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Stars, Stripes, and Summer: Your 4th of July Itinerary in Durango

Stars, Stripes, and Summer: Your Fourth of July Itinerary

Everyone who has visited our picturesque mountain town knows that there are a plethora of activities to partake in during the summer season. Aside from the mountain biking, hiking and swimming, one of the highlights of summer is definitely the 4th of July celebration and shenanigans (bring out the obnoxious red, white and blue attire). 

This year’s festivities include Fun Runs, a pancake breakfast, free concerts, BBQ, and of course, beer - because how else should you celebrate ‘merica?

Because there’s so much to do and see in just one day, we’ve highlighted a spectacular itinerary of events throughout the Durango area for you to follow so you can get the most out of our 4th of July holiday.

Pancakes and Parades in Bayfield

Pancakes and Parades in Bayfie

Bayfield’s charming, quaint atmosphere, food vendors, friendly tournaments and legendary 4th of July Parade are just a few of the reasons why this 4th of July Celebration will be one for the books.

7am-10am: Start off the day in Bayfield with a Pancake Breakfast and all the fixins, courtesy of the Bayfield Lion’s Club.

8am: The food and fun continues with the Calvary Presbyterian Church Pie Sale (yum) and Craft Sale.

10am: Bayfield will celebrate 113 years of 4th of July Celebrations with their infamous parade!

11am-3pm: Head over to Joe Stephenson Park for freedom day festivities such as live music, delicious food, merchandise and information vendors. Bring the whole family and engage in all the activities for kids, too.

11am-3pm: Folks can check out the Pine River Rotary Beer Tent, serving up cold adult beverages until 5pm.

12pm: The Serranos Annual Horseshoe Tournament at Eagle Park is sure to be a hoot this year! Featuring about 30 teams in the past, test your skills at horseshoe for fun prizes and bragging rights.

12:30pm: The opportunity for a little competitive fun continues at noon with the 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament in the Pine Valley Rotary Beer Tent. Come out victorious and you’ll receive prizes for first and second place!

Carnival and “Fun Run” in Silverton

It’s a 4th of July party in the mountains! Drive over to Silverton for a full day of carnival fun, rubber ducky races, water fights and an Old West atmosphere that’s perfect for your next family adventure.  

8am: Starting at Memorial Park, start Independence Day with the “Fun Run” to benefit the Silverton Youth Center. There’s a run for everyone - 2K, 5K, and a 10K!

10:30am-12pm: Sit back and relax as you watch the Silverton 4th of July Parade with dozens of floats, motorcycles, vintage cars and ATV’s from Memorial Park to Blair Street, then back up to the park via Greene Street. You won’t want to miss the water fight between the fire department and the local kids (a classic favorite).

12pm-4pm: Stop by Memorial Park for a 4th of July Carnival and the Silverton Brass Band Concert! You’ll find food, drinks, a bouncy house, human hamster balls, and more. This event is excellent for families!

2pm-3pm: Sponsored by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, the Duck Derby is always a crowd pleaser! Watch as hundreds of rubber duckies are tossed into Cement Creek and race to the finish line. If yours crosses over first, you’ll win prizes!

6pm-10pm: Block Party time! Head to Greene Street for food, drinks, live music, and stage acts all at the 4th of July Block Party.

Fireworks, Parades, and Beer in Durango

Fireworks, Parades, and Beer i

This 4th of July, the City of Durango is dedicated to offering a full day of events from dusk til dawn! Thanks to the resilience of the community and the incredible efforts of the city, locals and tourists will get to experience a great Durango celebration.

Rotary Park:

7:30am-9:30am: It’s going to be a day packed with classic American food here in Durango! Come early to Rotary Park for the gourmet Pancake Breakfast. Free for kids under 4, and pre-sale tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Call (970) 749-3295 for tickets.

9am: All ages are welcome to participate in the Freedom 5K Race, starting at Rotary Park. Register by 8:45am, for free!

9:15am-10:45am: Join us for “American Voices: What it means to be an American,” an insightful presentation hosted by Fort Lewis College in Rotary Park.

9:15am-10:45am: Get down to a free concert in the park hosted by Southwest Civic Winds. 


Downtown Durango:

12-4:30pm: Independence Day Party by Building Homes for Heroes and City of Durango. Head to Buckley Park for beer from Ska and Steamworks, food, and live music! There will be kid’s activities all afternoon. 

6-6:45pm: The Stars & Stripes Parade begins at 6pm and always draws an impressive crown of Durango locals and visitors.

7pm-9:30pm: Cap the night off right at the Independence Day Dance on Main Avenue, hosted by KSUT and the City of Durango. The Hi-Rollers will be providing live entertainment. Food, kid’s activities, plus a beer garden!

9:15pm: The Fourth isn’t complete without Fireworks! Thanks to City of Durango and Durango Fire District, you can catch the show from just about anywhere in Durango. Head to the Independence Day Dance for the best views!

Festivities at Vallecito Lake

Festivities at Vallecito Lake

For an unforgettable Independence Day on the water, visit Vallecito Lake!

All day long, you can stop into The Rusty Shovel Saloon for beer, drinks and American cuisine or soak up the sun at the Vallecito Lake Marina.

June 29th:

  • Vallecito Conservation and Sporting Association Members 3D Archery Shoot starting at 9:00am
  • Live Music “Bluegrass in Vallecito” at The Vallecito Church under the tent from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Vallecito Annual Arts and Craft Fair at the meadow below the dam. from 10am to 5pm
  • The Shoultz’ze 5th Annual Naughty School Girl Run will be held at the Rusty Shovel Saloon from 9:30am-9pm. This event is a benefit to assist the local veterans. Everyone is welcome!

June 30th:

  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00am followed by Worship at 10:30am at Vallecito Church
  • Vallecito Annual Arts and Craft Fair at the meadow below the dam. from 10am to 5pm

July 3rd:

  • Laser at The Lake! July 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:30pm In the meadow on the west side of the lake behind Highland Realty. Laser show will be from approximately 9:00pm to 9:30pm
  • DJ Spark Madden Entertainment from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at The Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Rendezvous Bar- DJ will be located in the back garden.

July 4th: After a long day on the water, top of the day with a fireworks show at the Joe Stephenson Park in Bayfield at Dusk.

July 5th: Live music with Dave Mensch at The Rusty Shovel Saloon from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on the Deck

July 6th: The Vallecito Community Summer Party from 5:00pm to 9:00pm will feature live music from The Garrett Young Collective, BBQ, beer, wine, and a tabletop event showcasing businesses and organizations in the valley! 

July 7th: Live Music with “Void Where Prohibited” at The Rusty Shovel on the deck from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Wherever you go in the Durango area this 4th of July, you’re sure to find something for every member of the family. Happy Independence Day!


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