How to celebrate the Fourth in your favorite ski town.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 06/26/18 •  3 min read

The biggest weekend of the summer is almost here, and I know what you’re thinking: I’d like to celebrate the Fourth in my favorite ski town, Ski Diva, but I’m not sure what’s going on there. Can you help?

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

Stowe, Vermont :
Sunday, July 1, from 4 PM-10 PM. Enjoy fireworks, music, food, craft beer, and family fun on the green at the Spruce Peak Village Center.

Lake Placid, New York :
Lake Placid presents a Fourth of July parade every year, and this is no exception. This year’s starts at 5:30 PM, followed by live entertainment in Mid’s Park at 7 PM, and fireworks over Mirror Lake at 9:30 PM.

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 1, 9:15 PM

Mount Snow, Vermont 
BBQ, beer, ice cream and fireworks! The fun starts with live music at 3 PM. Fireworks will begin around 9:15 PM.

Vail, Colorado: 
A true summer celebration featuring exceptional entertainment including Vail’s celebrated 4th of July parade and fireworks. The parade will begin at Golden Peak at 10:00 AM on July 4 and wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. This year’s parade theme is Celebrate the USA! Great Moments in American History.

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 18th annual “America’s Birthday” carnival, a block party, a concert, and an aerial drone performance.

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:
Steamboat’s Fourth of July celebration runs from July 1 through July 4. There’s everything from a hometown parade and pancake breakfast to a rodeo, block party, and fireworks.

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.

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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