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It’s A Bang Up Fourth At America’s Ski Resorts

Here’s a sampling of events across America. Check with your favorite resort for many more Independence Weekend happenings.


July Fourth, Steamboat, Colo.

Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort hosts the Great American Party July 5, 1-8 p.m. Admission is free. Event features music by The Native Heads and Blue Fox and Rockin’ Daddys, family games and activities. BBQ food is available for purchase, and the Adventure Zone (admission fee) will be open.


Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia holds its Homegrown Arts and Music Festival July 4-6. The festival is a celebration of the music, arts, and culture of Appalachia, with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Traveling Museum on hand. Three days of food, contests, square dancing, and fireworks.


Minnesota’s Giants Ridge Golf Course welcomes golfers July 4 with a $50 per person offer to play 18 holes on either their Quarry or Legend courses. Price includes cart, range balls, and yardage book.  Some restrictions apply and availability is limited. Call the Golf Shop at 218-865-8030 for tee times.


Vail America Days, in Vail, Colo., July 4-6, features food vendors, fireworks, parade, live music, street festival, and children’s entertainment. It is free. Parade theme is “Vail Welcomes the World”, and sets off at 10 a.m. at Golden Peak, ending in Lionshead.  Check out the full schedule


Steamboat Springs, Colo., celebrates July 3-5 with ski jumping at Howelsen Hill, Art on the Mountain at the base of the ski area, parade through downtown Steamboat, running and roller ski competitions, Pioneer Day Block Party, classical music, and fireworks. There’s also a Pro Rodeo and the Annual Cowboy Roundup Days. 


The 3 Ring Weekend at Copper Mountain has free events for the whole family July 4-5.  Kids can decorate bikes, skateboard or roller skates for Primp My Ride Kid-Powered Parade, July 5 at 10 a.m. There’s a solar bubble tower, stilts and juggling workshops, and hula hoop making from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nickelodeon’s Max (Max Schneider) takes the stage at 4 p.m. Other activities include the GoPro Rail Jam, live music, and fireworks followed by fire dancing. 


So. California’s Big Bear Lake presents a variety of Fourth activities throughout the area. The signature event is the “Fireworks Spectacular” July 4, 9 p.m., featuring exploding fireworks at 7,000 feet over the lake. The show is free and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake, or throughout the valley. Daytime activities include scenic sky chair rides to the top of Snow Summit, golf, and a carnival midway of games, craft and entertainment. A home-style BBQ begins at 4 p.m. 


Mammoth Mountain’s busy Fourth weekend includes a pancake breakfast, parade, Footloose Freedom Mile run benefitting Disabled Sports of Eastern Sierra, live music at the Yodler, and fireworks at Crowley Lake. There’s also an art festival with local and regional artists July 4-6. Enjoy a variety of performers or participate in the Ducky Race July 5. It’s also Mono County’s free Fish Day; no fishing license required.


Photo: July Fourth, Steamboat, Colo. 

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