Experience Independence Day the Ouray Way!

Since the early 1900’s, Ouray has observed the Fourth of July with fun and often different ways.

Every year, all of Main Street is closed for a couple of hours, while teams battle with fire hoses. The streets are filled with onlookers. To watch the water fights, you cannot be faint of heart, or afraid of getting wet. Usually, the entire crowd gets drenched at least once when the losing team drops their hose and water sprays far and wide.

Long before the water fights though, there is a 10K and pancake breakfast, followed by a loud and raucous parade, and a variety of places for barbecues and rummage sales. 

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:


6 PM: Lacey Black Live at the Sky Bar! @ Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway
5 PM – 11 PM: Ouray Volunteer FD Concert in the Park – AJ Fullerton with You Knew Me When, $5 entry, Fellin Park, Ouray, CO

THURSDAY, 7/4/19

6:30 AM – Ouray School Pancake Breakfast, Ouray Community Center
8 AM – Ourayce 10K – start at Ouray Community Center in Ouray
10 AM – Ouray Fourth of July Main Street Parade.
11 AM – Free kids games in Fellin Park with the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department
11 AM July 4th Mensch at Goldbelt – 2 Shows – Ouray
11 AM – Elks Club BBQ, Building Tours & Independence Day Karaoke
11 AM – Lemonade and Lawn Games at the Ouray County Historical Museum
2 PM – Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights. At the intersection of Main and Sixth Avenue.
6 PM Ridgway Concert Series 2019 – Aaron Lee Tasjan w/ Hunting Party at Hartwell Park in Ridgway (no dogs, no outside alcohol, free)
8:45 PM: Dusk: Jeep “Glow” Parade. Line up at the Switzerland of America Overlook at 8:30 PM.
Dark: Ouray’s Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 PM Music After Dark – “Farmer in the Sky” at STEPS Tavern in Ridgway

FRIDAY 7/5/19

10 AM – 3 PM: Ridgway Farmer’s Market @ Hartwell Park, Ridgway
5-9 PM: First Friday Ridgway — All over Ridgway with specials, fun, live music, art open houses and more!
5-9 PM: First Friday at the 610 Arts Collective! Meet the Artist, Gary Ratcliff and enjoy live music from OCPAG on the sidewalk!
8:45 PM (DUSK) Family Fridays – Movies in the Park at Dusk – A Wrinkle in Time at Hartwell Park in Ridgway, Colorado

SATURDAY, 7/6/19

9 AM: community yoga in the Park, Fellin Park in Ouray!
7 PM: Melodrama: DK MOLAR at the Wright Opera House, Ouray
8:30 PM – Anthill Films’ “Return To Earth” at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway


As you can see, there are so many activities in Ouray on the Fourth of July, you certainly won’t get bored, but once the fireworks are over, there are still a plethora of fun activities all weekend for a Fourth of July experience not soon forgotten!


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