Summit County Shows Its Red, White and Blue

By Samantha Blair

It's America's birthday, and there is no better place to be than Summit County to celebrate. Live music, parades, athletic competitions and fireworks displays are but a few reasons you are in the best place for this Independence Day. Get your flags, red, white and blue outfits and your BBQ game face on because these family-friendly events will make this holiday one for the books. 

Photo: Town of Frisco Facebook

Fjällräven Classic USA

The Fjällräven Classic first started in northern Sweden. This year is the first time the event has ever taken place outside of Europe, and it’s coming right here to Summit County. The 34-mile trek starts at Montezuma on Wednesday, June 28, and will finish at Copper Mountain. The race is currently sold out, but add yourself to the waiting list and come cheer on the athletes.

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook

Music Around Town

This Thursday, June 29, will mark the second week of Breckenridge Music Festival’s Blue River Series. The annual summertime celebration of the musical arts hosts all kinds of music all summer long. This week Americana Red Dirt country band Turnkpike Troubadours with Grant Farm will play at the Riverwalk Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the show.

Photo: Turnkpike Troubadours Facebook

Also on Thursday, National Repertory Orchestra is presenting Swan Mountain Chamber Music wine and brass quintet. The free event will take place from 6-7 p.m. in the Warren Station Quaking Aspen Amphitheater.

Every Friday evening through September 1, Copper Mountain hosts Brews and Tunes. This Friday, June 30, come see free live music from Umberto Fonte on the West Lake Stage. Come for the music and stay for a drink and lawn games in Center Village's Après Alley.

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook

July Art Fest

Saturday through Monday, July 1-3, is the 34th annual July Art Festival in Breckenridge. The festival, voted as one of the top art shows in the United States, will host more than 100 artists from across the country. The event is free to all and will be held in Main Street Station.

Photo: Mountain Art Festivals Facebook

Copper Mountain Family Adventure Quest

Copper Mountain Family Adventure Quest is an obstacle course made up of zip lines, mud pits, slacklines, biking, trekking and other challenges. Register your team online for a weekend full of teamwork, sportsmanship and fun competition. Saturday’s long course is 14 obstacles and 3.5-miles long and is made for kids ages 10-14. The Sunday course is a shorter 3-mile challenge with only 12 obstacles made for kids ages 6-9.

Photo: Kids Adventure Game Facebook

Street Arts Festival

Sunday, July 2, is Breckenridge’s Street Arts Festival. The whole community comes together for graffiti, hip hop, break dancing and more. The three-day fest is an opportunity to show off your off-beat artistic talents. Make sure to enter the annual chalk art contest on Washington Avenue at the Fuqua Livery Stable.

Photo: GoBreck Facebook

Founders Day

Founders Day, on Sunday, July 2, is a full day of Frisco history. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. head to Frisco Historic Park and Museum for burro rides, gold panning, costumed reenactments, music, interpretive tours and more. Cool down with some lemonade, ice cream and refreshments, with sales benefiting the Knights of Columbus. 

Photo: Town of Frisco Facebook

Fourth of July Celebrations in Summit County

Breckenridge
Breckenridge has its own idea of a Fourth of July bash. Start America’s birthday with the Independence Day 10K or the Friecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race. Other events include the Fourth of July Garden Party, the Main Street Parade at 9:30 a.m., the Viper Show and Shine, a drum circle, free pony rides and kids’ water activities. Don’t miss rockin’ tunes by Funkiphino, a 12-piece funk sensation, or the NRO. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 a.m. from the Gondola parking lots. Don’t forget to register your parade float and check the full schedule online

Keystone
Keystone is hosting fun Independence Day events Thursday through Sunday. Friday, check out Kidtopia and the Friday Afternoon Club for some red, white and blue fun. Saturday, the Super Snake River Science Program will come to Kidtopia from 9-11 a.m. to talk about the biological and chemical aspects of the Snake River. On Sunday catch the Strider Bike Races, a Mountain History Walk at 11 a.m. and meet the rescue dogs at 4 p.m. Monday, July 3, fly a kite and enjoy the Independence Celebration BBQ and activities in Lakeside Village. Stick around for the awesome fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 4, catch the annual Bike Parade and Family Nature Hike and Crafts at 10:30 a.m.

Frisco
Frisco’s Fabulous Fourth of July is a day full of fun. Start the morning off with a pancake breakfast at the old community center to benefit Team Summit. Then get a good spot for the famous hometown parade followed by the kids’ bike decorating contest, a free fishing derby for kids and an interactive drum circle. Enjoy free concerts at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo and Frisco Bay Marina and the Fireworks Extravaganza over Lake Dillon. 

Silverthorne
From 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on July 4, head to Rainbow Park for a collaborative performance from the National Repertory Orchestra and Lake Dillon Theater Company. The free event will also include a sing-a-long special tribute.

Photo: Town of Breckenridge Facebook

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Please visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do.

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.