We really do it up here: running races, parade, BBQ, family games in Town Park, airplane flybys, and fireworks. Here's a breakdown of the day:
The day kicks off with the Telluride Foundation's Rundola, a recreational foot race to benefit the Telluride Foundation. Participants begin at the base of the gondola in the town of Telluride and finish at the top of the ridge adjacent to the San Sophia gondola mid-station. Get your sweat on for a good cause before the rest of the day's festivities! You can register for the Rundola here.
The Telluride 4th of July Parade begins at 11 am on historic Main Street and is organized by the Telluride 4th of July Parade Committee. The sidewalks are packed as locals and visitors cheer for goofy costumes, homemade floats, music, and an airplane fly-over provided by volunteers from the Colorado National Guard.
The Telluride firemen then put on their famous barbeque in Town Park. The whole town is invited to dine, play the family games in the park, and enjoy the sunshine. The firemen pile the plates high with mouth-watering BBQ, only $14 for adults and $9 for kids.
As the sun sets over the San Juan Mountains, the town collectively holds its breath for the unbelievable fireworks show. The firefighters shoot off the fireworks just above Town Park making for a display that you can see from almost anywhere in town. Enjoy the show from a blanket in the park, while enjoying a cocktail along Main Street, or from the top of the Gondola! Note that the fireworks are dependent upon the weather conditions. If wildfire danger is high, then it is likely that the town will cancel the fireworks for the safety of everyone in Telluride.
Where To Stay
Coming in from out of town? Camping is undoubtedly a popular choice for 4th of July weekend, but spots usually fill up fast. Check out our Telluride area camping recommendations here. Camping isn't for everyone; if you prefer the amenities and comforts of home, Telluride.com has over 300 vacation rentals and hotel rooms to choose from. You can easily search availability and book right here on Telluride.com.