Posted on 18 Jun 2023

Independence Day Events in Colorado's Mountain Towns

If you're looking for somewhere fun to celebrate the 4th of July this year - look no further!

Steamboat Springs with its western flair with its small-town parade and professional rodeo...Breckenridge with its parade, Surfin' USA events, and Fire Truck spray...and Beaver Creek with its full-day mountain adventures...Colorado's mountain towns have you covered! Come celebrate with us. We still have many luxury mountain vacation homes available for the holiday. Search here. 

Check out details on how to Celebrate Independence Day in Breckenridge, Steamboat, Beaver Creek, and Vail:


How to Celebrate Independence Day in Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Fourth of July ParadeEvery Fourth of July, Breckenridge comes alive with patriotism, parties, and the annual Main Street Parade. The town celebrates with athletic competitions, live music, art festivals, family activities, and a few favorite small-town traditions.

7:00am - 11:00am – Independence Day 10k

Don’t miss this favorite kick-off to Breckenridge’s 4th of July celebration! 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.

9:30am - 11:30am – Independence Day Parade & Firecracker 50

Breckenridge is excited for another year of our beloved Independence Day Parade. The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am and the parade will kick-off at 10:00am.

Location: Main Street between Watson and Park Ave.

10:00am - 3:00pm – CIRQUE De USA Activities

Breckenridge, Fourth of July, Surfin' USA Chalk Art 

Enjoy complimentary circus crafts and games, draw in our annual chalk art contest and participate in the dog fashion show. 

Show off your three-ring worth skills to win prizes in the Side Show Talent Competition. Show your suffrage by creating a token and writing to your senator. Enjoy an adult beverage on the patio beer garden. Full Schedule Here. Location: Breckenridge Arts District’s Campus

12:00pm – Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Local speed skiing legend and Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famer, C.J. Mueller, will give a public reading of the Declaration of Independence following the parade.

Location: Blue River Plaza

6:00pm – National Repertory Orchestra: Fourth of July Spectacular
Celebrate Independence Day with the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO)! Fourth of July Spectacular is dedicated to all who have served and are currently in uniform with thanks from a grateful nation.

This year’s NRO 4th of July concert will start at 6:00pm and doors open at 5:30pm.

Location: Riverwalk Center

Full Details Here.


How to Celebrate Independence Day in Steamboat 

Fourth of July Schedule 2023

120th Annual Cowboys' Roundup Days in Steamboat Springs. Full Details Here.


For more than 100 years Steamboat Springs, Colorado has celebrated Independence Day in true western fashion. This is a special holiday and Steamboat does it right with a hometown parade followed by an old-fashioned community block party

7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena

Steamboat, Rodeo
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 
5:00 p.m. First Friday Artwalk, Downtown Steamboat


8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 4 - 5:30 p.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Farmers Market, Downtown Steamboat 
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Competition, Howelsen Hill

Steamboat, 4th of July Parade


7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, Downtown Steamboat Little Toots Park
9:15 a.m. Nordic Combined 1K run
9:30 a.m. 3k roller ski
10:00 a.m. Fourth of July Parade, presented by Yampa Valley Bank, Downtown Steamboat on Yampa Street 
11:00 - 2:30 p.m. Jumpin and Jammin Elimination Ski Jumping Competition, Howelsen Hill
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena



How to Celebrate Independence Day in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy a full day of live music, family activities, mountain adventures, and a Kids Zone along with food and drinks all day at Beaver Creek Resort.

Celebrate Independence Day at Beaver Creek with a carnival of food and fun with kids activities, live music, and so much more. For the kids, the stars, stripes and slides playground will leave them high flying with joy. Wrap up the holiday's festivities with an incredible firework display.

How to Celebrate Independence Day in Vail

Vail America Days

Come and celebrate the 4th of July in Vail with the return of the Vail America Days Parade and Celebration! Full Details Here.


The Vail America Parade returns starting at 10am 
The parade will progress from Golden Peak on Vail Valley Drive, then west to Hanson Ranch Road, north on Bridge Street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across the International Bridge, west along Meadow Drive and finally through the Lionshead Mall to finish at approximately noon. The theme for the parade is “Red, White and Blues.”


Patriotic Concert
The Fourth of July Patriotic Concert is at 2 p.m. July 4 at the Ford Amphitheater featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The concert is a benefit for the Vail Veterans Program. Tickets go on sale July 1 with a maximum of 4 tickets per person.


The fireworks show will return in 2023, conditions permitting. The show will be launched from Vail Mountain and will be visible from areas across town. See the map below for the view corridors for the show. You can view the show from anywhere that you have a clear view of the frontside of Vail Mountain.

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