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Summit fires up a spectacular Fourth

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

Summit County may just be the best place in the nation to celebrate the Fourth of July. How can you beat a county full of parades, art festivals and music, combined with amazing fireworks illuminating snow-covered peaks and the waters of Dillon Reservoir?Here’s a lineup of what’s happening throughout the county:

FRISCO fires up the Fourth with a kids’ fishing derby, a parade, concerts and fireworks over Frisco Bay Marina.9 a.m. kids’ fishing derby for kids up to 12 years old. Bring your own pole and bait. Meadow Creek Park, behind Wal-Mart10 a.m. kids 12 and younger decorate their bikes with crepe paper, banners, flowers and more for a contest. Kids must wear a helmet to join the parade. Summit Daily parking lot (Madison and Main Street).10-11 a.m. Summit Concert Band at Frisco Historic Park11 a.m. to noon Timberline Toppers (square dancing) at Frisco Historic Park12:30 p.m. Parade on Main Street1:30-3:30 p.m. The Woodies at Historic Park Gazebo7-9 p.m. Dave Mason (rock, blues) at Frisco Bay Marina. Mason is a Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of famer and the co-founder of rock group Traffic.9:30 p.m. Fireworks, best viewed from Frisco Bay Marina. Simulcast on Krystal 93.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Green Art Festival (Saturday and Sunday). National and local artists present environmentally friendly art at Third and Main Street.4-9 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday: Extreme Ink Carnival at Summit Boulevard and Marina Road.If you’re planning to launch a boat on the Fourth, here are some guidelines: Dillon Marina is open for public launching and take out from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and staff will conduct a zebra mussel inspection prior to allowing boats in the water.At the Frisco Bay Marina, all parking areas will close to incoming traffic at 2 p.m., and no vehicles will be allowed to exit the marina parking areas between 6 p.m. and the time all pedestrian traffic has dissipated (approximately 10:45 p.m.). The boat ramp will be closed for launch and take out during the day and during the fireworks. The ramp will open from 10:30 p.m. to midnight for people to remove boats from the lake. Mooring Shuttles will be available from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and will resume after the fireworks.

BRECKENRIDGE is the first town out of the gate to celebrate the Fourth. It begins festivities with a trail race, then continues with a garden party brunch, bike race, kids’ games and rides, a parade, free jazz, choir and orchestral music and, of course, fireworks.8 a.m. Breckenridge Recreation Department’s Independence Day 10k trail race at Carter Park.10 a.m. Kids’ concessions and amusements in the Blue River Plaza10 a.m. Garden party brunch on the historic Barney Ford House Museum lawn (reservations required)10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July Art Festival (Saturday and Sunday)11 a.m. Parade on Main Street11 a.m. Firecracker 50 Bike Race (begins on Main Street and climbs 12,000 vertical feet)2 p.m. Internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell, followed by always energetic, spontaneous contemporary jazz band, Dotsero at the Riverwalk Center4:30 p.m. The 50-voice a cappella folk choir, Jubilate! Sacred Singers at the Riverwalk Center8:30 p.m. National Repertory Orchestra at the Riverwalk Center9:30 p.m. Fireworks immediately following the concert with KSMT (102.1 FM) providing patriotic musical accompaniment.Note: Mine tours, historic walking tours and Iowa Hill tour will be closed Saturday. Edwin Carter Museum and Barney Ford Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DILLON is getting a jump on Fourth of July; it revs up the U.S. Air Force Academy Band at 7:30 p.m. today at the Dillon Amphitheatre, followed by fireworks over the lake (see related story).Here’s a lineup of Saturday’s events:1o a.m. National Repertory Orchestra at the Dillon Amphitheatre9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lakeside market featuring Dillon Farmers Market and town of Dillon merchants2 p.m. boat parade on Lake Dillon (best seats are at the Marina Park, near Crow’s Nest)3 p.m. Kids’ bike parade and old-fashioned activities at Town Park, including turtle races, bocce tournament, apple pie eating contest, watermelon eating contest and a rockin’ oldies show by Doo Wop Denny3-6 p.m. Jim Salestrom at the Dillon Amphitheatre7 p.m. Lannie Garrett & her Swingin’ Big Band at the Dillon Amphitheatre9:30 p.m. Fireworks display over Frisco Bay (can be seen well from amphitheatre area)

KEYSTONE cracks out a sizzlin’ Fourth with a kids’ fishing derby, bike parade, music and fireworks over Keystone Lake.8:30-9:30 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) Kids’ fishing derby at Keystone Lake10:30-11 a.m. Bike decorating party11-11:30 a.m. Annual Keystone bike parade10 a.m. to 1 p.m. music 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. food and beverage vendors, bounce houses, crafts and more11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frontier Fair: Enjoy gold panning, a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, a face painter, a balloon artist, midway games, western dancers, bounce houses and much more.9 p.m. Fireworks over Keystone Lake

COPPER MOUNTAIN has a circus full of events with its 3 Ring Weekend. Today DJs Markonius and Scotty Soltronic host a recycled rags street party, where guests should come dressed in their best thrift store fashions from 6-8 p.m. Fireworks sparkle at 9:55 p.m. tonight over West Lake in the Village, accompanied by fire dancing. Here’s the lineup for the rest of the weekend:Saturday10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Conscious Carnival, Giant Mural and Reuse, Recycle, Rummage Sale 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Animal Puppet Parade, Solar Bubble Tower, Green Minstrel Puppet Show, Cosmic Fire Poi Spinning, Juggling Instruction and Ball Making Workshop4 p.m. Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Band. Free Live Music: Burning Stones Plaza Solar Stage 6 p.m. Recycled Rags Street Party with DJs Markonius and Scotty Soltronic in Burning Stones Plaza – Come dressed in your best thrift store fashions Sunday10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Conscious Carnival, Giant Mural and Reuse, Recycle, Rummage Sale 10-11 a.m. Kids’ Primp My Ride Decorating at West Lake. Decorate your bike, skateboard or roller skates with recycled and reused decorating supplies for the Primp My Ride Parade11 a.m. Primp My Ride Kid-Powered Parade led by Giant Puppets through the Village at Copper11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Green Minstrel Puppet Show and Performance, Cosmic Fire Poi Spinning, Juggling Instruction and Ball Making Workshop1 p.m. Free Family Concert with the National Repertory Orchestra, performing Prokofiev’s classic children’s symphony “Peter and the Wolf,” followed by a musical instrument ‘petting zoo’ with the orchestra.

SILVERTHORNE will close its recreation center Saturday, and the Silverthorne Pine Beetle Slash Site will also be closed. For questions regarding the slash site, call (970) 262-7340. The Town of Silverthorne would like to remind residents and guests that fireworks are illegal in Silverthorne.

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