It’s infamous, maybe even notorious as Elk Avenue closes down on July 4th for the wildest, rowdiest 4th of July Celebration in the Rockies. What starts as a traditional Independence Day Parade with an eclectic CB twist, ends in a once experienced, never-forgotten water fight free for all as the CB Fire Dept. rides in.

Town of Crested Butte
7:00 am to 11:00 am – Pancake Breakfast
9:00 am – Parade floats begin lining up and checking in.
10:00 am – Vendor Village opens.
10:45 am – Parade Emcee begins live commentary.
11:00 am – Parade starts up Elk Ave from the 4-Way stop, Beer/Wine Garden opens.
12:00 pm – Parade turns and ends on 2nd St. south of Elk.
12:15 pm – DJ Red spins tune at 3rd St and Elk.
12:30 pm – Waterworld on Beckwith Ave at the end of 1st St.
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm – July 4th Celebration and block party on Elk w/ DJ Red.

Town of Mt Crested Butte
4:00 pm – Live music on the Red Lady Stage at the CBMR base.
9:00 pm – Spectacular Laser Show and Fireworks.

49th Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast
Date: Tuesday July 4th, 2023
Time: 7:00 am – 11 am
Location: Crested Butte Fire Station, 306 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Details: Join us for the 49th Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast! This event is a Crested Butte tradition you won’t want to miss featuring a delicious pancake breakfast, ladder truck rides, lawn games, and balloon art. Be sure to wear your RED, WHITE, and BLUE! We encourage attendees to bring their own reusable plates, cups, and cutlery. Proceeds from this event support the Crested Butte Fire and EMS Volunteer Squad, the High School Explorers Club, and Crested Butte Fallen Fire Fighter Fund.
Tickets: HERE

Vendor Village
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Intersection of Elk Ave and 3rd St

Details: Listen to live music, grab some light fare, get your face painted, and be sure to stop by our nonprofit booths to learn more about the amazing community of Crested Butte!

It's "Game On" as the water starts flying at the Crested Butte 4th of July Parade.


Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Elk Ave from 6th St to 2nd St

Details: Watch the country’s biggest small town parade march down our main street! Be on the lookout for our Crested Butte Fire Department rearing up the end, and follow them down to our new route off of Belleview Ave for an epic family water fight!

PINKAPALOOZA 4th of July Concert with Chancey Williams & Ward Davis
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Time: 3:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: I Bar Ranch

Details: Join us for the 3rd Annual Pinkapalooza 4th of July Celebration and Music at the IBar Ranch. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, mechanical bull, dancing, and end the evening watching the Gunnison fireworks! Chancey Williams & Younger Brother Band, Ward Davis & Band, Surprise Guests, and local singer songwriters.
This 4th of July, pack in the fun at I Bar Ranch while benefiting Cattlemens Days Gunnison Tough (TETWP) and The Gunnison Valley Hospital Foundation.
Tickets: HERE

Laser Show & Fireworks
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Red Lady Stage at CBMR Base Area

Details: The Town of Mt. Crested Butte is proud to present a new kind of July 4th show! Due to a combination of moving towards becoming a more sustainable and eco-friendly town, historically high fire levels, and major disruptions in supply chain the Town of Mt Crested Butte will be hosting its first 4th of July Laser show! A live DJ will play from 7pm to 10 pm and the laser show will start at 9 pm. Catch it all at the Red Lady Stage at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! This is an all ages event and alcohol will be available for those 21+. This show will not be visible from town. Best viewing will be from the Red Lady Stage at the CBMR Base Area. Hosted by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte.

Independence Day Holiday Events in the Valley