Winter Park Independence Day Festivities
Winter Park has a longstanding reputation as being a casual, friendly, small town – and it packs a lot of punch for its small size by offering something for every preference in your tribe. The July 4th weekend in W.P. is chock full of small town fun laced with culture and adventure!
Begin your weekend Friday, July 1st by listening to the Music on the Square at Cooper Creek (CC), taking in the talent at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater (RMRT) performance of Titanic, get a dose of culture at the Out of thin Air art opening at Cozen’s Ranch Museum or catch a flick at the Coca-Cola Family Movie Night at Winter Park Resort (WPR). Saturday gives you a chance to pack it all in: The Rendezvous Run for Independence starts your day, follow it with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, Village Uncorked! Wine, Art and Cheese Festival, Caffe Giocondo weekend breakfast, Happy Hour at Grapes and Grains (CC), an ice cream social at Cooper Creek, Heck’s Tavern Back Porch music, and good old western fun at the High Country Stampede Rodeo.
Sunday, July 3rd has many of the same above listed activities as well as the weekly Fitness in the Park (yoga this week in Hideaway Park), A Bloody Mary bar at Caffe Giocondo, the Lion’s Club Fishing Derby at the Safeway ponds, and the Independence Day BBQ at Devil’s Thumb Ranch (DTR).
Independence Day offers a good, old fashioned, small town parade in near-by Granby, a Carnival at Snow Mountain Ranch, Live Music by the pond at WPR, a Craft Beer Flight Night at DTR, and culminates with the family friendly Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration at Hideaway Park, 6:00-10:00. Enjoy Country music, face painters, a magic show, a beer garden and at dark Fireworks show. No dogs, but food/beverages allowable.
Not into group stuff? Head to the trails for a run, hike or a mountain bike ride (and be sure to notice the wildflowers that will be peaking), take to the lakes/ponds or rivers in your canoe, SUP, raft, sail/motor boat, or simply grab a picnic from one of the local restaurants and head for a shady spot by a creek.
Make your high altitude celebration honoring our nation’s Independence more memorable by spending it in the Fraser Valley. You won’t be disappointed!
July 4th Fun in Nearby Granby
Granby is best known for its family-friendly atmosphere. Centrally located in the County, sandwiched between Winter Park and Grand Lake it is a popular hub for the many activities in Grand County. A designated “Colorado Main Street”, cute retail shops dot the town and a variety of lodging is available from quaint motels to lodge rooms on the lake.
The town kicks off the holiday weekend on July 2nd and 3rd with the Westernaires Trick Riders and Drill team at the Flying Heels Arena – across from City Market – at 7:00 pm. Catch an early fireworks display on the 3rd, following the rodeo.
Not to be missed on Independence Day is the “biggest and best small town parade in Colorado”. The entire county comes out for the only parade in Grand County! The parade begins at 11:00 and is immediately followed by a party in Polhamus Park with vendors, kids games, a dunk tank, The ACME band, a beer garden and BBQ.
Granby Ranch, a class act, family owned, family oriented ski/bike/golf resort on the perimeter of Granby would be a great choice for your July 4th fun. Bike or hike on the user friendly trails, or go for the adrenaline blast and take on the downhill bike course, play a round of golf and then head over to the base resort for the party. A Family Carnival featuring live music, face painting/games, BBQ and more! 1:00-4:00.
Come see why locals and tourists alike make the time on July 4th to be entertained by the patriotic parade in “the heart of something Grand” in Granby, CO.
Celebrating in Grand Lake
Outstanding Grand Lake, one of the state’s most historic resort towns, is a terrific locale to experience a memorable Independence Day.
Surrounded by the majestic Rockies and on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), with its western style boardwalk storefronts and saloons, this small town, on a grand lake, takes pride in its down home hospitality. Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake, draws locals, second home owners and tourists to play on its waters.
Begin your holiday weekend on July 2nd by participating in the Angel Flight 5k run/walk to benefit Grand Angels. Head over to the historic Kaufman house museum for opening day of the season, then take a hike to Adam’s Falls or splash around on the pristine waters of Grand Lake or Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Afternoon brings First Saturdays: Music on the Lake at Lake Park from 3:00-5:00 and conclude your day by participating in Bingo with the Grand Lake Rotary in Town Park (offered Sat/Sun/Mon) at 7:30 or take in a performance by the renowned thespians at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater.
Sunday gives you plenty of time to create your own fun: explore nearby RMNP, play a round of golf at Grand Lake golf course, rent a pontoon boat and check out the bays on Lake Granby or simply linger in the village among the quaint shops and restaurants.
Your outstanding July 4th culminates at dusk with the famous Grand Lake Fireworks Extravaganza. Folks come from all over the state to witness the spectacle as the fireworks are launched from a barge on the lake with the backdrop of the Rockies.Tags: What to Do