Independence Day Celebration

July 4–8, 2019


Each Independence Day, we kick off the Breckenridge 4th of July party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, and a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra are not to be missed! Check out Breckenridge Creative Arts’ “Street Arts: Patriotica!,” which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. Breckenridge’s 2019 Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 4th.

*NOTICE* Due to continuous dry conditions, the Town of Breckenridge has decided to cancel all summer firework shows. Summit County officials and residents take wildfires very seriously; fireworks of any kind are prohibited within town limits.


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Breckenridge 4th of July Highlights:

  • Parade
  • Family Activities
  • Live Music
  • Street Arts: Patriotica!

2018 Schedule

2018 Independence Day Celebration - July 4 Schedule

7:00 a.m. – 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.



9:30am Start – The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race

This mountain bike race launches the Breckenridge 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. Race will take place on Main Street starting at 9:30am.



9:00am – Breckenridge 4th 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.

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10:00am-around 12:00pm – Main Street Parade

The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard. Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am & it will take 800+ riders ½ hour to get down Main Streets in waves. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Muller) – Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.


12:00pm – 3:00pm – Prowlers Show and Shine

The Prowler Car Show and Shine on Adams Ave following the parade.


12:30pm-2:30pm – Drum Circle

Try out your skills at drumming. Join in on the circle to test out your musical talents. Fun for the whole family.


1:00pm-2:30pm – Kids’ Water Activities 

Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old-time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate. A hit every year.


1:00pm-3:00pm – Free Pony Ride

Main Street in front of Blue River Plaza compliments of Farview horse rescue.


12:00pm-6:00pm – Street Arts Festival

A celebration of street, pavement and graffiti arts that will feature a weekend of 3D murals, chalk drawings, live music and hands-on workshops at the Breckenridge Arts District campus. This year, the must-see attraction is the Barder Boat on the East patio of the Old Masonic Hall.

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2:00 pm-4:00pm – Free Concert by Groovin Motion

Come enjoy this free concert at the River Walk Center!


8:00pm – National Repertory Orchestra Concert 

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.

July 4-7

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 in Blue River Plaza. There is a charge for each amusement.


July 7 – The Wizard of Oz – Film with Live Orchestra

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Riverwalk Center and experience the Oscar®-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the National Repertory Orchestra performs the score live. Every scene of this movie’s timeless enchantment is enriched with the unique glories of a live orchestra. Fun for all ages and costumes are encouraged!
Adults $20, Youth $10

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July 6-8

35th Annual July Art Festival 

The 35th 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.
Free Admission
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In-town paid lots will be available for guest parking (F-Lot, Tiger Dredge, East Sawmill, and Wellington lots).  The Breckenridge FreeRide bus system will service the Satellite Lot and Ice Rink lot on regular scheduling. For free overflow parking, guests can park at Colorado Community College on the north end of town and the FreeRide bus services this lot every 20 minutes throughout the day.

2019 Parade Registration

Become part of the Independence Day Celebration when you register your float in Breckenridge’s Independence Day Celebration Parade!

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Important Parade Info

Parade Staging:  Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. on July 4th.

  • All participants must line up on North Main Street between Watson & French
  • Vehicle access is from the north only.
  • Enter the staging area from the intersection of Main St. and French St.
  • Kids on Bikes will stage at Watson and N. Main Street.
    Parents will need to check in and sign waivers before parade start.

Parade Rules

Breckenridge Police Officers and the Parade Officials will be monitoring these guidelines throughout the parade.
Failure to comply will result in your removal from the parade.

  • No alcohol on the float.
  • Floats Only; no vehicles unless part of float
  • Car clubs are limited to 4 vehicles and EACH VEHICLE must be decorated
  • Each float must be driven in a courteous, sober and friendly
  • Floats cannot be higher than 17’
  • Fireworks of any kind are strictly prohibited on the floats.
  • Shooting water guns, throwing water balloons, or snow into the crowd is PROHIBITED ON FLOATS!
  • The throwing of candy or other items from parade units is PROHIBITED. You may still distribute these items to the crowd as long as you have people walking along the barricade handing items out. The policy for candy distribution is “HAND TO HAND.”
  • NO Confetti Please.

Questions: Contact our Events Team at [email protected]

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