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Top 10 memory-makers this 4th of July

There are lots of choices in Breck on the Fourth of July, and how you make your memories is up to you, but spending time in the mountains with family means having experiences that create stories you can tell later on.  Make some memories of your own this holiday by trying out a few of these things to do this holiday.

Run in a race at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains
Starting at Carter Park, runners climb steep singletrack as part of the Independence Day 10K trail running race.  You’ll be rewarded with tremendous views, tired and happy legs, as well as hefty bragging rights.

High-five a mountain bike racer
At the start of the parade, kids line the sidewalks for  a chance to slap hands with the bicyclists heading out for the Firecracker 50, a 50-mile long mountain bike race in the terrain near Breckenridge.  These guys and gals are true role models and the start of the race (and parade) is fun for any young rider to see.

Watch the Parade on Main Street
Find a comfortable spot on Main Street and be a part of the downtown celebration of creative floats filled with enthusiastic locals and some family reunions that show off their Breck-love in a big way.


Listen to George Washington read from the Declaration of Independence
Immediately following the parade head to the Blue River Plaza where the Welcome Center is, and listen to our first President portrayed by the a local ski racing legend, CJ Mueller

Summon your inner Picasso
Decorate the town with your own chalk art, make something fun and take it home.  Advanced ceramics available at the Quandary Antiques Cabin. An art sale benefits the Breckenridge Arts District.

Get in a water fight with firefighters
Join the crew from the Red, White and Blue in a old-fashioned water fight on Main Street.  Parents can head over to the 29th Annual July Arts Festival to dry out the kids and see more interesting pieces of art.

4th of July BreckRide a horse for a good cause
Promoting horsemanship, education while rehabilitating rescued horses, the Fair View Horse Rescue will offer rides to benefit the operation.  See and ride the horses while learning all about the good things happening with this group.

Hear the funk of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
This talented musician has been part of Lenny Kravitz’s band and the Greyboy Allstars, so he’s sure to get your head nod going.

Listen to the Orchestra
After having dinner, pack a blanket and a hoodie and head for the Riverwalk Center for a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO), an organization that provides “a unique opportunity for young musicians to gather invaluable experience playing a broad variety of orchestral works each summer season.”

Watch the Fireworks
Weather permitting, the sun goes down and the show starts.

— Stacy Sanchez

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