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4th of July

The 4th of July in Crested Butte is a patriotic celebration full of music, food, races, and fun. Join us this year to celebrate America’s birthday with the country’s biggest small town festival.
Get here early to enjoy a weekend of hiking, biking, fishing, or swimming in the mountains around Crested Butte before joining the revelries on Elk Avenue all day on Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

This year’s schedule has not been finalized, but it will be similar to last year’s:

7-10 am Pancake Breakfast at the Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department 

8 am The Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3rd Marathon starts in Gothic and ends right on 3rd street and Elk Avenue! Cheer on the racers on the Rec Path or between 1st and 3rd street on Elk Ave!

10 am-2 pm Food vendors at 3rd and Elk Avenue

11 am Fourth of July Parade!

12 pm Gothic to Crested Butte Marathon Awards! See the awards on the stage at 3rd and Elk Avenue!

12:30 pm Kids Carnival! Join in the arts & crafts, face painting, and games at 3rd and Elk Ave!
On stage performances:

7:30-9:30 pm Outdoor concert at Crested Butte Mountain Resort: Diamond Empire Band on the Red Lady Stage!
Also get your picture taken at the photo booth on the Butte 66 deck!

9:30 pm Fireworks at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort


A float in the parade is a great way to advertise your business or cause. With estimated crowds for the parade this year in the 12,000- 15,000 range, you’ll have a lot of eyes on you as you march down Elk. Plus, we’ll announce your business as you hit 3rd and Elk right by the food court. A General float costs $40, “marching band” style floats are free, and a political float will run you $140. To register your float in the parade, please download and fill out the parade registration form and submit it with payment for your float (if applicable) no later than July 1st.

Parade Registration


The food court at 3rd and Elk Avenue is popular with the hungry people who have just run the 8 miles into town from Gothic as well as the folks who slept in and missed the pancake breakfast and people enjoying day two of the One World Music Festival. Rates are affordable (Chamber members: $100, Local Non-Chamber members: $200, Non-Gunnison County vendors: $250). To reserve a tent, download the vendor registration form and submit it to the chamber with payment no later than June 27th.

Vendor Registration