Where will you be on the 4th of July this year? Do your plans include mouth-watering barbeque, rugby games, beer gardens, and a rodeo? If not, you may want to consider spending United States Independence Day 2017 at some of your favorite Travel Raintree destinations.
Telluride: Small town America
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than in small town USA? If you’re in Telluride for the holiday, plan to spend the day downtown to catch all the action. Telluride Foundation’s Rundola starts the day with an uphill foot race that parallels the gondola route. The big parade is at 11:00 a.m., which includes “homemade floats, music, and an airplane fly-over provided by volunteers from the Colorado National Guard.” The Firemen’s BBQ and family games in the park will fill your afternoon, and the fireworks show caps off the day with an explosion of color over the night sky of the San Juan Mountains.
Stay: Franz Klammer Lodge
Franz Klammer Lodge is located in the mountains above Telluride, a small but eclectic town that is an ideal year-round destination. Visit the town in the summer and you’ll find world-class mountain biking trails, golf courses, skate parks, and much more.
STAY: The River Club
An elegant western-style aesthetic and plenty of living space make The River Club one of the best places to stay in Telluride, Colorado.
Park City: Historic Main Street
Spend the fourth of July in Park City and you’ll be joining the locals in their favorite Independence Day traditions. Get up early and take advantage of the pancake breakfast in City Park at 7:00 a.m. An hour later runners will take their mark for the Cole Sport 5K Mountain Fun Run. Throughout the day you’ll have no trouble finding great food (barbeque), live music, children’s activities and rugby games. The 81st Annual Oakley Rodeo is sure to wow its fans and bring on the laughs as the cowboys and clowns take on the broncos and bulls. In the evening, Park City Mountain Resort hosts a free concert followed by a fireworks show.
“Take in a show, catch the rodeo, or an outdoor concert, enjoy 4th of July Parade on Park City’s Historic Main Street including a 5k run, pancake breakfast, parade, live music, rugby games, and beer gardens.”
Stay: The Miners Club
The Miners Club is a cozy upscale resort perfect for your next vacation in Park City. Simply walk out The Miners Club’s front door and you’ll be just steps away from the Waldorf Gondola, which you can ride to Canyons Resort.
Stay: Park Plaza
Park Plaza is a quiet family friendly resort that combines the very best of urban vacationing while offering easy access to Park City, Utah. Book your next stay at Park Plaza and you’ll be less than two miles from Park City’s Main Street, where you’ll find many of the town’s fantastic restaurants, bars, and shops.
Jackson Hole: American West
Has the American West been tamed? Come to Jackson Hole to find out! Their 4th of July celebrations start with a street breakfast off Town Square, followed by the Howdy Pardners Ambassador Club Fourth of July Parade starting on Snow King Avenue. Put on your cowboy hat and fix your spurs for the Town Square Shootout, “a lively reenactment of frontier justice on the Jackson Town Square in what is the longest, continuously running shootout show in the country!” After the shootout, everyone will make their way to the Teton County Fairgrounds to watch the Jackson Hole Rodeo. You can choose between two fireworks shows starting at 10:00 p.m.: Snow King Mountain or Teton Village.
Stay: Teton Club
Teton Club combines unparalleled luxury with rustic Western aesthetics to create an unforgettable vacation experience. The resort is located in Teton Village in the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, widely considered one of the best skiing destinations in North America.