Maybe we are biased, but there may not be a better place in the entire country than Breckenridge in which to celebrate The 4th of July. The crisp mountain air, the dramatic mountain backdrop, the “perfect” Main Street all come together to create an unforgettable experience. Breckenridge is quintessential Colorado, and our Independence Day celebration should not be missed! We have the inside scoop on what to do and, of course, where to stay.
Independence Day Celebration Schedule:
(information from GoBreck)
7:00 a.m: Independence Day 10K Trail Run
This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. This race is limited to 400 people and usually sells out in June! Start and finish at Carter Park.
9:30am Start: The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race
This mountain bike race launches the Breckenridge 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. Race will take place on Main Street starting at 9:30am.
9:00am: Breckenridge 4th of July Garden Party
Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast spread as you watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Cost Advance ticket prices – Adults $50 ($75 day of), Children 12-6 $30 and Children 5 & under $10. Call 970.453.9767 x 2 for more information.
10:00am-around 12:00pm: Main Street Parade
The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard. Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am & it will take 800+ riders ½ hour to get down Main Streets in waves. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Muller) – Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.
12:00pm – 3:00pm: Prowlers Show and Shine
The Prowler Car Show and Shine on Adams Ave following the parade.
12:30pm-2:30pm: Drum Circle
Try out your skills at drumming. Join in on the circle to test out your musical talents. Fun for the whole family.
1:00pm-2:30pm: Kids’ Water Activities
Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old-time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate. A hit every year.
1:00pm-3:00pm: Free Pony Ride
Main Street in front of Blue River Plaza compliments of Farview horse rescue.
12:00pm-6:00pm: Street Arts Festival
A celebration of street, pavement and graffiti arts that will feature a weekend of 3D murals, chalk drawings, live music and hands-on workshops at the Breckenridge Arts District campus. This year, the must-see attraction is the Barder Boat on the East patio of the Old Masonic Hall.
2:00 pm-4:00pm: Free Concert by Groovin Motion
Come enjoy this free concert at the River Walk Center!
8:00pm: National Repertory Orchestra
4th of July Patriotic Concert – For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. In order to prevent numerous empty seats due to unused free tickets and in order to offer tickets online at a greater convenience to all of our guests, the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets.
9:45pm: Fireworks (weather and conditions dependent)
A brilliant and dazzling fireworks display is slated to begin at 9:45pm and will be launched near the Gondola lots making them visible throughout town.
Our Favorite Spots to Watch The Fireworks (Local secrets!)
You cannot go wrong viewing the fireworks from any spot around town. Whether that is from your favorite deck or right from the center of Main Street. Here are a few spots you may not know about:
From Main Street, head South to the intersection of Main Street and Boreas Pass Road. Turn left and go up the pass about 2 miles. You will see an overlook of the town on your left. This offers one of the best views of Breckenridge, including the incredible fireworks display. There is nothing quite like seeing the fireworks against the backdrop of the dramatic mountains and the ski runs.
From Park Avenue, head South to Village Road up to Beaver Run Resort. If you have the appropriate vehicle, drive through the parking lot onto the dirt road that heads up the ski area. As you drive up, you will find numerous perfect vantage points in which to enjoy the fireworks. Many people choose to park in the lot and do a short hike up the mountain to their favorite view.