Fireworks over Breckenridge

Ten Activities to Make Your Breckenridge 4th of July Weekend Perfect

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Mark Grattan_1It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the 4th of July already but that is the nature of Breckenridge in the summer. The perfect balance that exists between warm sunshine and cool air is fleeting in the high country of Breckenridge. This summer we have been blessed with exceptionally good weather.;arge american flag displayed during the 4th of July parade in Breckenridge, Colorado

With Friday being the 4th of July this year, Breckenridge will be hopping and full of energy next weekend. Breckenridge always pulls out all the stops for the 4th but this year will prove to be more exciting with a true three day weekend. There will be more to do and enjoy in Breckenridge this 4th of July weekend then mere mortals will be able to fit into 3 days. If you are planning on a trip to Breckenridge this 4th, here are ten ideas for things to do to help you dial in your schedule of fun for the weekend.

Don’t miss the Main Street parade – Time honored family entertainment! Starting with the Firecracker 50 and the Red White and Blue Color Guard, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street with colorful floats and celebration all the way!

Rafting is awesome this summer! – Rafting is awesome any summer but this summer the rivers have been raging. Although flows are coming down rafting conditions are the most perfect they have been in a long time this late into the season. There are many outfitters that offer full and half day trips that leave from Breckenridge.

Rev it up with a 10K – get out and get your exercise before you hit your big BBQ in the afternoon. The Independence Day 10k Trail Run is a scenic 10k trail race offering some of the best views in the Breckenridge area. The race starts at 7 a.m. Register at www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call 970.453.1734 for more info.

Hike or Bike –Take some time to commune with nature by getting in it. There are miles of Backcountry all around Breckenridge and Summit County that offer a spectacular diversity of trails for any level of hiker and rider. Visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center and check out the hiking info book they keep at the main desk.

Find your Groove at the Riverwalk Center – come out to the Riverwalk Center at 2 p.m. on the 4th and check out Dumpstaphunk for Free! Led by Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk serves up a colossal low end and filthy grooves.

Get festive with art – The Breckenridge July Art Festival features over 100 artists presenting ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! The festival takes place in the Wellington Lot area in the Watson Street Alley Friday to Sunday July 4th – 6th.

Have kids? Have fun! – take the kids for the time of their lives in Breckenridge and find yourself having just as much fun. Go to the Peak 8 Fun Park! Try the human maze, of bungee trampoline, Take a scenic chairlift or 4×4 tour across the mountain. But for the most fun try the Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster or the new Ten Mile Zipline.

Watch out for Vipers – Dodge Vipers from all over will be displayed all along Main Street on Friday the 4th from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

More free music! Come to the annual NRO 4th of July concert – For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert at the Riverwalk Center! Lawn seating is Free! The event starts at 8:30 on Friday the 4th but get there early for the best spots on the lawn. The box office will be selling tickets for inside on Friday.

Last winter’s epic snow means Fireworks!!! – All of our snow from winter means conditions are perfect for Fireworks. Celebrate the 4th on Friday at 9:45 p.m. the fireworks will be set off between Peaks 8 and 9 and will be able to be seen from all over town.

Breckenridge is so much fun on the 4th of July and this year with Friday being the 4th there will be an extra charge in the air. There is so much to do that you will never be able to do it all so choose wisely!

People biking past bakers tank

Test your endurance this 4th of July in Breckenridge at the Firecracker 50!

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race is a staple in Breckenridge’s 4th of July weekend festivities. The Firecracker 50 Leads the Independence Day Parade on Friday, July 4th and starts bright and early at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street. Join thousands of spectators and cheer on these riders as they start on their 50 mile expedition throughout Breckenridge’s beautiful network of trails. Top contenders are rewarded with a cash prize and the lucky first place winner in all 4 categories receives $500!

The Firecracker 50 lives on, getting bigger and bigger each year.

The Firecracker 50 is one of the first organized events on July 4th. Competitors, viewers and awesome volunteers continue to grow this event with traditions such as The Wild Turkey Challenge which, amps up contestants to jump a ramp and slug down mysterious amber liquid from a cup as they continue on their trek.

Bikers of any class are can register for the Firecracker 50. Register under Pro/Elite, Expert, Sport, Beginner or the Maverick Open 45+. With a class for everyone, you are sure to find your place! Recognizing Past Pro Champions from 2013 are Gretchen Reeves and Oliver Zurburegg.

Registration opened on April 4, 2014 and tends to fill quickly. Entry fees are as follows:

$95 for Pro/Open Solo

$85 for all other Solo categories

$140 for a 2 person team

Entry fee includes:

  • DeFeet Tall Woolie Boolie Socks
  • Beer from the Backcountry Brewery
  • T-Shirt
  • Post Race Meal
  • Bike Wash
  • Stocked Aid Stations (4 per lap) sponsored by CLIF

For a full breakdown of the Firecracker 50, visit Maverick Sports Promotions

Don’t miss out on this fun event or the rest of activities Breckenridge’s Independence Weekend celebration has to offer.

Looking for other biking events that Breckenridge offers? Come cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders before welcoming the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge as it wraps up in Breckenridge at the Stage 5 finish on August 22nd, 2014. Watch two to five years old race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. The BGV Strider Challenge starts Friday morning August 22nd.

View from Sapphire Point at Sunset

Summer Fishing in Lake Dillon

There are so many outdoor activities in Breckenridge and the surrounding Rocky Mountains, it is easy to overlook the huge lake right in the middle of Summit County. Summertime is prime for catching big hungry fish in Lake Dillon.

Lake Dillon was built in 1963 by Denver Water to store water for Denver and the Front Range. It is the largest body of water in Summit County and one of the largest in the state. Lake Dillon has 27 miles of fishable shoreline and 2 lively marinas. It is known as a challenging spot to go sailing each summer, hosting numerous Colorado races and regattas.

Lake Dillon, although popular, is often overlooked as a prime Colorado fishing destination in the summer. The lake is overshadowed by the many rivers and streams that dot Summit County’s landscape, including the Blue River—a Colorado Gold Medal fishing river.

What makes Lake Dillon such a great family fishing spot? The ease of shoreline access, lack of special fishing regulations like those found in most mountain rivers and high-alpine lakes, friendly boating regulations with rentals and tours available and— most importantly—the diversity of species found in the lake. Throughout the year, you can fish for Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee and Koho Salmon, Walleye Pike, Char, catfish, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass and other Colorado species.

Shore fishing offers easy access from many points in Summit County. There is free parking at various marked points around the lake. It is said the fishing is best in the early summer between mid-May and early July. For shore fishing, the best fare for the fishies is good old-fashioned worms. Use a bobber and test your length from the hook until you find success. There are tons of smaller fish close to the shore but the big ones are a little further out. Use a weight and hook for bottom fishing and keep your line tight so you can feel bites. Later in the season, troll a Rapala lure near the feeder creaks of the Blue, Snake or Ten Mile dump into the lake for large trout.

If you are so inclined, rent a boat and get out onto Lake Dillon. This is a great spot for trolling. This is most effective in the later season and will produce big brown trout, Kokanee and Walleye Pike. Even if you don’t catch fish, it’s a peaceful and beautiful experience just to be out on the lake.

Fishing is a time-honored family activity that everyone should try at least once. If you are looking for a fresh high-country experience, try fishing in Lake Dillon.

Don’t forget that you do need a fishing license in Colorado if you are 16 or older. You can pick one up at many locations throughout Breckenridge and Summit County.

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