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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.

 

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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

We know you love your furry friends, but due to the loud noises generated at the parade, we recommend that you leave your four-legged friends at home.

2021 Independence Day Celebration

July 4th Schedule of Events

Boys Scouts at Fourth of July Parade in Breckenridge

6:00am – Main Street Closure

Main Street will be closed from French St. to Park Ave. and Park Ave. from Main Street to River Walk Center North Bound starting at 6:00am.

Main Street from Ski Hill Rd. to Adams Ave. will remain closed from 6:00am – 6:00pm on July 4th.

The remainder of the road will open immediately following the parade.

Find tips for getting around town during your trip.

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.

The race is limited to 250 people and usually sells out in June — early registration is REQUIRED.

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

Breckenridge is excited to bring back our beloved Independence Day Parade. This year’s theme shares the spotlight by incorporating major holidays and events into the floats.  Rumor has it – Ullr and Santa Clause will make their premiere summer appearances!

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am and is expected to last until 11:30 a.m.

Location: Main Street between Watson and Park Ave.

Open to the public.  No registration required.

Firecracker 50

The Firecracker 50 kicks off Independence Day in Breckenridge with a bang! This 50-mile mountain bike race starts on Main Street before sending riders off into some of the best backcountry trails Breckenridge has to offer. 4,000 foot climbs, thrilling descents, and plenty of singletrack awaits all participants.

Limited availability.  This race is expected to sell out in advance.

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11:00am - 4:00pm – Chalk Art on Washington Street

Celebrate fun, freedom and the creative spirit at the Arts District with the annual chalk art contest, patriotic crafts, local artist market, pop-up live music with local bands and interactive fun all weekend at the AirStage. Chalk art activities and music are free.

Location:  Washington Street

Open to the public.  No registration required.

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

Breckenridge Music takes concerts outside, on the road and into your neighborhood with its new mobile stage, the Breck Music AirStage. Silver Bullet Trailers retrofitted the 1975 Airstream Ambassador Travel Trailer to accommodate a 14.5-foot wide by 9-foot deep stage.

Attendees will be encouraged to social distance and wear masks so that all can enjoy these much-needed concerts safely and without worry. Blankets and folding chairs are encouraged to help make the concert experience more comfortable.

Location:  Breckenridge Arts District

Open to the public.  No registration required.

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6:00pm - 8:00pm – NRO Concert

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) is a symphony orchestra comprised of musicians in age from 18 to 29, that have been selected from auditions held each year throughout the United States.  In celebration of Independence Day, the NRO will perform America’s Birthday Spectacular.

Location:  River Walk Center

Registration:  Ticketed Event

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2021 Independence Day Celebration

More To Do

July 1st - 3rd Events

Main Street Station July Art Festival

Join us at Main Street Station on South Main Street for a nationally ranked fine art festival set under the beautiful backdrop of Breckenridge, Colorado. The juried art show will feature top artists in 13 categories. Artists will all be present to discuss their original work and do demonstrations. Show will run Thursday- Saturday.

Dates: July 1-3, 2021
Location:  Main Street Station
Admission: Free
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Pop-Up Drive-In Movies

BreckCreate will host 2 pop-up drive-in movie at Colorado Mountain College’s parking lot over Independence Day Weekend. Tickets are free but advance registration is required.

Dates: July 2&3, 2021
Location:  Colorado Mountain College
Admission: Free with limited availability. Advanced registration required.
Movie Registration: 
July 2:  “Independence Day”  |  REGISTER
July 3: “A League of Their Own”  |  REGISTER

 

Drop-In Classes, Live Music & Tours

Breckenridge offers a wide range of recreational, historical and cultural activities and events to participate in during your trip.

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Outdoor Adventures

Spend the long holiday weekend exploring the great outdoors. Patio and wildflower season is in full swing, and the trails are snow-free and ready for hiking and biking (but double-check before you go). With great weather that never gets too hot, summer activities are seemingly endless in July.

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Find out more things to do this summer in Breckenridge, and learn more about hiking in Breckenridge without a car!  Remember, you can help us preserve and protect what we love by following the Leave No Trace principles during your visit.

Weekend Itineraries

Two paddleboarders on Maggie Pond in Breckenridge during Summer.

Solitude Seeker Itinerary

If you’re headed to Breckenridge for a mix of R&R and sun-soaked adventure but have had your fill of the general population, this itinerary was built for you! Independence Day weekend is one of our busiest summer weekends, but we’ll provide tips to help you carve out solitude.

Thursday, JULY 1ST

  • Head out early to one of Breckenridge’s notorious wildflower hikes. Add a fun, educational component by using a guidebook or app to ID your favorite flowers.
  • Peruse all types of art at the Main Street Station Art Festival.  While you stroll, let the kids try SUPing at Maggie Pond.  Afterwards, order yourself a wine tasting flight at the world’s highest distillery.
  • Local’s Tip: If you’re hitting the trails, be sure to go as early as possible. Being on the trail as soon as possible – think 8am – is the best way to beat the summer heat and have the trail all to yourself.  


Friday, JULY 2ND

  • Rent bikes and hit the trails for some mountain biking or head to the Rec Path for a more family-friendly adventure.
  • Stroll historic Main Street to explore boutiques, galleries and small businesses that specialize in made from Colorado goods.
  • Visit in-town museums to get a glimpse of Breckenridge’s rough and tumble mining days.
  • Grab dinner to-go and head to the pop-up drive-in movie night. Tonight’s Feature:  Independence Day.
  • Local’s Tip – Plan for success during this busy weekend by expecting a wait when dining out. Go early, make reservations or pick off the beaten path restaurants or order carry out.


Saturday, JULY 3RD

  • Book a guided tour for the day.  Our favorites include whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, summer dog sledding or golfing are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Embrace the R&R of vacation time.  Take a few hours to sit poolside, read a book on a patio, plan game night or book some spa time.
  • Grab dinner to-go and head to Breck Film pop-up drive-in movie Independence Day.


Sunday, JULY 4TH

  • Happy 4th of July! Thank you for keeping us safe by remembering that Fireworks & campfires are prohibited in Breckenridge.  
  • Spend the day hiking or biking.  The trails are usually mellow since most people head to town
  • Spend a few hours fly fishing.  Local shops can help you gear up and buy a license for the day.
  • Watch America’s Birthday Spectacular by the NRO
  • Local’s Tip – Main Street will be closed at 6:00am for the parade.  There will be partial closures until 6:00pm.

 

MONDAY, JULY 5TH

  • Book a guided tour for the day.  Our favorites include whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, summer dog sledding or golfing are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Take a guided hike with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.  
  • Dine-in town and stroll Main Street a bit more.

Lifelong Learners Itinerary

Steeped in culture and heritage, the town of Breckenridge provides a unique mix of interactive educational opportunities for people of all ages and interests.  Consider this itinerary your invitation to tap into your inner student throughout your Rocky Mountain adventures.  First Lesson – If you are planning to do an activity that requires reservations (rafting, dogsledding, horseback riding, escape rooms, etc. be sure to make an advance reservation).

Thursday, July 1st

  •  Take breakfast-to-go and head to Blue River Plaza to enjoy your morning riverside
  • Dive into Breckenridge’s rough and tumble past, by visiting some of the museums in town.
  • Visiting with kids? Stop by Prospector Park between museum visits.
  • Jump on the FREE BreckConnect Gondola and explore the Breckenridge Resort’s Epic Discovery.
  • Tour the Interpretive Hiking Loop filled with stories, photos, fun facts and interactive activities about the environment and wildlife at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

 

Friday, July 2nd

  • Get up early and to a notorious wildflower hike. Add a fun educational component by using a guide book or app to ID your favorite flowers.
  • Local’s Tip – Help us preserve and protect what we love by following the Leave No Trace principles during your visit.
  • Bust out those detective skills and make a reservation at one of the local Escape Rooms!
  • Take advantage of summer’s late hours of sunshine and sneak in a trip to see the Breckenridge Troll, a 15-foot tall wooden troll sculpture built out of repurposed wood scrapes.

 

Saturday, July 3rd

  • Local’s Tip –Weekends are peak visitation in Breckenridge.  Learn about local history, local environment or a new skill by signing up for a guided tour. Whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, summer dog sledding, a guided historic hike or round of golf are some of our favorite.
  • Local’s Tip – If you’d rather hit the trails, be sure to go as early as possible. Being on the trail as soon as possible – think 8:00am – is the best way to beat the summer heat and have the trail all to yourself.

Sunday, July 4th

  • Local’s Tip:  Happy 4th of July!  Remember, Main Street will be closed starting at 6:00am and town is expected to be busy with various celebrations.  It’ll be an excellent day for hiking as trail usage tends to be lower thanks to the celebratory festivities in town. Find a historic hike or trail within walking distance to your lodging.
  • Find your zen during a stand-up paddleboard yoga class. Meta and Bahava Yoga Studios hosts SUP YOGA classes Thursday – Sunday Mornings throughout the summer.
  • While you’re in the area, browse the Main Street Station Art Festival then enjoy a wine tasting at Continental Divide Winery – it’s the world’s highest altitude winery.
  • Watch the NRO perform America’s Birthday Spectacular
  • Local’s Tip – This is a busy weekend in-town so you’ll want to anticipate there will be a wait at most restaurants. Plan for success by going out early, making reservations if possible, trying off the beaten path locations or getting carry out.

 

Monday, July 5th

  • Rent bikes and tour the Summit County Rec Path use the informational signage to learn about hydraulic mining and waterway conservation efforts.
  • Tour Country Boy Mine life as a Colorado Miner over 100 years ago. After your guided mine tour, take a quick lesson on gold panning and tour the mine’s historic past.
  • Finish your day with a dessert tour around town where you’ll sample crepes, homemade fudge and locally sourced ice cream.
  • Throw on a cozy hoodie and grab a blanket for a night of stargazing. Breckenridge’s low light pollution makes it a perfect location to enjoy the Milky Way and spot constellations.

Family Fun Itinerary

After the year we’ve all had, Breckenridge is the best place to slow it all down and just be a family and explore together. This year the The Independence Day holiday is expected to be a popular one so follow this Breckenridge family itinerary for some tips and tricks on how to beat the crowds and have the best time together. Enjoy! 

 

Thursday, JULY 1ST

  • Take a trip back in time at Country Boy Mine. Guided tours go nearly 1,000 ft. into the mountain, monster truck hayrides and the chance to strike it rich panning for gold in Eureka Creek. 
  • Create your own Dessert Tour. Snag an ice cream from one of the many ice cream spots (Higgles, Stir Pan or I Scream Gelato are a few of our favorites) and work out everyone’s energy at the many parks along the way.
  • If the group’s little legs have had too much walking for the day, take the Main Street Trolley that runs up and down Main with many stops along the way.
  • Local’s Tip:  Breckenridge’s historic Main Street sees a lot of day-trip visitors on the weekends so mid-week is the best time to take the stroll down and explore.

 

Friday, JULY 2nd

  • Visit one of Breckenridge’s five playgrounds as a treat to little ones while shopping Main Street.
  • Use our family-friendly dining in Breckenridge guide for recommendations on where to dine.
  • Local’s Tip – Due to the 4th of July holiday, plan to order ahead and make reservations where you can for the best experience.
  • Plan ahead and reserve some parking spaces at the Breck Film drive-in production of Independence Day.

 

Saturday, JULY 3rd

  • Weekends are peak visitation in Breckenridge. Plan in advance and book a guided tour for this day. Whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, summer dog sledding or golfing are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Local’s Tip – If you’d rather hit the trails, be sure to go as early as possible. Being on the trail as soon as possible – think 8:00am – is the best way to beat the summer heat and have the trail all to yourself.
  • BYOD (bring your own take-out dinner or snacks) and sit back and take in the show at the pop-up  drive-in theatre.  Tonight’s movie: A League Of Their Own.

 

Sunday, JULY 4th

  • Skip the 4th of July Parade and take this time to jump on the FREE BreckConnect Gondola and explore the Breckenridge Resorts Epic Discovery. There is some serious high alpine fun for the entire family with a variety of on-mountain activities including scenic rides, bike haul, alpine slides, mountain coaster, climbing walls, challenge courses and more. 
  • Local’s Tip – Happy 4th of July! Remember, Main Street will be closed starting at 6 a.m. and the Town of Breckenridge is expected to be busy. Remember, Fireworks are prohibited in-town.

 

Monday, July 5th

  • Take it easy today and snag to-go breakfast and sit next to the Blue River and relax. 
  • If you take the trolley all the way to the ice rink on the south-end of town, you’ll be rewarded with the High Line Railroad Park (littles call it the choo choo park) and Sir Isak Hearthstone, a 15-foot tall wooden troll, himself.

Adventure Seekers Itinerary

Ready for the adventure to begin? If you’re looking to celebrate the 4th in style with the whole crew in Breckenridge, this lively itinerary is just for you. Start early for hiking, biking and more of our favorite activities, then soak up some sunshine on the patio with live music and brews, because, hey, you’ve earned a few!

 

Thursday, JULY 1ST

  • Start your trip out right with breakfast to-go or yummy baked goods from one of Breckenridge’s local coffee shops.
  • Explore the hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge by mountain bike.
  • Local’s Tip:  Download All Trails or COTREX to see the wide range of trails near you.
  • Sample a flight from Broken Compass Brewing or Breckenridge Brewery- you’ve earned it!
  • Rest your legs tonight with a hot tub soak- you’ve got a big week ahead of you!

 

Friday, JULY 2nd

  • Start your day early and hike to one of Breckenridge’s 12, 13 or 14er summits for epic bragging rights.
  • Local’s Tip: Hit the trails as early as possible. Trailheads can fill up quickly, plus, you’ll beat the midday heat and possible afternoon showers.
  • Soak up some sunshine at one of Breckenridge’s restaurant patios. The Canteen, Quandary Grille and The Crown are great options for people watching. Expect a wait or make reservations ahead of time!
  • Plan ahead and reserve some parking spaces for the evening at the Breck Film drive-in production of Independence Day.

 

Saturday, July 3rd

  • Grab all your friends and cool off on the water with a guided whitewater rafting trip or SUP yoga class on the Maggie Pond.
  • After your big adventure, relax with a specialty cocktail or wine flight for happy hour.
  • Looking for more? Hit up Breckenridge’s bars for live music and late night eats

 

Sunday, July 4th

  • Happy 4th of July! Thank you for keeping us safe by remembering that Fireworks & campfires are prohibited in Breckenridge.  
  • Participate in the Independence Day 10k or Firecracker 50 races! If your legs are too tired (we won’t judge) head to the finish lines to celebrate with other local legends and adventure addicts looking to join in on the fun.
  • Catch live music at AirStage this afternoon, or spend your time on another hike, bike or fly-fishing adventure.
  • Local’s Tip: Most people are in town today, making it a great day to hit the trails and find some solitude.

 

Monday, July 5th

  • Re-coup from the busy weekend with a slow breakfast at BoLD, Blue Moose or Amazing Grace Eatery.
  • Opt for a relaxing pool day at your hotel, embark on a guided fly-fishing adventure or stroll Main Street for last minute gifts and souvenirs.
  • Local’s Tip – Help us preserve and protect what we love by following the Leave No Trace principles during all of your adventures!
What to

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 are in town, plan on walking, biking and riding Breckenridge Free Ride whenever possible and try to be wherever you plan to celebrate by 9 a.m. 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 at Airport Road parking lots and a shuttle will be running on a loop every 20 minutes from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  Please note, masks are still required on public transportation at this time.

After 6:00pm, guests can return to their car by way of the Grey Bus Route.  Myfreeride.com allows you find nearby bus stops and track bus location in real time.

 

How To Get Around Town Without A Car

Once you are here, it’s easy to get around Breckenridge without a car.  There are plenty of transportation options for those who are going carless in Breckenridge. 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. Once you are here, you’ll find it’s easy to get around town on foot or on bike and that everything is just a few blocks away.  Due to the closure of Main Street, the Breckenridge Trolley will not run on Independence Day.

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