It’s a hot summer. We already know that. So what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than a trip your favorite ski resort in the mountains of the West? Here are some suggestions.
Colorado's Steamboat Springs does the Fourth up right with an activity-filled weekend. It begins Friday, June 29 with the 109th Cowboy Round Up Days. Get in the mood by attending The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, a 10-week series through Aug. 18, for an evening of bronc and bull riding, Fri. and Sat., at 7:30 p.m. at Romick Arena. Check out 100 pair of cattle driven by local ranchers down Lincoln Avenue to the arena Saturday at 10 a.m.
The 11th Annual Art on the Mountain displays local and visiting artisans and their wares in Gondola Square June 29 through Monday, July 2. The holiday itself, July 4, is jam-packed and activities include a parade at 10 a.m. down Lincoln Avenue, followed by the Pioneer Day Block Party with free hot dogs, culminating with fireworks at Howelsen Hill about 9:30 p.m. There also will be live music throughout the weekend.
Utah’s Park City will be holding day-long events July 4 beginning with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Before the parade begins at 11 a.m. featuring over 70 floats celebrating Park City’s history, you can enjoy games, live music, and a BBQ in City Park.
Head back over to City Park immediately following the parade for more live music, food, beer garden, games and children’s activities. Treat your taste buds to a pie eating contest at 1:30 p.m. (ages 13-20) and 2:20 p.m. for those 21 and over. Fireworks can be seen at dusk at Park City
Mountain Resort. The 78th Annual Oakley Rodeo starts Wed. July 4 and continues through Sat featuring local cowboys, broncos, bulls and clowns.
Park City's Canyons Resort hosts a free concert by The Soulistics in the resort village at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
The 3rd annual Red, White and 2 begins July 3 at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. It features 2 nights of free live music and fireworks. Mandatory Air kicks off the entertainment with rock and roll jams July 3 in the Village Commons. Latin beats by Calle Mambo will be at the base of the Tram. Fireworks begin both days at 10 p.m. Jackson’s Red, White & 2 package starts at $77/night.
California's North Lake Tahoe celebrates the Fourth in a traditional way with a series of fireworks. It kicks off at Kings Beach July 3 at 9:30 p.m., followed by Tahoe City’s 66th annual Independence Day celebration at dusk at Commons Beach.
Tahoe's Incline Village makes it a week-long patriotic event with their Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities June 30-July 7 with fireworks July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach. Week’s activities include a patriotic chalk drawing contest, tribute to vets, flag raising, and USAF California Air National Guard Static Display. Truckee starts the Fourth with a parade, billed as a fun, kid-friendly hometown event 10 a.m.
There’s a fireworks display is at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. There also are a number of activities around the Fourth including BBQs, live music, and food vendors.
The Midwest’s Crystal Mountain celebrates an Old-Fashioned Fourth in a week-long event July 1-7 with a variety of activities for all ages. It starts with a full moon pool party July 1 from 8-10 p.m.; and a full moon chairlift ride from 9-11 p.m. July 2.
The Family Carnival July 3 from 5-9 p.m. is free – carnival tickets available - and includes games, magic show, live entertainment, kids bike decorating and parade, petting zoo. Fireworks over the mountain take place at dusk.
The fun continues with a Family Golf Scramble July 3 and 5 at 8:30 a.m., $20 per person. Additional activities occur July 5 with an off-road ATV Tour, tubing trip and Adventure Camp for kids. July 6 and 7 are full of other kid and adult things to do like camp, Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore Tour, wagon rides July 6; bike tours, volleyball tournament and kids and family camps (July 7).
Photo: Steamboat Springs’ Pro Rodeo