4th of July Celebration in Crested Butte
Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte pull out all the stops to celebrate Independence Day.
The day kicks off with getting a full belly at the Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department's Pancake Breakfast from 7 - 10 a.m. at the fire station located at 3rd Street and Maroon Avenue in Crested Butte.
Expect funky, fun and good-natured laughter as people line Crested Butte's Elk Avenue at least four deep to take in the spectacle of the July 4th parade, which begins at 11 a.m.
Scientists, staff and friends of Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory have built a reputation for wearing outfits created from skunk cabbage leaves.
If getting wet isn't your idea of fun, stay away from the first block of Elk Avenue because after the parade it turns into the wet zone for a big water fight complete with a fire truck.
Be sure to stop by the 4th of July booth on 3rd and Elk for T-shirts, 50/50 raffle tickets and mini American Flags to show your USA pride! You can also sign up for the Pie and Hot Dog Eating contests.
Make sure your float beats out the rest because the top 3 floats, judged by our announcers, will get some gift certificates to some of your favorite local eateries.
Stick around downtown for live music, a food court, face painting and old-fashioned games. Our Pie Eating contest will be held after the parade, winner takes home a prize! The Hot Dog Eating contest will also be held after the parade and the top 3 winners get awesome prizes! There is limited space for the contests, so stop by the 4th of July booth on 3rd and Elk and sign up!
97.1 The Cave will be live broadcasting the parade over the air, so for anyone who can't see the parade, be sure to tune in!
4th of July Schedule
6:30 a.m. FREE shuttle departs to Gothic for start of 1/3 Marathon race at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte (Elk Avenue and 6th Street)
7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department's Pancake Breakfast at the fire station in Crested Butte
8:00 a.m. 44th Annual Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 Marathon (proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab)
10:00 a.m. Food Court and Beer Garden Opens
11:00 a.m. Annual 4th of July Parade
12:00 p.m. CBMF Boston Brass Band, 3rd and Maroon Avenue in Crested Butte
1:00 p.m. Live Music by Mine Control, 3rd and Elk Avenue in Crested Butte
2:30 p.m. Pie Eating Contest
3:00 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest
4:00 p.m. Food Court and Beer Garden closes
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Yarn with special guest Drew Emmitt at the Red Lady Stage at the Base Area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort (Glow sticks, Food and Fun for all!) Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Music Starts at 7:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. Raffle Winner Announced at Drew Emmitt and Yarn Concert at the Red Lady Stage at Mt. Crested Butte
Fireworks at dusk* (Fire Ban may be in effect) at the Base Area, Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Float & Vendor Information
We are very excited about all of the 4th of July activities schedule this year. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please read the following information below:
All interested parties are invited to participate in the 4th of July Parade!
In order to participate, we must receive a completed registration form from your party at the Chamber of Commerce. To make the 4th of July go as smoothly as possible, we are requesting that all parade forms to be returned to the Chamber by Wednesday, July 2nd. FORMS RECEIVED AFTER JULY 2ND WILL BE CHARGED $40 ENTRY FEE INSTEAD OF THE STANDARD $25. A registration form can be obtained by downloading the link below.
Parade line-up begins at 9 am. There is no designated order for floats, except for the first three floats. If you will be participating in the Water Zone, you must be at the back of the parade. Floats must be ready to go by 10 am. The parade starts at 11 am.
Once again this year we will have a wet zone portion of the parade. NEW THIS YEAR: We will be offering ONLY five wet zone permits. So, sign up quick and make sure to mark on your form that you want to be a part of the wet zone! Anyone wishing to be a part of the wet zone should line up at the end of the parade on Sopris between Seventh & Ninth St facing Ninth St. The Wet Zone will begin half way between 2nd and 1st Street and will be clearly marked with signs. Parade marshals will be able to tell your float when water use is permitted, water is not allowed to be used in any area other than in the designated Wet Zone. It is NOT OK to spray water into businesses within the wet zone, and we ask everyone to pay attention to the safety of wet zone participants, most-especially children! Thanks.
Make sure your float beats out the rest because the top 3 floats, judged by our announcers, will get gift certificates to some of your favorite local eateries.
NEW THIS YEAR: Please be aware that if you wish to throw things from your float, YOU MUST designate TWO VOLUNTEERS from your party to WALK ALONG the sides of your float and watch out for children. We will provide you with orange vests for your volunteers to wear (passed out on the morning of the 4th).
Finally, at the end of the parade, please drop off trash at the designated dumpster at the Nordic Center Parking Lot. Your help in properly disposing of trash will ensure many more parades to come!
We thank you for your understanding and support of these procedures, which are designed to enhance safety & ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.