Event Schedule for Thursday, July 4


Scavenger Hunt

All Day throughout Downtown Durango

Take a tour through the decorated storefronts of Downtown Durango in search of clues to win the 4th of July Scavenger Hunt! The Scavenger Hunt starts at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 3 and ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 6.

Participants can pick up a Scavenger Hunt map at the Durango Welcome Center, any decorated storefront or download a copy here. At each clue location a number or letter will be provided to solve the final riddle. Participants turn in their completed maps to the Welcome Center by 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 6.

A winner will be picked at random from qualifying entries.


Paint a Patriotic Mural

All Day at Hermosa Café

You, too, can be an artist! Saunter over to Hermosa Café and pick up a paintbrush to participate in the community mural. Each year Hermosa Café provides a huge canvas, paints and some outlines to create a Patriotic Mural.

Fun for adults – and also great for kids while adults are having tea and coffee! It is interesting to watch the picture emerge over the four days.


All-American Gourmet Breakfast

Rotary Park from 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Durango and the Daybreak Rotary Club. Scrambled eggs, green chili eggs, sausage, pancakes, fruit topping, biscuits and gravy will be served. Tickets may be purchased online or by using the QR code on posters around town, or from a local Rotary Member. 

Adult ticket price is $15 presale or $20 after July 1. Children 6-12 $8 presale or $10 after July 1. First Responders are $10. Children under 6 are free.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


Freedom 5K Run, Stroll & Walk

Rotary Park from 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the City of Durango’s Parks and Recreation Department and start your 4th of July festivities on the right foot. Bring your whole family and all your friends to participate, and dress to celebrate Independence Day! All ages are welcome to run, walk, stroll or stride this festive 5K along the scenic Animas River Trail. The race begins at 9:00 am at Rotary Park. Participants are encouraged to dress in creative and patriotic attire. Prizes will be distributed for first place in 3 categories: 12 & under, 13-18, and over 18 years of age. Participants must check in at the Freedom 5K race tent between 8:15 am and 8:45 am. This event is free.


Southwest Civic Winds Patriotic Concert

Rotary Park from 9:15 am – 10:45 am

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Rotary Park to listen to the Southwest Civic Winds Concert. This full concert band plays toe-tapping patriotic music with some great surprise arrangements. You will feel like you are in the right place to enjoy and celebrate Independence Day! This event is free.

Click here to learn more about the Southwest Civic Winds.


Building Homes for Heroes BBQ & Bands Picnic

Buckley Park from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Presented by FASTSigns Durango and Local News Network and benefiting Building Homes for Heroes. Bring a blanket or chair to Buckley Park for a mid-day picnic and great music. Burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks are on the menu. A beer garden featuring Ska Brewing and Steamworks is available. Vinyl Lust will play at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by the James Kirk Band from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Activities for all ages include face painting, henna tattoos, Ruby Balloon, and a great cornhole tournament. This event is free. Participants must purchase their food and drink.


Play It Like a Local! 4th of July Parade

Main Avenue from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Line up early on Main Avenue for the annual 4th of July Parade. The theme this year is "Play It Like A Local!" Summer in Durango is all about us locals doing what we love: hiking, biking, rafting, concerts, festivals, campouts, and more. Expect some imaginative floats as well as bands, singers, cyclists, horses, fire engines and more.

The Parade starts at College (6th Street) and Main Avenue at 5:00 pm and ends at 12th Street and Buckley Park. Bring a small American flag to waive and stand at attention when the VFW Color Guard passes by. Judges and announcers will be on the 800 block of Main by the Main Mall. This event is free to spectate. $5 entry fee for parade floats.

Click here for parade entry form.


Street Dance featuring "The Motet" and "Desert Child"

Transit Center from 6:00 to 9:30 pm

After the parade, head straight for the Transit Center to celebrate into the night. The City of Durango and KSUT Presents bring you food, beer, dancing and two awesome bands. At 6:00 pm, Desert Child returns to start the party and get you on your feet and dancing. At 7:30 pm The Motet will take the stage to rev up the night. Arrive to eat and dance, stay for the fireworks! This event is free. Participants may buy their dinner and drinks from one of the many great vendors. The food court includes Ska Brewing, Tacos Carranzo, The Ice Cream Lady, Chef Safari, and more! 

The activities area features corn hole, face painting, henna tattoos, and Ruby Balloon.

Click here for more information on parking, what to bring and what to leave at home and a site map.


4th of July Fireworks

Transit Center from 9:15 pm

Weather permitting, Zambelli Fireworks will light up the sky with a big-boom fireworks show starting at 9:15 pm. The launch zone is the Durango Dog Park. Fireworks will be visible from most of Downtown Durango, and along Rim Drive, with the Transit Center is the best view area.