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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 celebration. We don’t wait until the 4th to start the celebrations. Things will kick off on Friday the third and run through the 4th. The 5th is a perfect day for hiking, biking, fishing, or swimming in the mountains around Crested Butte.


Friday July 3, 2015

Kick off the weekend with some great musical acts. Crested Butte Music Festival is debuting the new One World Music Festival this year with some great bands. Pat Green is coming to town, also. So whether you like funk and soul or some classic country, we’ve got you covered on Friday night.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

This day is just a marathon celebration of America and summer in Crested Butte. With a race, a parade for the ages, great music, tasty food, and fireworks, you can’t miss. So start planning your trip now before the lodging fills up.

  • 7-10:30 AM: Crested Butte Fire & EMS Volunteer’s Pancake Breakfast. Swing by the Fire Station for a fine breakfast of pancakes. Proceeds go to support the Crested Butte Fire & EMS Volunteers.
  • 8 AM: 46th Annual Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 Marathon. Run, walk, or crawl is the tagline for this classic race. Proceeds support the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.
  • 11:00 AM: 4th of July Parade, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Floats include everything from the Fire Department and our Mountain Men to Gravity Groms and Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
  • 1:00-4:00 PM: One World Music Festival moves downtown for day 2. The Suffers will reprise their day 1 set and The Family Crest will also play.
  • 7-9:00 PM: Back up to the base area at Crested Butte Mountain for Sol Driven Train, brought to you by the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and Mt. Crested Butte.
  • 9:00 PM: Time for fireworks. Directly after Sol Driven Train, we’ll put on a firework display that will knock your socks off (weather and conditions permitting).

Vendors and Parade Participants

The 4th of July offers a few great marketing opportunities for businesses and non-profits: floats and vendor tents.


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 1, 2015.

Download Parade Registration

Food Vendors:

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 July 1, 2015.

Download Vendor Registration