Family-friendly Estes Park is the ideal place to celebrate the 4th of July. Where else can you eat a traditional pancake breakfast, attend the Coolest Car Show, listen to patriotic music and watch the fireworks over Lake Estes?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so bring the kids to the Independence Day Pancake Breakfast at the Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. The breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice and all the coffee you can drink costs only $8 ($5 for children). This Knights of Columbus event takes place from 7 to 10:30 a.m. with all proceeds supporting Crossroads Ministry, which supports those in need in the Estes Valley.
After breakfast, hike a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park or rent a paddle boat or kayak at Lake Estes Marina. The marina also rents bikes so you can ride the four miles around the lake.
At the Stanley Park Events Complex attend the Coolest Car Show with more than 100 vehicles on display. Marvel at the Stanley Steamer and electric cars, or travel down memory road with the street rods, muscle cars and classic autos you loved as a youth. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children and proceeds help support the Estes Park Museum.
At 7 p.m. bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Performance Park Amphitheater and listen to the Estes Park Village Band play patriotic songs, Sousa marches and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The park is located at the west end of downtown and admission is free.
People start gathering at Stanley Park in the early afternoon for the fireworks show over Lake Estes. Other prime spots are along the Lake Estes Trail and on surrounding mountainsides. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.
This is a busy weekend in Estes Park, so free shuttles have extended evening service hours so to get you to where you want to go. For more information on July 4th events, stop by the Visitor Center or call 970-577-9900.
Come to Estes Park this 4th of July and experience a day that your family will never forget.Tags: What to Do