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Celebrating the 4th of July in Summit County

Written by Will Lancaster

Everyone has their own way of showing their patriotism and celebrating Independence Day. I wanted to share the things that I believe make a Summit County 4th of July the best. I love celebrating the 4th in Summit County for many reasons. In 1895, Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful. One line has always stuck out to me: “For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!” This is a reference to the shade of the Rocky Mountains. This county is steeped in history and camaraderie, making for a fun, intimate and remarkable Independence Day!

Photo Credit: Todd Powell

Top Five Reasons to Celebrate 4th of July in Summit County

  1. There are multiple fireworks locations in the county.

  2. Events vary from a morning trail run, a fishing derby, a garden party, parades and live music.

  3. The view of the Frisco fireworks from the top of Mt. Royal, a short 45 minute hike, is second to none.

  4. Summer weather in the Rockies is some of the most desirable weather in the country.

  5. The free bus system will get you home safely if you end up having too much fun.


Below are all of the festivities that will be going on this 4th of July weekend.


Scheduled Activities


7 a.m. Independence Day 10K Trail Run

9 a.m.Fourth of July Garden Party

9:30 a.m.The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race (kicking off the parade.)

10 a.m. Main Street Parade

For detailed information on the Breckenridge festivities, click here.


8:00 a.m. — Team Summit Pancake Breakfast

9:00 a.m. — Kids Fishing Derby

10:00 — 11:00 a.m. — Summit Concert Band

11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. — Timberline Toppers

12:30 p.m. — Fabulous Fourth of July Parade

1:30 p.m. — Buckner Funken Jazz Concert

3:30–5:00 p.m. — Interactive Drum Circle with Peak Rhythm

7:15– 9:15 p.m. — Ernest Washington Funk Band

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks over the Marina

For detailed information on the Frisco festivities, click here.

Copper Mountain:

10 a.m.– 7 p.m. — Fridays at Cooper

10 a.m. — Kids’ Primp My Ride

11 a.m. — Kid Powered Parade

11 a.m.–4 p.m. — Copper’s Conscious Carnival

4 p.m. — Max Schneider

5 p.m. — GoPro Rail Jam

8 p.m. — Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry

9 p.m. — Fireworks and Fire Dancing over West Lake

For detailed information on the Copper Mountain activities, click here.


8:00– 9:30 a.m. Fishing Derby

10 a.m. Bike Decoration Party Followed by Children's Bike Parade

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Ala Carte BBQ at Edgewater Grill

11 a.m.–3 p.m. Kidtopia Kids' Fest

7–9 p.m. Live Music with Funkiphino at Lakeside Village

1 –7:30 p.m. Friday Afternoon Club

9 p.m. Fireworks Show

For detailed information on the Keystone festivities, click here.


7– 9 p.m. — Town of Dillon July 4th Concert / The Goonies: Ultimate 80s Band

10 a.m.–12 p.m. — July 4th NRO Performance

9 a.m.–2 p.m. — Independence Day Farmers Market and Celebration

For detailed information on the Dillon festivities, click here.