July has arrived, and with it, there will be a slew of patriotic holidays in honor of Independence Day. Like last year, many favorite festivities return to fill the weekend with holiday cheer. However, no public fireworks will take place this year. The local government has not held a fireworks display on July 4 since 2017 for reasons including fire hazard, traffic and the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet cities and resorts are still planning plenty to keep people busy for the entire weekend. Here’s what’s happening in every area of Summit County.
The festivities of River Run Village
The fun begins at noon on Saturday, July 2 with the free Mountain Town musical series at the Keystone Resort. Previously a singular festival in August, this is the second consecutive summer it has become a season-long series with different acts on select Saturdays.
Because it’s the weekend before the 4th of July, the first iteration of the Mountain Town Music series this summer is called Stars & Guitars. There will be themed swag for kids, face painting, a photo booth, an outdoor bar and more.
Circus Salida will present two shows of aerial acts, juggling and other entertainment. The first is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the second just after from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dutch band New Family Dog will open the musical portion of the event, taking the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to play a mix of funk, jazz and rock. Next, headliners Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue will pay tribute to the jam band from 3:30-5 p.m.
Visit KeystoneFestivals.com for the full program.
A celebration of Copper Mountain
Also on Saturday is the Red, White, Brews & Tunes debut from Copper Mountain Resort in Center Village. The weekend will have music, morning yoga sessions and mountain biking. Songs will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday with Sweet Lillies from Denver playing strings, followed by Lord Nelson from Virginia playing rock at 5 p.m.
The music continues Sunday, July 3 with outlaw country band Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts of Denver at 2:30 p.m. and Dave Jordan of New Orleans at 4:30 p.m.
Finally, on Monday, July 4, an outdoor screening of the downhill mountain bike film “Gamble” will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Jack’s Lawn in the center of the village. People should plan to bring their own chair or blanket.
Visit CopperColorado.com for more information.
The sounds of Silverthorne
The National Directory performs several times on Monday. Their first concert is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at Rainbow Park, 590 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne. The free performance during the city’s 4th of July celebration will feature patriotic songs and an “instrument petting zoo” where people can learn about instruments.
The family event will also include face painting, inflatable slides, balloons and more. Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea and Colorado Marketplace and Bakery will provide breakfast.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn. Visit Silverthorne.org for more information.
Symphony on the Shores
More classical music can be found Monday at the Dillon Amphitheater, 201 W. Lodgepole St., Dillon. The Colorado Symphony will leave their usual home of Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall to bring themed tunes to the shores of Dillon Reservoir.
Expect to hear songs like “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The 1812 Overture,” and “God Bless America,” in addition to stage and screen hits.
Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 4 p.m. The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. Visit Amphithéâtre Diillon.com to join the waiting list.
A fourth Frisco
Those looking for a unique parade should visit Frisco on Monday morning. But first, the day begins with the traditional pancake breakfast to benefit Team Summit from 8-11 a.m. at 110 Third Ave. Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under.
Then the kids should head to Meadow Creek Park, 828 Meadow Drive, for a free fishing tournament. Registration opened June 1 with slots for 100 children, and the Frisco Bay Marina will rent fishing rods for those who don’t have one.
At 1 p.m., the Bikes and Barks Parade returns to Main Street from Madison to Seventh Avenues. Everyone is welcome to watch or participate in the parade, including animals, as long as no motors are involved. Candy distribution is encouraged and a high school marching band from Minnesota will also join the parade.
The evening concludes with a concert from 4-6 p.m. by the band of four Saucy Bees at the Historic Park Gazebo, 120 Main St. Visit Frisco4th.com for details and to register for the parade and derby.
Bikes in Breckenridge
Not much is planned before Independence Day, however, on Saturday in Breckenridge there will be a drive-in cruise. Organized by the Summit County Cars & Coffee group, the cruise departs at 9:30 a.m. from Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, and passes through various Breckenridge neighborhoods, ending at Breckenridge City Hall, 150 Skill Hill Road, at 11 : 30h
Other parades, as well as another performance by the National Repertoire Orchestra, will take place on Monday. First is Independence Day 10K which begins at the intersection of Washington Avenue and High Street at 7:00 a.m.
Next, the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race begins the Independence Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street with the floats following at 10 a.m. After the parade, local speed skiing legend CJ Mueller will read the Declaration of Independence at noon.
Float registration is closed and registrations for the Firecracker 50 and 10K are limited. Due to Main Street activity, the road will be closed from French Street to Park Avenue, and Park Avenue from Main Street northbound to the River Walk Center beginning at 6 a.m. While part of the road will be open after the parade, Main Street from Ski Hill Road to Adams Avenue will remain closed until 6 p.m.
On the 100 block of Main Street, kids can join the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District for free spraying and fun at 1 p.m.
Starting at 11 a.m., a host of activities from Breckenridge Creative Arts that mix patriotic themes and surf culture on the Artist District campus. On deck are music, beach games, a chalk art contest, sand art, and a photo booth. The AirStage will be on stage hosting a dog fashion show at 1 p.m. and a beach rock lip synch battle at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
Closing the evening, the National Repertoire Orchestra giving another 4th of July concert. The show is at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
Visit GoBreck.com for the full itinerary.