Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2021
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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. Finish July 4th with a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra that’s not to be missed!

Independence Day Celebration will adhere to all public health and safety regulations required for Colorado.

 

Festival & Event Updates
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All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Check back frequently for updates or sign-up to receive event-specific email updates.

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.

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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.

Kindness can move mountains
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After a year on-hold, we’re doing our best to get back on track. Many hotels, boutiques, activity vendors and restaurants are short-staffed and may limit their offerings. Thank you for being kind and patient to all those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that Breckenridge is known for.

2021 Independence Day Celebration

July 4th Schedule of Events

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 – Chalk Art on Washington Street

11:00am - 6:00pm – Live Music @ AirStage

6:00pm - 8:00pm – NRO Concert

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?

For anyone coming into town, event parking is FREE at Airport Road parking lots. A shuttle will be running from 8:00am to 6:00pm on a loop into downtown every 20 minutes from Airport Road lot to the Transit Center. Masks are still required on public transportation in Summit County at this time. 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.

After 6:00pm, guests can return to their car by way of the Grey Bus Route.  Myfreeride.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 persons 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?
For anyone coming into town, event parking is FREE at Airport Road parking lots. A shuttle will be running from 8:00am to 6:00pm on a loop into downtown every 20 minutes from Airport Road lot to the Transit Center. Masks are still required on public transportation in Summit County at this time. 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.

 

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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