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4th of July in Telluride: As Good as Grandma's Apple Pie

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Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks, parades and barbeques. Telluride does all three in a very big fashion and truly captures the feeling of a “good ole small town Independence Day Celebration.” It is the experiential equivalent of Grandma’s apple pie.

Main Street is lined with people decked in red, white and blue as they watch the parade from their lawn chairs.  Small children waving flags perch atop their parents shoulders to catch a glimpse of the action-fire trucks, Harleys, kids on bikes, walking groups, babies in adorable costumes, dancing groups and a whole lot more unforgettable theatrics.  Our 4th of July video captures the spirit of the day perfectly.

A Good Ole' Small Town 4th of July Celebration in Telluride, Colorado from Telluride Tourism Board on Vimeo.

The Parade is just one part of Telluride’s Fourth of July Celebration and there are many ways to enjoy the day but here are a few suggestions: 

6 a.m. Rise and shine-a large boom set off by a cannon echoes through the Telluride valley to signify the official start of Independence Day.

7 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and place your lawn chairs on Main Street to snag a prime viewing spot for the parade.

8 a.m.  Get a great work out as you charge to the top of the Gondola during the 5th Annual Rundola, an uphill foot race from the base of the gondola in Telluride to the top of the ridge. Telluride Foundation is the beneficiary of the event.

11 am.  The Parade kicks off with planes flying over Telluride. This is an amazing spectacle. 

12 p.m.  Head to Town Park for the Firemen’s Barbeque.  Grab a plate of finger lickin’ good barbeque and relax. Kids games including three leg races, trout catching, water balloon toss and more  start at 2 p.m.

2 p.m.  Take a stroll back to the past  with a visit to the Telluride Historical Museum. In celebration of 4th of July, there are complimentary root beer floats being served. Admission is FREE (donations welcomed)

4 p.m.  Rest and relax, take a dip in the river or Town Park Pool or go for a hike. Don’t tired yourself out as you have to be awake for the amazing fireworks show which starts at dark.

9 pm ish (when it gets dark) Get ready for some serious eye candy. This year’s fireworks display will be fantastic.  Get comfy on an outdoor deck or set up some blankets and sleeping bags in Town Park to witness the colorful and exciting spectacle as the sky turns into a canopy of color.

Happy 4th of July.

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