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Resorts’ Fourth of July Activities Include Fireworks, BBQ, Music, More

July Fourth, Steamboat, Colo.

America celebrates Fourth of July at ski resorts around the U.S. from the Northeast to the Midwest to the Rockies to the West Coast. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in your area.


The 8th annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival returns to Lake Placid July 4-6, benefitting the community’s Thomas Shipman Youth Center. The I Love BBQ Junior World Championship is July 5; the New York State Championship July 6. 


The junior worlds compete for $20,000 in scholarship money from Paul Smith’s College plus $4,000 from the event’s organizing committee. Attendees can sample BBQ offerings all weekend including a pulled pork tasting July 4 from 1-3 p.m. and the Rib Fest July 5 from 1-3 p.m., each for a $3 per person fee. Daily admission is $6 for adults; kids under 10 are free. Live music all weekend long.


Vermont’s Okemo Mountain says Happy Birthday with a Red, White & Blues Festival July 6. The concert features blues artists from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., including Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, The Chris Kleeman Band, Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band, and The Dave Keller Band. Admission to the concert, held on the lawn of Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn, is free. Lots of other activities to enjoy at the resort include the mountain coaster, bungee jumping, zipline tours and more, all in the Adventure Zone.


Mad River Valley’s Sugarbush resort celebrates the holiday with its 65th consecutive year of “wild, wacky, and wickedly fun parade, street dance, and family festivities,” according to the resort. There’s face painting and mountain activities from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., BBQ from noon-3 p.m. and again from 5-8 p.m., live music from 5:30–8:30 p.m., wrapping up with the Lincoln Peak fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.


Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, located in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains, is honoring the Fourth on the fifth. The fireworks display beginning around 9 p.m. benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. Admission is $10 per carload. Daytime activities include an outdoor DJ, magic show, food and craft vendors, and the Hickory Licks BBQ. 


Vail, Colo.’s annual Vail America Days is a family friendly event featuring a 10 a.m. parade starting at Golden Peak and ending in Lionshead, forest-safe low altitude fireworks (important in the wake of the Colorado fires), and live entertainment. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra joins the festivities with patriotic music. It’s also a happy birthday salute to Vail’s 50th anniversary.


In the mood for a Western-style Fourth? Then Steamboat‘s Cowboys’ Roundup Days in Colorado June 29-July 4 could be your answer. There’s a hometown parade ending in a big dance party in the street, Pioneer Says Block Party, pancake breakfast, free concerts, and the ultimate cowboy event: a rodeo. Rodeo action starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at Howelsen Hill.


Rodeo, Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah, is spreading its Fourth fun throughout the weekend. The Deer Valley Music Festival features patriotic songs and the iconic “1812 Overture,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Canyons Resort presents its annual bash of live music and fireworks, July 3. 


Rodeo fans will enjoy the 79th annual local Oakley Rodeo beginning at 8 p.m. July 3-6. July 4 is a day and night full of offerings, including a pancake breakfast, fun run, parade with over 70 floats, food, live music, games and children’s activities. The day concludes with fireworks at Park City Mountain Resort at dusk.


California’s Big Bear Valley holds its Fireworks Spectacular July 4. Fireworks explode at 7,000 feet above Big Bear Lake giving you twice the show: in the sky and reflected in the water. The show is free and can be viewed from around the valley.


Photos: Top: July Fourth, Steamboat, Colo.; Bottom: Rodeo, Park City, Utah

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