Tag Archives: Fourth of July

Mountain Events: July 4th 2021

Friday, July 2nd 

Dillon’s Farmers Market: 9a – 2p Lodgepole St. Dillon

Family Turf Time: 12p – 6p Stephen C West Ice Arena, Breckenridge

Kingdom Park Strider Bike Race: 4p – 6p

Red, White, & Brews: Various events including 2 nights of live music, Copper Mountain

Frisco’s Fabulous 4th: Chalk Artists on Main Street

July First Friday – Concert @ Rainbow Park: 6p – 9p Rainbow Park, Silverthorne

Lettuce @ the Dillon Amphitheater: 6:15p Dillon

Drive-In Movie, Independence Day: (Limited tickets): 8:30p CMC Breckenridge

Arapahoe Basin Summer Activities! 

Saturday, July 3rd

Breckenridge Car Cruise: 10a – 11:30a (North end of town, ends at Town Hall)

Drive-In Movie, A League of Their Own: 8:30p CMC Breckenridge

Lettuce @ the Dillon Amphitheater: 4:45p Dillon

Frisco’s Fabulous 4th: Chalk Artists on Main Street

Red, White, & Brews: Various events including 2 nights of live music, Copper Mountain

Arapahoe Basin Summer Activities! 

Sunday, July 4th 

4th of July with the National Repertory Orchestra: 10a – 12p Rainbow Park Silverthorne

Frisco’s Fabulous 4th: Bikes and Barks parade, and more!

Arapahoe Basin Summer Activities! 

Breckenridge July 4th! Including parade, Firecracker 50 and more!

Colorado Symphony @ Dillon Amphitheater: 4p Dillon

Happy 4th of July! (Pet Safety Tips)

My fur baby, Playa, goes almost everywhere with me, but on the 4th of July I make sure to leave her home safe and secure. Have fun celebrating Independence Day this year, but keep your pets at home. The fireworks can be a bit much for them. PetMD put together a great list of safety tips:

Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

By Yahaira Cespedes

Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbeques and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

Perhaps you are considering staying at home and planning a get-together with friends and family. Or, you may want to go check out your local professional fireworks display. While putting the finishing touches on your planned celebration, take a moment to consider your pets.

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are “inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.”

Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PAW have listed ways you can prevent your holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July weekend.

10. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!

It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

9. Don’t Put Insect Repellant on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use

The same tip applies to applying “people” sunscreen on your pet. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

8. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets

If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

7. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home

The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

6. Have Your Pet Properly Identified

If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

5. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry

It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments. The ASPCA states that while not highly toxic, “excessive drooling and gastrointestinalirritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

4. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets

While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

3. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”

If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.


2. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets.

The ASPCA lists chlorates as a harmful chemical substance found in some matches that, if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty in breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.

1. Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too.

Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.


The safest and best bet for celebrating this Fourth of July with your pets is to exclude them from holiday festivities, at least this time around. Instead, find a safe, secure spot in the home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs, bright lights and spectator fun. Your pets will appreciate the quiet a lot more than you’ll enjoy the noise.

Image: Tony / via Flickr

Mountain Events: Fourth of July 2016!


Friday, July 1st

6th Alley Bar and Grill at Arapahoe Basin Opens for lunch: Fridays – Mondays 11am – 4pm.

Kids Adventure Quest: 12p Registration/events begin Copper Mountain.

Landscape Painting: Step by Step: 1p Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge.

Kid’s Pajama Jam with DJ: 5p Copper Mountain, Burning Stones Plaza.

Friday Night Concert, New Sensation: 7p Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

National Repertory Orchestra “Music from the Movies”: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Chicago: 7:30p Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge.

Cabaret: 7:30p The Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Silverthorne.

Saturday, July 2nd

Family Adventure Quest: 8a Waves start, Copper Mountain.

Show Your Orange for Flight For Life: 8a St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Frisco. – Tie an orange ribbon around a tree or front door to show support for Flight For Life. 

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe: 11a The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge.

Saturday Night Concert: 7p The Nacho Men: Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

Fireworks Over West Lake: 9:30p Copper Mountain Center Village.

Liver Down The River: 8:30p Barkley Ballroom, Frisco.

Street Arts Festival: ALL DAY various events/locations, BreckCreate.org. July 2nd – July 4th

Liam Doran

Sunday, July 3rd

Strider Bike Registration & Races: 9a River Run Village, Keystone.

Pedal for Pints Community Bike Ride: 10:30a Gravitee Sports, Copper Mountain.

Mountain Pose Yoga: 12:20p Solitude Station, Copper Mountain.

Three Dog Night: 1p FREE Concert Copper Mountain.

Cornhole Tournament & BBQ: 4p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Wash Park, Live Music: 6p Lakeside Village Gazebo, Keystone.

Wynonna & The Big Noise: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Fireworks: 9:30p River Run Village, Keystone.

Monday, July 4th

Team Summit Pancake Breakfast: 7a Old Community Center 110 3rd Ave, Frisco.

Breckenridge Independence Day 10k Trail Run: 7a Carter Park, Breckenridge.

Kid’s Fishing Derby: 9a Meadow Creek Park, Frisco.

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race: 9:30a Main Street, Breckenridge.

Main Street Parade, Breckenridge: 10a Breckenridge Main St. (watch for road closures)

Summit Concert Band: 10a Frisco historic park gazebo, Frisco.

Annual 4th of July Bike Parade: 10:30a River Run Village, Keystone.

July 4th National Repertory Orchestra Concert: 10a Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

Fabulous Fourth of July Parade: 12:30p Frisco Main Street.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: 2p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Interactive Drum Circle: 3:30p Main Street, Frisco between 3rd ave. and 4th ave.)

Independence Day Concert Air Force Academy Concert Band: 7p Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

National Repertory Orchestra: 8p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Fireworks, Frisco: 9:30p Over the Dillon Reservoir, Frisco Bay Marina.

Fireworks, Breckenridge: 9:45p Gondola Lot, Breckenridge.