Boys Scouts with a large flag at Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2022
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Every Independence Day, Breckenridge comes alive with patriotism, parties and the annual Main Street Parade.  It’s a day of celebration that includes athletic competitions, live music, art festivals, family activities and a few of our favorite small-town traditions.

 

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With construction delays and significant staffing shortages, visitors can anticipate that things will move a bit slower in our small mountain community. So, pack your patience, make reservations for activities and dining whenever possible, and leave a little extra time for travel between adventures.

Fireworks Prohibited

Colorado’s low humidity has its perks, but can also can create dry conditions. In January 2019, The Town of Breckenridge Town Council passed an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks, regardless of the current weather trends, to align with safe environmental practices. The Town of Breckenridge places the highest value on safety and thanks guests in advance for refraining from using fireworks within Breckenridge. Summit County officials and residents take wildfires very seriously; fireworks of any kind are prohibited within town limits.

View current fire restrictions

Furry Friends

Town officials strongly recommend leaving furry friends at home for their own safety and comfort as downtown is expected to be busy on July 4th.

2022 Independence Day Celebration

July 4th Schedule of Events

 

 

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6:00am – Main Street Closure

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

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

11:00am - 4:00pm – Surfin' USA

6:00pm - Annual NRO Concert

2022 Float Registration

Float Registration

Register your float for Breckenridge’s patriotic Independence Day Parade.

Registration Deadline: Floats must be registered by 8:00am on July 2nd. No late registrations or walk-ups will be allowed.

2021 Independence Day Celebration

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Getting To Breckenridge & Getting Around Once You're Here

PARKING + TRANSPORTATION

Breckenridge is one of the few Colorado mountain communities that is hosting an Independence Day Parade. Main Street will be closed starting at 6:00am and town is expected to be busy. If you’re in town, plan on walking, biking or riding the Breckenridge Free Ride bus whenever possible and try to be wherever you plan to celebrate by 9:00am on Sunday, July 4.  Your rental company can give you tips on the easiest way to reach Main Street from your lodging location.

Where should I park?

Breckenridge’s downtown parking lots are paid and traditionally fill up fast, so guests should plan to arrive early and park in the same spot for the day. If possible, keep your car parked at your lodging property and take free lodging shuttles or the free bus into town.

Breckfreeride.com allows you to find nearby bus stops and track bus locations in real time.

How To Get Around Town Without A Car

Once you’re here, it’s easy to get around Breckenridge without a car.  The Breckenridge Free Ride offers free bus transportation throughout the day with multiple shuttle systems running throughout Breckenridge. Most likely, the place you are staying is right next to a bus stop or offers its own FREE shuttle transportation to town. Due to the closure of Main Street, the Breckenridge Trolley will not run on Independence Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What is different this year?
While attending the parade or any busy event should be up to every person’s individual comfort level, parade barricades are being moved into the street to create an expanded viewing area. Out of abundance of caution, smaller amusements that have traditionally been hosted in the past (pony rides, Red White and Blue water fight and face painting stations) are not taking place this year. Additionally, a portion of Main Street will be remain closed between Ski Hill and Adams Ave. until 6 p.m. to allow for extra distance between activities throughout the downtown corridor – the rest of Main Street will be opened back up immediately following the parade.

 

Are town officials concerned about COVID-19?
Summit County has recently reached the goal of 70% of community fully vaccinated. Under public health recommendations, Breckenridge Town Council felt like it was time to bring the community together to celebrate with one our iconic events.

 

When and what roads will be closed?
Main Street between French and Park Ave. will close starting at 6:00am on Sunday, July 4. Those planning to be in town should plan on walking, biking and riding Breckenridge Free Ride whenever possible and try to be wherever you plan to celebrate by 9:30am on Sunday, July 4.

 

Where should I park?
Breckenridge’s downtown parking lots are paid and traditionally fill up fast, guests should plan to arrive early and park in the same spot for the day. If possible, keep your car parked at your lodging property and take free lodging shuttles or the free bus into town.

Breckfreeride.com allows you to find nearby bus stops and track bus locations in real time.

 

Are there fireworks this year?
In 2019, The Town of Breckenridge Town Council passed an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks, regardless of the current weather trends, to align with safe environmental practices. Employees are encouraged to share this information with guests who may not be aware.

 

Can I bring my pet downtown for the 4th celebration?
Town officials strongly recommend leaving furry friends at home for their own safety and comfort as downtown is expected to be busy on July 4.

 

When does the parade start and how long will it last?
The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am The parade is expected to last until 11:30am The majority of Main Street will open after the parade – Ski Hill to Adams will remain closed until 6:00pm.

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Embrace The Spirit

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