4th of July
Activities, art, & America's Birthday. Breckenridge's 4th of July celebration has something for everyone.
Daily: Jul 04 - Jul 04
4th of July

Independence Day Celebration

Each Independence Day, Breckenridge kicks off the party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra to close out the night. Don’t miss Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival, which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. Breckenridge’s 2018 Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 4th.

Please Note: 
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.


Event Highlights & Timeline

7:00 AM - Independence Day 10K Trail Run:
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. This race is limited to 400 people and usually sells out in June! Start and finish at Carter Park. Register


9:00 AM - Fourth of July Garden Party:
Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast spread as you watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Call 970.453.9767 x 2 for pricing and more information or book online.

9:30 AM - The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race:
The 2019 Firecracker 50 is presented by Rocky Mountain Underground. This mountain bike race launches the 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. Register early as this race fills up very quickly. Race will take place on Main Street, starting at 9:30 a.m.. Register

10:00 - 11:30 AM - Main Street Parade:
The official parade will start at 10:00am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard and the Wisconsin marching band. The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30 a.m.  & it will take 800+ riders ½ hour to get down Main Street in waves. Following the parade will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Muller) in the Blue River Plaza.

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM - 36th Annual July Arts Festival:
The 36th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival is annually ranked one of the top art shows in the United States. This established show will feature over 100 artists from around the country. Artists will present ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! You won’t want to miss this fabulous summer weekend of art and mountain ambiance.
Location: Main Street Station at the corner of Main Street and South Park Ave.
Cost: Free

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Family Fun Zone:
Your kids will have a blast playing at the Blue River Plaza Fun Zone! Get ready to play all day in the bounce house, massive trampoline and water balls zone.
Location: Blue River Plaza

Free Activities:

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Drum Circle
Try out your skills at drumming and join in on the circle to test your musical talents. Fun for the whole family!

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Kids Water Party
Kiddos can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Department in a water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate- bring the bathing suits or extra clothes to change into after. A hit every year and a great way to cool off!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Free Pony Rides
On Main Street in front of the Blue River Plaza, compliments of the Far View Horse Rescue.


Pay to Play:

  • Bounce House
  • Quad Trampoline
  • Tumble Bubble water balls
  • Face Painting (July 4 and 5)

11:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Street Arts Festival: Spangled
An Independence Day event celebrating freedom, sparkle and sequined fun, including a pie-eating contest, dog fashion show, denim bedazzling, chalk art contest and summer games on the Arts District campus. Presented in conjunction with the Town’s July Fourth celebration.
Location: Arts District Lawn
Cost: Free!


11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Chalk Art Contest (Washington Street)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Independence Day crafts for kids
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Beer Garden
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bedazzling Station
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Pie-Eating contest
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Dog Fashion Show
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Bingo
4:00 pm – Blue Ribbon Winner announcements

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Free Concert Featuring Thumpin'
Location: River Walk Center
Cost: Free!

8:00 PM - National Repertory Orchestra Concert: America's Birthday Spectacular

4th of July Patriotic Concert – For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. In order to prevent numerous empty seats due to unused free tickets and in order to offer tickets online at a greater convenience to all of our guests, the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets. In Honor of Kathleen Corneillier. Learn More & Buy Tickets