Happy Birthday, America! What better way to celebrate the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave than a weekend in the mountains? From fireworks on Lake Tahoe to trail runs, parades, concerts, block parties, and BBQs, the mountains are offering up some of the best Independence Day activities in Colorado and Tahoe. Here are our top picks guaranteed to make your 4th of July something spectacular.
As always the Town of Breckenridge will be full of activities to celebrate the 4th. Kick your Independence Day off bright and early with the Independence Day 10k Trail Run starting at 7 a.m. Register here. If mountain biking is more your style, try the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race which launches the Breck 4th of July Parade and covers 50 miles of Beautiful Breckenridge area trails. To register for the race visit www.mavsports.com.
For those of you looking to kick back and enjoy a fun and relaxing day, check out the Main Street Parade, starting at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by the 4th of July Air show Over Breckenridge, then dance away the afternoon enjoying the FREE Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert at the Riverwalk Center beginning at 2 p.m.
Keystone is the place to be for family fun this 4th of July with a full day of events for everyone. Kids can enjoy the Free Fishing Derby and Bike Parade and if you are looking to party on into the night, boogie on down to the block party.
Escape the heat and celebrate America’s birthday in the Vail with your family and friends. Enjoy a day of food, fun and music in Vail Village or head over to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Bravo! America the Beautiful- Patriotic Concert.
Get outdoors and celebrate with a hike, bike ride or other mountain activity before heading to the Beaver Creek back lawn for a night filled with fun, food and outdoor concerts to keep the family entertained. Concert gates open at 5:00 p.m. and music starts at 6:00 p.m., Beaver Creek is the place to be for a booming Independence Day.
Lounge on Lake Tahoe and enjoy some of the best summer activities the south shore has to offer. As night falls head back to the water for the Lights on the Lake Fireworks, rated Top 5 displays in the nation by The American Pyrotechnics Association. This is truly a show you won’t want to miss!
If you are looking for an alternative to the beaches of Lake Tahoe head to the Village at Northstar for roller skating, Bungy Trampoline fun, pottery painting, candle making and more! Then corral the kids and dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters before the Independence Day Kid’s Bike Parade at 2:30 p.m.
Want to keep the good times rolling for a good cause? Extend your celebration of all things red, white and blue at Kirkwood with the Annual Kirkwood Volunteer Fireman’s Barbecue on the afternoon of July 7. The Fireman’s BBQ which benefits Kirkwood’s all-volunteer fire department includes a beer and wine tasting. The Kids’ Bike Parade takes place July 8 starting with bike decorating at 11 a.m. at the tennis courts. Parade through the cone zone and finish your extended Independence Day weekend with free ice cream following the parade.
*4th of July Fireworks have been cancelled due to very high fire danger in Summit and Eagle Counties and around the state of Colorado.