Home to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is the ideal all-American destination for Fourth of July celebrations. In addition to one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the state (always held on July 4), this quintessential Colorado mountain village offers a variety of family-friendly festivities and events specifically tailored for the holiday, in addition to an abundance of outdoor recreation activities.
Per tradition, July 4 kicks off with the old-fashioned Independence Day Pancake Breakfast - eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, and, of course, pancakes. Headquarters for the breakfast is Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church at 920 Big Thompson Ave. The event is held from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and costs only $6 for adults and $3 for children.
After a hearty breakfast, spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, miniature golf or check out the Coolest Car Show. More than 120 "Steam -to-Electric" vehicles will be displayed around Bond Park in the heart of downtown Estes Park. Along with steam and electric cars, other street rods, stock cars, muscle cars, sports cars, vintage and classic cars will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults; $10 for a family of four (two adults, two children- additional kids admission is $2 each); no charge for children 5 & under.
Beginning at noon, you can celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way at the Old Glory Carnival at the Stanley Hotel. From noon to 6pm, guests can enjoy carnival games and eats on the lawn of the Stanley. Starting at 6pm is a free concert with the band 9s a Pair, followed by a viewing of the fireworks from the lawn. Entrance to the event is free,rides are $3-6 each, parking for non-hotel guests is $10. The Stanley Hotel is a stop on the Estes Park Free Shuttle routes.
At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert featuring the works of John Philip Sousa and others. The concert is free to attend and will be held at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown.
The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30pm over Lake Estes! You won't want to miss one of Colorado's most glorious fireworks displays! Find a grass spot at Stanley Park, along the Lake Estes Trail or on your favorite mountainside to join in this annual tradition of national pride.
Come a day early to enjoy the Red, White & Cool celebration at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park on July 3rd from 6:30-9pm. Stay late for additional events and activities! Book your lodging today - before it's too late!
To make it easier for all Estes Park guests to get around, on July 4th, the Estes Park FREE Shuttles have extended evening service hours so all can easily attend the evening festivities. See the Shuttles page or call 970-577-9900 for more information on the shuttle system.