Wondering what to do this Fourth of July in Southwest Colorado? Look no further than Ouray! 

Yes, it has been dry, and no, we are not going to have fireworks, but the day is full of fantastic family activities, from marathons to pancake breakfast – barbeques, and water fights! Not only that, but the jeep trails and hiking trails are open and calling for you to explore the high country!

Fire restrictions are still in effect, but Ouray and the surrounding area remain untouched, and beautiful! The San Juan National Forest has been re-opened, allowing access to everything! This is the best time of year to visit, and we look forward to celebrating Independence Day with you.

Following is a schedule of events, for the week of the Fourth of July:

Monday, July 2

Ouray County Players Presents the Annual Summer Melodrama: “Big Trouble at Little Tomboy – or – It’s a Fool’s Gold if you Have it,” doors, 6:30 PM, showtime, 7:00 PM, Wright Opera House.

When hero Buster Fussbucket, and his friend, Tyke Tagalong pass through the Ouray area, they come upon a whole cast of characters. They meet prospector Ace Hardrock and his two daughters, Harmony and Wilma and hear how things aren’t so good for the Hardrocks. Even still, love blooms between Buster and Harmony. Later, Buster and Tyke meet Phinius Pendergast and his minion, Sledge, who have a worthless mine to sell. All forms of skullduggery and foul play insue, including salting a mine, tying the good guys to a keg of dynamite , outright double crossing thievery, and a mule chase that ends with honor and fair play triumphant. $10 Adults, $5 under 12.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Fourth-of-July Kickoff Concert, 5:00 – 11:00 PM, Fellin Park
Family (and dog) friendly concert in Fellin Park to benefit the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. Local favorites You Knew Me When and Ulterior Motive will keep you dancing throughout the night! This annual concert is the BEST event in Ouray to kick off the Fourth of July and meet up with all of your friends and family who are home for the holiday! $5 entry. Food, sodas, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available (for the adults…that is!).

Evenings of History, “Ouray’s Cowboy Band,” 7:30 – 9:00 PM Wright Opera House. 
Bands were an important part of late 19th and early 20th century towns. Learn about Ouray’s famous “Cowboy Band.” $5 charge, free for museum members and children 12 and under.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Ouray School Pancake Breakfast, 7:00 AM, Ouray Community Center
Get a solid start to your big day with the generous portions at this annual breakfast. All proceeds support the Ouray School.

35th Annual OURAYCE 10K Race for Ouray Schools, 8:00 AM
Registration from 7-8 am. Race begins at 8 am at City Hall. The traditional Ouray Fourth of July 10K Race at 8,ooo feet! A benefit for our local school that follows a scenic loop course from City Hall into the hills and back through beautiful Ouray. Entry fee is $15.00 sign up at UltraSignUp.com

Fourth of July Main Street Parade, 10:00 AM, Main Street
If you have a float or a party group that wants to participate, line up along 4th Street starting at 9 am (no throwing candy or other items from your vehicle & no water balloons, please). Or grab a great spot on Main Street for the show. This parade WILL have heavy doses of water, as usual. However, in an effort to help those who wish to stay dry, the East Side of Main (i.e., the side with Duckett’s, Ouray Brewery, Khristopher’s Culinaire, etc.) will be dry.

Free Kids Games, 11:00 AM, Fellin Park
Enjoy sack races, egg tosses and other old-timey events with your whole family. All events provided by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. Vendors will be set up in the park for refreshments.

Ouray Elks Lodge #492 Barbeque, Building Tours & Independence Day Karaoke, 11:00 AM, Ouray Elks Lodge #492

Lemonade and Lawn Games, 11:00 AM, Ouray County Historical Society Museum
Step back in time and get some refreshments at the Museum.

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights, 2:00 PM, Main St. & 6th Avenue
The annual showstopping event. Watch as teams of two battle it out with full pressure fire hoses of freezing water. Watch out for the water and stray hoses! Fun fact – the water for the fights comes from the overflow of our municipal water tanks. This overflow is what our local spring produces over and above local use and it usually overflows into the Uncompahgre River. So while it may look like a lot of water flowing down the street, it goes right into the storm sewer and right back into our local waterways.

Jeep “Glow” Parade, Dusk, Pull Out below Amphitheater Turn-Off, Highway 550
Line up at the pull out on the west side of Highway 550 below the Amphitheater Turn-Off at 8:30 PM (look for the Ouray Raffle Jeep to know you’re in the right spot). Decorate your Jeep with twinkle lights and glow sticks (some glow stick packets available for a donation to the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department). Parade starts down the hill and through Ouray at dusk.

The 2018 July 4th Fireworks have been cancelled due to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in the City of Ouray, Ouray County, the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison National Forest and most of our surrounding areas. Please keep our communities and forests safe and remember: no fireworks, no campfires, no smoking except in cleared areas in town and no open flames of any kind. Also, when you park on public lands, make sure you’re not on dry grass or brush.


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