Ski Town 4th of July Celebrations

by Kirsten Dobroth | June 30, 2016

There really isn’t anything more American than the 4th of July, but celebrating America’s birthday in a ski town could make for a close second. The list below offers a sampling of some ski town celebrations worth checking out for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole kicks off America’s signature holiday with a parade at 10:30, before the Town Square Shootout at 6pm, followed by the Jackson Hole Rodeo at 8pm. Fireworks can be enjoyed from two different spots around the resort area beginning at 10pm.
Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe’s Lights on the Lake fireworks show is consistently among the nation’s most highly recommended 4th of July pyrotechnic displays, set to the area’s stunning geographical backdrop. Festivities kick off at 9:45, and a full list of area amenities and watch locations is available on Tahoe’s website.
Park City, Utah
If you’re looking for a full day’s worth of activities, Park City’s the place to be for this year’s July 4th celebrations. The 81st annual Oakley PRCA Rodeo runs June 30-July 4, with a fireworks show following each evening’s festivities. The ski town’s parade shouldn’t be missed either, as the annual celebration boasts 70 floats down Main Street. Did I mention that Park City offers a pancake breakfast at City Park to kick off the holiday? Check out a full list of the day’s events on Park City’s website.
Breckenridge, Colorado
Another favorite among families, Breckenridge has a slew of activities to keep everyone entertained. Starting with a 10k race in the morning followed by a bike race, Breck has a parade, live music, kids’ activities, and an art festival scheduled for the day’s celebrations.
Okemo, Vermont
While not officially on the 4th, Okemo’s Great American Party offers a bit of early celebration for those who find themselves in the area for the holiday weekend. The July 2nd celebration features live music, games, a hot dog eating contest, and plenty of BBQ to go around.
Stowe, Vermont
For some good ole’ fashioned fun, don’t miss an Old Fashioned 4th of July in Stowe, which features some traditional celebrations, like a parade and fireworks, along with a Village Festival, which runs from 11am to 3pm, and a medley of kids’ activities.
Crested Butte, Colorado
Nestled against the backdrop of some stunning panoramic mountains, Crested Butte has a line up of all day activities to celebrate the 4th. The ski town kicks off the day with a pancake breakfast from 7am-10am, followed by a race, parade, live music, hot dog eating contest, and a pie eating contest. Check the full schedule on CB’s website.
If you don’t find yourself near any of these spots for this year’s 4th, don’t worry, there’s plenty more ski town festivities around the country worth visiting. Check out this article from Curbed’s website, which has some overlaps, but offers a few more suggestions for slopeside celebrations.
Photo Courtesy of Vail Resorts/Park City.

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