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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!

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Lighting of Breckenridge this Saturday

Come take part in a classic Breckenridge holiday tradition tomorrow at the annual Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas/ Race of the Reindeer. Part of Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays, The Lighting of Breckenridge is the anchor to the first weekend of holiday festivities in December. Come help Santa celebrate the lighting of the Town Tree in the Blue River Plaza. Join the procession as it moves down Main Street escorting Santa’s sleigh.

The Lighting of Breckenridge events start at 1:45 p.m. and include family art, holiday carolers, dance performance, free hot cocoa and more. The Race for the Santas is a six block foot race on Main Street where everybody must be dressed as Santa and the top finishers win prizes including Ullr helmets. The Race of the Reindeer is the kid’s version of the race and anyone over 12 is encouraged to participate. All kids will get reindeer antlers to wear. The Racing commences at 4:15 p.m. so come to run or come to watch but don’t be late. Click here for more information and to register for the race.

The Lighting procession starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Red White and Blue Firehouse. Santa will arrive in his horse drawn carriage. Join in the procession as it works its way down Main Street towards the Blue River Plaza where Santa will preside over the lighting of the Town Tree. After the lighting kids can visit with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum and get a photo as well. For more information on tomorrow’s Lighting of Breckenridge festivities click here.

Next up in Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays is the Dew Tour. The Dew Tour is an amazing event that brings together the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete in superpipe, big air and slopestyle. This year the stakes are even higher as the Dew Tour will be a 2014 Winter Olympic qualifying event for the US Ski and Snowboard Team.

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Conrad Anker is Coming to Breckenridge to Speak

Join the Adventure: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings Conrad Anker to Breckenridge

The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store present The Impossible Climb

ALAMEDA, California—Sept. 19, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Conrad Anker will come to Breckenridge, Colo., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.

Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.

Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition.

The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM. It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant. All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs. This year there also will be a chance to win numerous The North Face products including jackets, pants, gift certificates, passes to the local rec center and much more all for only a $5 donation per ticket. Raffle tickets may be purchased online, in the store, or at the event. All raffle proceeds will go to the BOEC. You must bring your ticket to the 7:00PM event. The presentation will then take place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams, Breckenridge, CO 80424, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. The VIP reception tickets are available for $20.00. Again, The VIP reception begins at 5:30 PM, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.

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