How to Celebrate a Durango, COVID 4th of July
It’s officially that time of year again, the hot summer sun is shining, ice cold beer is being served and the smell of hot dogs are burning on the grill-- it’s the Fourth of July in Durango! Even though COVID-19 is putting a bit of a damper on everyone’s favorite summer holiday, it doesn’t mean we can’t all still celebrate. We just need to get a little more creative! If you still don’t have any plans for Independence Day, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From backyard bbq’s to paddle boarding out on the lake, there are plenty of fun-filled things to do in Durango that will lift your spirits and hype you back up for the weekend!
HAVE A BACKYARD BBQ
This is something that typically comes with celebrating the Fourth of July, so why not keep the tradition going? All you have to do is remain socially distanced from people that don’t live in your household-- not too hard of an ask. Since you’ll be celebrating outside, you can invite more people to your shindig. Make sure you dust off all of the fun summer yard games like cornhole, beersbee or even volleyball! Pick up some sweet to-go cocktails from downtown Durango’s large range of local restaurants. There are plenty of new places you can discover, or stick with your long-time favorite while feeling good about supporting local businesses. Our personal favorite we recommend picking up would be a Mexican Logger Growler from Ska Brewing Co.
DISCOVER DOWNTOWN DURANGO
Mosey on down to main street and see what all the hype is-- there is always something going on! Discover what is in store for new talent and enjoy some live music while soaking up some sun on the bump-out patios that restaurants are offering on the street of Historic Main. There will be live music happening all day long at 11th Street Station from Devin Scott, Kevin McCarthy and Bo James! If you happen to be north of town, stop by The Nugget Mountain Bar and jam out with Red Eyed Djinn. Stay up to date on any further events happening that night! Make sure you dress to impress on this festive holiday while you’re strolling out and about! If you don’t have the proper attire to celebrate the Fourth of July, don’t stress, downtown Durango has plenty of shops to choose from for you to rock your red, white and blue in style.
TAKE A HIKE
There are plenty of awesome hikes you can go on in the Durango area! Grab your camelback and start exploring the great Rocky Mountain outdoors. Our favorites that are all within an hour’s drive from Durango are: Clear Lake, Emerald Lake, Engineer Mountain, Ice Lake or Yankee Boy Basin. Whatever you may choose, you won’t be disappointed. Make it a day trip or bring your sleeping pack and celebrate the 4th under the stars!
THE RIVER PARADE
What is more Durango than having a parade down the river to celebrate the Fourth of July? Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours is hosting a rafting parade to combine a fun, white water rafting experience with Independence Day. There are five different times you can choose from to take part in this event and the kids get a festive souvenir to take home! Make sure you wear your red, white and blue in the best way you know how-- the best costume for dressing up gets a prize at the end of the trip! Make sure you book your spot in the raft parade ASAP!
The beauty of Durango is truly endless and if you want to spend your 4th of July outside, there are an array of possibilities to choose from! Whether you want to hang out by the cool, brisk Animas River, or you would rather spend your day at a nearby lake, Durango has it. If a lake day is up your ally, you can venture to Lake Nighthorse, which is just about 10 minutes away. Lake Nighthorse, a newly revamped recreational lake, is the perfect place to cool off with the whole family! Rent a paddle board or kayak while you’re there and enjoy some time out on the water! If you were looking for more of a mountain-vibe experience, Vallecito Lake is just 45 minutes outside of town! You can also rent your favorite water-flotation device at the marina and choose from several delicious restaurants that will appease your taste buds. Further, Navajo Lake is one of the largest recreational lakes in the area and it is also only 45 minutes outside of the town of Durango. You can either venture to this lake on the Colorado side, or on the New Mexico side. Make sure you bring your SPF!
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