.

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, celebrate Frisco’s Founder’s Day at the Frisco Historic Park. The festivities include ice cream and drinks, donkey rides, face painting, gold panning and sidewalk chalk art, as well as entertainment. At noon, Summit Concert Band performs, followed by The Legendary Ladies from 1:15-1:45 p.m. (and 3-3:45 p.m.), a free concert by the NRO from 2-2:45 p.m., kids’ bike decorating from 3-6 p.m. and barbershop quartet songs from Deja Vu at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Frisco pulls out the stops all day, beginning with a kids’ fishing derby from 9-11 a.m. at Meadow Creek Park (kids bring their own poles). Live entertainment strikes Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon, then the parade stretches along Main from Madison to 6th Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. Live music fills the park and marina from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., respectively.

At 9:30 p.m., fireworks light up Dillon Reservoir. The best views in Frisco can be had from the Frisco Bay Marina.

Main Street restaurants and shops will be jumping too. Some of the standouts: Ollie’s hosts a barbecue Saturday and brings in the Juke Box Heroes (named so because they play favorites) right after the fireworks Sunday night. Or check out Upstairs at Jonny G’s after the fireworks, featuring live music by Harmonious Junk.

See related story on Copper’s 3-Ring Weekend, perfect for active parents and kids.

Fairplay’s making a day of the Fourth, with gold panning, watermelon eating contests, sack races, shopping and more.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, jump over to the bounce castles or check out the sidewalk sales, and get ready for the old-fashioned parade, which starts at 3 p.m. and includes the Reynolds gang and their Wild West show. Fireworks take off around 9 p.m., and Fairplay boasts that its sky spectacular “easily rivals those of much larger towns.”

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