Celebrating the Fourth, Ski-Town Style

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 06/25/19 •  5 min read

(Photo: Steamboat Fourth of July parade)

The biggest holiday of the summer is just over a week away, and it’s time to make plans. I know what some of you are thinking: But Ski Diva, I’d like to go to my favorite ski town, but I’m sure what’s happening there. Can you help?

Absolutely! Here’s a sampling of the festivities in some of our favorite ski towns across the country:

Stowe, Vermont :
Stowe has two parades on Thursday, July 4: one at 10AM. (Moscow) and one at 1PM (Main Street). Stowe Village celebrates from 11AM to 3PM with live music, great eats and awesome entertainment. The party continues at 6PM on the Mayo Fields with family fun and fireworks.

Sugarbush Resort, VT
The 70th annual Warren Parade is guaranteed to be wild, wacky, and wickedly fun, with street dance and family festivities. The parade starts at 10 AM. Main Street in Warren closes at 8:30 AM. The celebration continues at Lincoln Peak with dining specials, live music, and a fireworks display.

Smugglers Notch Resort, VT
On July 4th, there will be a parade and country fair in nearby Jeffersonville followed by festivities on The Village Green at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Plus, enjoy a special evening celebration featuring The 40th Army Band Concert and an old-fashioned Firemen’s Barbecue. We’ll top off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display with the majestic Green Mountains as a back drop.

Stratton, Vermont:
Celebrate summer and Independence Day at Stratton Mountain’s Annual Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival. The whole family can enjoy fireworks, gondola rides, live music, barbecues, face painting and more at the party of the summer. Fireworks will be held at the mountain on July 5, 9:15 PM.

Mount Snow, Vermont
Mount Snow’s 4th of July celebration begins at 5PM with live music, a BBQ & ba, yard games in the base area and more.  From 7-9PM, there’ll be free s’mores at the top of the tubing hill. Fireworks will begin around 9:15PM.

Lake Placid, New York :
Lake Placid presents a Fourth of July parade every year, and this is no exception. The parade starts at 5PM, followed by a concert at 7PM at the Mid’s Park bandshell. You’ll hear songs like the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, the Cole Porter Salte, and many more. Topping off the day is Lake Placid’s legendary Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, Set the Night to Music, at 9:30PM.

Bretton Woods, NH
Bretton Wood’ annual Independence Day celebration will be on July 6th, 2019. There will be family friendly activities, live entertainment, plenty of delicious food and our famous fireworks display.

Vail, Colorado: 
A true summer celebration featuring exceptional entertainment including Vail’s celebrated 4th of July parade, which begins at Golden Peak at 10AM on July 4 and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. This year’s parade theme is A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division.

Aspen, Colorado:
Approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, the 19th annual “America’s Birthday” carnival, a block party, a concert by the Raconteurs (featuring the White Stripes’ Jack White), and an aerial drone light show.

Breckenridge, Colorado:
Celebrate Independence Day in Breckenridge with live entertainment, free activities and dynamic family fun. Breckenridge’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the vibrant Breckenridge 4th of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival, live music, kids’ activities, concerts and much more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center followed by fireworks.

Steamboat, Colorado:
For more than 100 years Steamboat Springs has celebrated Independence Day in true western fashion. The celebration runs from July 3-7, beginning with ski jumping at Howelsen Hill, and including a Pro Rodeo, and block party, and a free concert.

Lake Tahoe, California:
The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Shore’s spectacular Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the top five displays in the nation. The show is scheduled to begin at 9:45 PM on the Fourth.

Sandpoint, Idaho:
Sandpoint Lions Club sponsors parades downtown in the morning. Stage performances and a raffle follow at City Beach in the afternoon, plus a fireworks show over the lake at dusk.

Sun Valley, Idaho:
The festivities begin with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 AM, followed by an Old West Parade at noon. There’s a rodeo at 7:30 PM and fireworks at dusk.

Park City, Utah:
Park City celebrates the Fourth with an Independence Day parade, lots of family activities, a barbecue, live music, and fireworks at dusk.

Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky Fourth of July celebration is a community event that brings together locals and visitors for a day full of activities and live music, capped off with a lively showcase of fireworks.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming:
The day-long celebration includes a pancake breakfast, a parade, live music, a rodeo, and fireworks.

Have fun, be safe, and remember, don’t drink and drive!

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