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A Small Town Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July is synonymous with stars and stripes, parades and barbeques. Telluride 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, dogs, and a whole lot more unforgettable theatrics. To participate in the parade, register here.

Our 4th of July video captures the spirit of the day perfectly.

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 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 a.m.  The Parade kicks off with planes flying over Telluride. This is an amazing spectacle. If you aren’t in the mood for a parade on Main Street, head up to Mountain Village for an afternoon of free events and activities that are great for kids.  Carnival games, face painting, balloon art, a magic show, bungee jumping and a ropes course will keep little ones entertained for hours. Live music by Porch Couch (12 to 1 pm), Dave Jordan & the Nia (1:30-2:45 pm) and Glen David Andrews (3:15-5:15 pm) will add to the festivities.

12 p.m. (or when then parade is done) 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.

12:30 p.m.  Take a stroll back through time at the Telluride Historical Museum. In celebration of 4th of July, root beer floats will be 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. 

7 p.m.  DJ Kat V will spin tunes in Heritage Plaza (Mountain Village) to get you into the 4th of July spirit.

9 p.m. Due to drought conditions and fire danger, there will be no fireworks display this year. However, you can get your fix of bright lights with the Electrolier Light Show in Mountain Village

Happy 4th of July.

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