How to Fourth of July in Estes Park

Celebrating Independence Day is a long-standing tradition in most American towns, and the village of Estes Park is no exception!  Make the most out of this star-spangled day with our tips:

Fill up on Freedom
Start the day off with an all-American breakfast before heading out to the day’s events with a 4th of July pancake breakfast. Held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, the Independence Day Pancake Breakfast goes from 7:00 to 10:30 am and breakfast is only $6 for adults and $3 for children.

American Muscle
It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a classic car show! Car show guests will get to admire over 100 classic and unique cars as part of this fun, annual event at the Estes Park Events Complex. Whether a car enthusiast or just a casual observer, this expansive collection at the Coolest Car Show is sure to turn your head! The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with prizes in 16 car categories and best in show awarded at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and  $2.50 for children over 6.

Celebrate Craftsmanship
While you show your American pride, you can also meet people who take pride in their work. The Monday Artisans Market at Riverside Plaza is a chance to meet local artisans in person and hear the stories behind their work. Artisans Market is a weekly event that features new artists every Monday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Enjoy free live music with the Village Band at downtown's Performance Park on the evening of Independence Day.  Located at the west end of the Elkhorn Avenue Riverwalk, Performance Park's grassy slope is the perfect place to take in some traditional patriotic favorites and upbeat marches! The concert begins at 7 p.m. and ends in time to get to the other side of the village for the spectacular fireworks display!

The Big Finale
The annual Estes Park 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza takes place over Lake Estes at 9:30 p.m. Catch a seat along the Lake Estes Trail, near the Estes Park Marina or in Stanley Park for the best views. You won't want to miss this incredible display of national pride!

Final Tip: Celebrate all Weekend

There is so much to do in Estes leading up to the big day, you’ll want to come early to fit it all in. From exploring the national treasure of Rocky Mountain National Park to taking in a movie under the stars, the celebration starts long before the 4th. Or, stay later in the week to take in the Rooftop Rodeo and some live music. Plan ahead for the best options, as this is a popular time to be in Estes. Check our lodging section for any last-minute availability.