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Mapping the Best 4th of July Fireworks in Ski Country, 2015

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Braving the crowds for the 4th of July? We've mapped where to watch the best fireworks shows in ski towns from Stowe to Tahoe. But beware patriots: while you are celebrating 'Merica, make sure to do so responsibly. Fire danger in the mountains is no joke, and it's good to check with the local visitor's bureau to make sure the shows are still going off as planned. As any ski town local will tell you, high winds or hot temperatures can cancel a show faster than you can take down that PBR. Many high-country locales, like drought-plagued Tahoe, have also prohibited any and all firework or other pyrotechnic devices. The professional shows listed here are still on schedule, but make sure you check local restrictions before you bust out those sparklers.


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1. Big Sky Community Park

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Spotted Elk Road, Gallatin National Forest
Big Sky, MT 59716
Put on by the Big Sky Arts Council, the show opens at 6 pm in Town Center Park with a bouncy castle and climbing wall for kids, and Motown, Bozeman-based Tiny Band starting music at 7. Fireworks go off at 10:15 pm. The event is free.

2. Snow King Mountain

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400 Snow King Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
There are two places to watch fireworks in Jackson Hole, the first at the base of Snow King Mountain in the town of Jackson. The Jackson Hole Rodeo will get going at the Teton County Fairgrounds at 8 pm and fireworks start at 10 pm.

3. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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3200 West McCollister Drive, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-2292
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The second option for Jackson Hole fireworks is at the Teton Village. Latin favorite Calle Mambo will be playing in the Teton Village Commons from 8:00 pm to 10:00, and the fireworks will start around 10 pm.

4. Kings Beach Boardwalk

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8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest
Kings Beach, CA 96143
If you're in the Tahoe area, Kings Beach will be throwing down the fireworks on July 3, Independence Day Eve. The party gets going at 4:00 pm with lots of booze, food, and games, but the fireworks start at 9:30 pm, with plenty of space on Kings Beach State Park to view the show. You can also pay $15 to watch from a deck party at the North Tahoe Events Center.

5. Tahoe City Commons

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Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Tahoe City's fireworks start at dusk on the 4th and is best seen from Commons Beach - show up early to secure a picnic spot.

6. Incline Beach

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Lakeshore Boulevard
Incline Village, NV
The fireworks off of Incline Village kick off at 9:30 on the 4th, but keep in mind that all Incline's beaches are accesible only by town residents or in-town hotel guests.

7. Truckee

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Donner Pass Road & South Shore Drive
Truckee, CA 96161
Truckee will be hosting its 4th of July show on West End Park on the shores of Donner Lake. Expect good ol' fashion potato bag races and pie eating contests during the day, along with concerts before the 9:30 pm fireworks show. Tickets cost $6 each. If the beach is packed, take to the hills around Donner Lake to view the show from above.

8. South Lake Tahoe

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Lakeview Avenue, Toiyabe National Forest
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-5255
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South Lake's fireworks show starts at 9:45 pm on the 4th, and there are a ton of viewing options. The best view may be out on a boat on the lake, and spots on the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie are available, along with a variety of beachfront viewing locations.

9. The Village At Mammoth

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6201 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Fourth of July will be hopping in Mammoth. Don't miss the 11:00 am parade on Main Street on July 4. Fireworks will be going down in the Village on July 5 at 9:00 pm, along with concerts and fire dancing beforehand.

10. Crowley Lake Fish Camp- Mammoth

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1149 South Landing Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-8989 ext. 222.
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Mammoth Lakes' annual fireworks show kicks off at 9:15 on the 4th on Crowley Lake. Live music will be going down on Crowley Lake Fish Camp starting at 4:30. Admission is $25 for cars and $5 for walkers & bikers.

11. Union Arena Community Center

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80 U.S. 4
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-2500
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If you're in the Killington area this 4th of July, stop by the Union Arena in Woodstock for the fireworks, which should go down around 8 pm.

12. Sugarbush Mountain Resort

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Sugarbush Village Road, Green Mountain National Forest
Warren, VT 05674
While 4th of July celebrations will be held during the day in Warren Village proper, the fireworks show will be going off around 9:30 pm at the base of Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak.

13. Mayo Field in Stowe

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Weeks Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672
Don't miss Stowe's Fourth of July parade at 1:00 pm along Main Street. Setting up for fireworks begins at 6 pm at Mayo Field and the fireworks should run at dusk.

14. Stratton Mountain Resort

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5 Village Lodge Road, Green Mountain National Forest
Stratton, VT 05155
(800) 787-2886
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Along with gondola rides, hay rides, and live music, Stratton will be hosting fireworks in the base village at 9:15 pm on Saturday, July 4th.

15. Sugarloaf: Town Park

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1001 Carriage Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
Sugarloaf & the town of Carrabassett Valley will be celebrating the 4th in Town Park with live music starting at 5:30 and fireworks starting around sunset.

16. Loring Farr Park-Ogden

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Jefferson Avenue & 17th Street
Ogden, UT 84404
If you're around Snowbasin or Powder Mountain for the holiday, don't miss the fireworks at 10 pm at Loring Farr Park. Promoters claim it's Utah's biggest fireworks show, but it might not hold a candle to the demolition derby that goes down beforehand.

17. Park City Mountain Resort

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1310 Lowell Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-8111
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The parade starts at 11:00 am on Main Street, there is food and music in City Park from 12-4:00 pm, and music kicks off at Park City Mountain Resort at 5:30 pm. Park City's best fireworks will start at dusk at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.

18. Sandpoint City Beach Park

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Bridge Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864
If you're going to be near Schweitzer Mountain for the holiday, head to Sandpoint City Beach Park. Fireworks start at dusk at Sandpoint's City Beach Park on the 4th.

19. Beaver Creek

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40 Village Road
Avon, CO 81620
From noon to 5:00 pm, kids will love Stars, Stripes, and Slides, a festival of slides and bounce houses. There will be plenty of music in the evening, and fireworks will kick off at the Beaver Creek base area around 9:30 pm.

20. Vail Village

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Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
The annual Vail Fireworks Show takes place at Golden Peak at dusk, which is around 9:30 pm. There's also a huge parade from Golden Peak to Lionshead earlier in the day, at 10:00 am.

21. Howelsen Hill

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Howelsen Parkway
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Steamboat celebrates the 4th with a parade downtown at 10:00 am, and the Pro Rodeo Series that kicks off at 6:30 pm at the Romick Arena. The fireworks show starts at 9 pm at the base of the town ski hill, Howelsen Hill.

22. Aspen Mountain

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601 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 80611
(970) 300-7014
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Aspen has a packed schedule for the 4th. The parade goes down at 11:00 am and there's a picnic in Koch Park from 12:00-3:00 pm. Fireworks will light up the sky around 9:15 pm over Aspen Mountain. The show will be visible from almost any spot in town.

23. Telluride Town Park & Campground

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The holiday kicks off in Telluride the Rundola, a foot race from the base of the gondola in the town of Telluride to the top of the ridge adjacent to the San Sophia gondola mid-station. The parade happens at 11:00 am on Main Street, and at dusk, Telluride firefighters shoot off fireworks above Town Park making for a display that you can see from almost anywhere in town. We prefer watching them on a blanket in the park.

24. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

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150 West Adams Avenue, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 547-3100
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With a 10K trail run earlier in the day, the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, and a Main Street parade at 10:00 am, Breck knows how to party for the 4th. Breckenridge's fireworks will start at 9:45 pm and shot off from the Gondola parking lot. They are visible from throughout town.

25. Frisco Bay Marina

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902 South Main Street, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424
After a parade at 12:30, the town of Frisco lights up the skies over Dillon Reservoir with one of the best shows in Colorado. Start time is 9:30 pm at Frisco Bay Marina, but you can see the fireworks from most places around the lake. Beware of traffic (especially on the dam road) when the show concludes.

26. Grand Lake

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Lake Avenue
Grand Lake, CO 80447
If you're in the Winter Park area this holiday, fireworks will be lighting up Grand Lake around 10:00 pm.

27. Whitefish City Beach

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Oregon Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
Whitefish's fireworks will be going off over the lake starting a little after dusk, which may be close to 10:30 on the 4th. Best seen from the water or City Beach.

28. Sun Valley's Wood River High School

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Fox Acres Drive
Hailey, ID 83333
(208) 578-5020
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Sun Valley area folks will want to head down to Hailey, where the explosions in the sky will start around dusk at Wood River High School, but will be easily viewable from anywhere in town.

29. Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Crested Butte Way
Mount Crested Butte, CO 81225
(970) 349-2211
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While the parade goes down at 11:00 am in town, the Crested Butte fireworks shoot off around 9:30 pm at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Head up early (around 7:00 am) for live music.

30. Taos Ski Valley

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116 Sutton Pl
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
(575) 776-2291
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With parades at 12:00 pm in Arroyo Seco and 2:00 pm in Eagle Nest, there's plenty to do in the Taos region. But we love heading to Taos Ski Valley for a rubber duck race at 2:00 pm and music to follow. Then head down the hill for a professional fireworks show in Taos at the Salazar Road Extension, usually around 9:15 pm.

1. Big Sky Community Park

Spotted Elk Road, Gallatin National Forest, Big Sky, MT 59716
Put on by the Big Sky Arts Council, the show opens at 6 pm in Town Center Park with a bouncy castle and climbing wall for kids, and Motown, Bozeman-based Tiny Band starting music at 7. Fireworks go off at 10:15 pm. The event is free.
Spotted Elk Road, Gallatin National Forest
Big Sky, MT 59716

2. Snow King Mountain

400 Snow King Avenue, Jackson, WY 83001
There are two places to watch fireworks in Jackson Hole, the first at the base of Snow King Mountain in the town of Jackson. The Jackson Hole Rodeo will get going at the Teton County Fairgrounds at 8 pm and fireworks start at 10 pm.
400 Snow King Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001

3. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

3200 West McCollister Drive, Teton National Forest, Jackson, WY 83001
The second option for Jackson Hole fireworks is at the Teton Village. Latin favorite Calle Mambo will be playing in the Teton Village Commons from 8:00 pm to 10:00, and the fireworks will start around 10 pm.
3200 West McCollister Drive, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001

4. Kings Beach Boardwalk

8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest, Kings Beach, CA 96143
If you're in the Tahoe area, Kings Beach will be throwing down the fireworks on July 3, Independence Day Eve. The party gets going at 4:00 pm with lots of booze, food, and games, but the fireworks start at 9:30 pm, with plenty of space on Kings Beach State Park to view the show. You can also pay $15 to watch from a deck party at the North Tahoe Events Center.
8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest
Kings Beach, CA 96143

5. Tahoe City Commons

Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Tahoe City's fireworks start at dusk on the 4th and is best seen from Commons Beach - show up early to secure a picnic spot.
Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe City, CA 96145

6. Incline Beach

Lakeshore Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
The fireworks off of Incline Village kick off at 9:30 on the 4th, but keep in mind that all Incline's beaches are accesible only by town residents or in-town hotel guests.
Lakeshore Boulevard
Incline Village, NV

7. Truckee

Donner Pass Road & South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA 96161
Truckee will be hosting its 4th of July show on West End Park on the shores of Donner Lake. Expect good ol' fashion potato bag races and pie eating contests during the day, along with concerts before the 9:30 pm fireworks show. Tickets cost $6 each. If the beach is packed, take to the hills around Donner Lake to view the show from above.
Donner Pass Road & South Shore Drive
Truckee, CA 96161

8. South Lake Tahoe

Lakeview Avenue, Toiyabe National Forest, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
South Lake's fireworks show starts at 9:45 pm on the 4th, and there are a ton of viewing options. The best view may be out on a boat on the lake, and spots on the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie are available, along with a variety of beachfront viewing locations.
Lakeview Avenue, Toiyabe National Forest
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

9. The Village At Mammoth

6201 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Fourth of July will be hopping in Mammoth. Don't miss the 11:00 am parade on Main Street on July 4. Fireworks will be going down in the Village on July 5 at 9:00 pm, along with concerts and fire dancing beforehand.
6201 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

10. Crowley Lake Fish Camp- Mammoth

1149 South Landing Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Mammoth Lakes' annual fireworks show kicks off at 9:15 on the 4th on Crowley Lake. Live music will be going down on Crowley Lake Fish Camp starting at 4:30. Admission is $25 for cars and $5 for walkers & bikers.
1149 South Landing Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

11. Union Arena Community Center

80 U.S. 4, Woodstock, VT 05091
If you're in the Killington area this 4th of July, stop by the Union Arena in Woodstock for the fireworks, which should go down around 8 pm.
80 U.S. 4
Woodstock, VT 05091

12. Sugarbush Mountain Resort

Sugarbush Village Road, Green Mountain National Forest, Warren, VT 05674
While 4th of July celebrations will be held during the day in Warren Village proper, the fireworks show will be going off around 9:30 pm at the base of Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak.
Sugarbush Village Road, Green Mountain National Forest
Warren, VT 05674

13. Mayo Field in Stowe

Weeks Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Don't miss Stowe's Fourth of July parade at 1:00 pm along Main Street. Setting up for fireworks begins at 6 pm at Mayo Field and the fireworks should run at dusk.
Weeks Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672

14. Stratton Mountain Resort

5 Village Lodge Road, Green Mountain National Forest, Stratton, VT 05155
Along with gondola rides, hay rides, and live music, Stratton will be hosting fireworks in the base village at 9:15 pm on Saturday, July 4th.
5 Village Lodge Road, Green Mountain National Forest
Stratton, VT 05155

15. Sugarloaf: Town Park

1001 Carriage Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
Sugarloaf & the town of Carrabassett Valley will be celebrating the 4th in Town Park with live music starting at 5:30 and fireworks starting around sunset.
1001 Carriage Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

16. Loring Farr Park-Ogden

Jefferson Avenue & 17th Street, Ogden, UT 84404
If you're around Snowbasin or Powder Mountain for the holiday, don't miss the fireworks at 10 pm at Loring Farr Park. Promoters claim it's Utah's biggest fireworks show, but it might not hold a candle to the demolition derby that goes down beforehand.
Jefferson Avenue & 17th Street
Ogden, UT 84404

17. Park City Mountain Resort

1310 Lowell Avenue, Park City, UT 84060