Georgetown’s Independence Day celebration includes a fun parade and Breckenridge’s includes The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race (credit: georgetown-colorado.org/mavsports.com)
Whether enjoying an outdoor concert, face painting for the kids or checking out cool cars in Colorado, small towns afford some of the most interesting 4th of July celebrations throughout the year. From fireworks to clambakes, we bring you the top small town Colorado 4th of July celebrations to check out.
From the humble beginnings as a mining camp in 1859 to the town of today, Georgetown is an ideal spot for Independence Day celebrations. A downtown parade and impressive fireworks display (weather and fire conditions dependent) only accent the fishing in Georgetown Lake and extensive hiking trails at nearby Guanella Pass. Another popular family activity is the Georgetown Loop railway and Hotel de Paris.
The National Repertory Orchestra is world-renowned for its magical musical renditions performed by students from around the globe. Performing at the Riverwalk Center, the NRO musicians perform to an enthusiastic following of music lovers who come from near and far to listen to the young instrumentalists. The popular Main Street is perfect for strolling with the family and enjoying the many restaurants and retailers in the cozy mountain town. The Main Street Parade, sidewalk chalk contest and even a reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington will have everyone in a patriotic mood.
Location of the clambake, reservations required:
Mid-Mountain Beaver Creek
From a clambake to an impressive fireworks display over a shimmering lake (weather and fire conditions dependent), Beaver Creek offers free concerts and wide-open blue skies in the mountains. Whether enjoying a day of biking and hiking, fine dining or just spending time with the family, this mountain retreat is a welcome summer escape.
Olde Town Arvada
Stenger Sports Fields
11200 W. 58th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
Hours: Parking opens at 3 p.m., celebration starts at 4 p.m.
This free 4th of July celebration includes live music, crafts for the kids, food and drinks and displays from the Marines, Arvada Fire and Pridemark Paramedics. While there are no fireworks allowed at this event, the spirit of community and celebration abound from this party where close to 30,000 celebrants join together on the 4th of July.
Location for pancake breakfast:
Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
920 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
This quaint mountain town is hope to an annual 4th of July Celebration that leaves revelers coming back for more every year. The old-fashioned pancake breakfast starts off the day with eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and pancakes. After that, the Coolest Car Show has more than 120 steam-to-electric autos at Bond Park. On display from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., everything from street rods to muscle cars plus classic automobiles are on display. Free shuttle service takes 4th of July-ers around the city, from the car show to the free patriotic concert at the Performance Park Amphitheater.
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