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Fourth of July Festivities in Telluride

15 Jun 2015
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It’s just around the corner folks...the annual Fourth of July celebrations in Telluride! Telluride has become one of the most sought after destination for America’s favorite holiday weekend, and for good reason. We certainly don’t have the biggest, flashiest parade, or the most jam packed schedule of events. In fact, families seek out Telluride because it provides just the opposite. Our tiny town offers visitors an intimate vibe, where you can enjoy the festivities of the fourth, coupled with our laid back mountain lifestyle, delicious food, music, art, endless outdoor pursuits and colorful local characters who really get into the spirit of things. Telluride hosts one of the most quirky, entertaining Fourth of July parades, a picnic in the park and a fantastic fireworks display. There are also some other events crossing over the Fourth of July weekend, which means there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a general rundown of the day’s events:

  • 10.40AM: HONOR GUARD & COURTHOUSE CEREMONY
  • 11AM: FOURTH OF JULY PARADE (COLORADO AVENUE)
  • 11.30AM - 4PM: FIREMAN’S PICNIC (TOWN PARK)
  • 1.30PM - 2PM: PARADE AWARDS (TOWN PARK)
  • 2PM: KID’S GAMES (TOWN PARK)
  • 9PM: FIREWORKS DISPLAY (TOWN PARK)

What else is there to enjoy over the July 4th weekend?
If you are coming to Telluride and you want to make a fun weekend of it, there are plenty of other things going on to keep you entertained. If you love fitness, or just want to get active with your kids, take part in the annual Telluride Rundola foot race. For art lovers, there is the annual Telluride Plain Air Festival that runs for a week over the Fourth of July.
Here is a snapshot of other things that are happening over the weekend:
Red, White & Blues Concert

July 3, 2.45pm (Mountain Village)

Annual Telluride Classic Rundola

July 4, 8am.

The Telluride Foundation hosts this recreational foot race that starts from the base of the gondola in Telluride town and finishes on the San Sophia ridge, 1,180 feet above town. The fastest competitors finish in about 20 minutes, while most people make it up in an hour or so. The race is open to anyone who loves to race, run & hike! An awards ceremony is held back at the base of the gondola at 10am. For more information or to register, call the Telluride Foundation on 970-728-8717 or visit their website.

Telluride Farmer's Market

July 3, 11am-4pm (South Oak St)

Every Friday during the summer, local farmers, chefs and artists converge on South Oak Street to sell their produce & crafts. It’s nice to cruise through around lunchtime and grab some lunch from one of the many vendors.

Telluride Plein Air Festival

June 29 - July 5

A celebration of outdoor painting, the Telluride Plein Air Festival hosted it’s inaugural event in 2003, and has become an indispensable part of the the Independence Day festivities. Hosted by the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the festival showcases some of the nations top plein air artists. The schedule includes a two-hour quick draw competition, followed by the VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting featuring each artists favorite piece of the week. The celebration culminates in a two-day sale, where the artists display the art they created all week long.

Telluride Musicfest

June 24 - July 5

The 13th annual Telluride MusicFest will be happening again in 2015 from June 24 through July 5 and features world class chamber musicians. This year’s theme is “Brahms and Romanticism” and is described by the organizers on the website as follows;

“This year's festival highlights the Romantic era of classical music, with a special focus on one of its greatest composers, Johannes Brahms.  In performances of masterworks by Brahms, Schubert, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Dohnányi, Turina and Schumann, Trio Solisti and guest artists bring us on a rich journey through this beloved period in music."
Telluride Accommodations
If you are considering a trip to Telluride for this year’s Fourth of July weekend, call Telluride Rentals for your lodging on 800-970-7541. We have Telluride’s premier selection of vacation rental homes, condos and town homes for your stay. Our expert team can also take care of all of your concierge needs including restaurant reservations,   babysitting, grocery delivery and airport transfers.