4th of July, Crested Butte, CO
It is almost that time of the year again…4th of July! also known as one of the most celebrated holidays in Crested Butte, CO! This day is full of fun and excitement-for both locals and tourist, you do not want to miss this event in the Historic downtown of Crested Butte!
Start of the day with the famous pancake breakfast that takes place at the Fire and EMS Department, also known as the fire station in downtown Crested Butte from 7-10 am. Because this is such a popular event, I would advise you to show up early or be prepared to wait in line for awhile, and if you get lucky your kids could catch a ride on the fire-trucks cherry-picker!
You can expect Elk Avenue to quickly fill up as people begin to line the street in anticipation of the famous Crested Butte 4th of July parade which begins at 11am. The sidewalks will be flooded with lawn chairs and families, in order to get a good spot on the sidewalk with your family it is advised to set up your lawn chairs or blankets an hour or two before the parade to ensure that you will have a good spot for you and your family.
Throughout the day there will be live music and many delicious food and drink booths, but if that isn’t enough no worries, Elk Avenue is lined with great restaurants with outdoor seating where you can enjoy a meal while watching the parade! Crested Butte prides itself in being different from any other town so during the parade you can expect much laughter, fun and spontaneity like nothing else! You never quite know what you will see in the parade, there are horses, clowns, dancers, motorcycles, bikes, Rotary Ducks. There are jumps, and zip lines through fire and much more.
After the parade, the first block of Elk Avenue becomes the wet zone for a giant, crazy water fight so wear your bathing suite and bring your water gun. If you have no desire of being soaked, steer clear of this area near the first and second block of Elk Avenue.
There will also be a band playing after the parade usually at 3rd & Elk as well as an annual pie eating and hotdog eating contest, and the stryder cup where little tykes race on their stryder’s or bycicles without peddles.
From 4-5pm you and your family can enjoy a free patriotic concert on the field of the Center For the Arts outdoor stage.
After the festivities it is common for many of the young adults to go up to Long lake, where they hang out for the rest of the evening tubing, canoeing and cooling off in the lake while also putting good use to the new rope swing. If you have any young adults in your family or group, this is a great way for them to meet other kids their age which ranges from senior in high-school to college kids.
Crested Butte Fireworks – Of course the night is topped off with 4th of July fireworks on Mt. Crested Butte! So grab a blanket and get a good spot with family and friends to lay out under the stars, – you are in for a show!
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