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!

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.

Winter Events in Breckenridge

Winter weather is expected to start arriving in Breckenridge and Summit County any time. With winter season just around the corner and the fall weather getting cooler and cooler everyday people are starting to get excited for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Although the summers in Breckenridge are truly amazing most agree that Breckenridge and Summit County come to life in the winter. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment with 4 world class ski areas all located in the same county!

As expected with winter being so amazing and exciting there are a ton of winter events that are happening throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of the some of the major events happening this winter in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day, 11/8 – Opening day is always exciting, but even more so this year as the season will bring the addition of Peak 6, an expansion of more than 500 acres of skiable terrain. Plus, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting quite the snowy winter – we’ve already experienced early season September snow, so here’s hoping that rings true!

Lighting of Breckenridge and Running of the Santas, 12/7 – Watch Breckenridge transform into a winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree.

Dew Tour, 12/12 – 12/15 – The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and Breckenridge locals Eric Willett and Bobby Brown. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings, giveaways in the Festival Village and more.

Ullr Fest, 1/5 – 1/11 – Ullr Fest celebrates 50 years this January! During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers as more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr the Norse god of snow. Ullr Fest is a weeklong winter festival with events for everyone including the Ullr Parade on Main Street Thursday, January 9th.

International Snow Sculpture Championships, 1/21 – 1/25 – Watch as 10 feet tall, 20 ton blocks of snow are transformed into amazing works of art using only hand tools. The incredible sculptures are created by teams from all over the world over the course of five days in January. The International Snow Sculpture Championship is the signature event in Breckenridge during the winter drawing thousands to witness the spectacle.

Mardi Gras, 3/4/14 – Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the Mardi Gras season and on Fat Tuesday join in the Mardi Gras Procession that marches its way along Main Street while thousands cheer on for beads and candy!

Staff Feedback – What is Your Favorite Holiday in Breckenridge?

A night in Breckenridge ColoradoWith Halloween just past and the big holidays approaching we thought it would be fun to ask our staff what their favorite holiday in Breckenridge is. Breckenridge offers a wonderful place to gather with family and friends for many holidays. One thing is for sure. If you are thinking winter holidays, you are guaranteed a white Christmas in Breckenridge! Breckenridge knows how to throw parties for the holidays. From The Lighting of Breckenridge in December to Mardi Gras, Independence Day and even Holidays we make up like Ullr Fest, Breckenridge is a perfect holiday destination. See below for what holidays our employees love.

4th July the town has a good amount people but not too crowded. there are lots of stuff going on the parade is a kick warm weather the mountains still have snow caps very fun time in the mountain.
Dale Holland, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Maintenance

I love the 4th of July. The wild flowers are in full bloom, and by then all the mountain biking trails are dry. Amy Hoffmann, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Manager of Owner Accounting

The holiday that I enjoy spending in Breckenridge the most is Independence Day. My wife and I had our first date here in Breckenridge on July 4, 2004. It is a very special day for us to enjoy a hike with our dogs, and then out for a wonderful dinner in town followed by enjoying the fireworks display (fire danger permitting J). It does not get much better than that in my mind.
Brad Beverlin, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Loan Servicing

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a wonderful time of the year to be in Breckenridge. From the abundance of twinkling lights to the annual lighting of Breckenridge you are instantly put into the holiday spirit as soon as you take that first stroll down Main Street. On New Year’s Eve the ski resort hosts one of the biggest torch light parades in the state that runs down peak 8 and the town puts on an exceptional firework show.   Everything from the mood in town to the snow falling from the skies gives you the feeling of true joy. Rick Tramontana, Director of Owner Relations

The fourth of July is my favorite holiday in Breckenridge. There is nothing better than spending a nice, warm (usually) summer day outside watching the various festivities from the Breckenridge parade to the BBQ’s during the day. Ultimately, your day must end by watching the fireworks from the Frisco Marina. The fireworks are shot just across the small bay and nearly shower over you as they fall. While it is not for those with sensitive ears, the day is usually the picture perfect summer day.
Josh Stuhr, Hotel Manager of the Breck Inn

We spent our first Christmas here this year. It was truly one or our best. Most of ours have been in Arizona and most recently in Hawaii. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas when you are at the beach or hiking in 70+ degree weather on Christmas day after that big turkey dinner. This year in Breckenridge yielded no guilt as we opened presents, ate the huge meal, built a fire, and simply relaxed around the house snacking on left-overs with the cold temperature and snow all around the house. I look forward to many more Christmas’s just that simple and perfect!!
John Liner, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Sales Manager

My favorite holiday is Christmas and New Years. I love all the twinkling lights on all the trees mixed in with all the snow. Anonymous

I would say Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday up here. It just seems to me to signal the opening of the season to me. Even though the resort is usually open before that time, it just seems to me that  is when the snow starts really coming and it really kicks off. It also seems to be a holiday that a lot of locals seem to stick around for and there always seems to be a good time to be had by all.
Rob Ehlert, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Inventory Manager

My favorite season here is Christmas. I grew up in a touristy small town in Michigan and I’m reminded of great childhood memories here in Breck during this season. Steve Wilson, Grand Timber Lodge Maintenance Manager

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