Experience Independence Day the Ouray Way!
Very few towns in the country can put on a celebration quite like Ouray.
From morning parades and barbecues on every corner, to games in the park and the biggest water fight EVER, the fireworks at the end of the day are just the icing on the cake!
We take the Fourth of July very seriously.
Fellin Park is bursting with activity all day. Games and races, picnics and live music fill the tiny box canyon that is Ouray with a variety of activities for the whole family.
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.
You definitely won't be bored waiting for the fireworks as everyone enjoys live music and a laser show at dusk!
The schedule for the day is as follows:
6:30 am - Ouray Mountain Race Team Pancake Breakfast
Runners get a good dose of carbs as they and everyone else enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Community Center before the race begins.
8:00 am - 32nd Annual Ourayce for KURA 98.5
This 10k mini marathon is just what you need to get your blood pumping and support a great cause. You can register the day of the race, or online. The race begins at City Hall.
10:00 am - Ouray Fourth of July Parade
Parade participants begin to line up along 4th Street at 9:00 am, while crowd gather all along Main Street. There is no bad place to watch from, but remember, the closer you are to the floats as they pass by, the more likely you are to get wet!
11:00 am - Elks Rummage Sale, barbecue and Independence Day Karaoke
Enjoy some excellent barbecue, while shopping for treasure at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Of course, not much compares to singing your heart out to your favorite patriotic songs to a fabulous round of karaoke. Every one is a star when the karaoke machine rolls out!
11:00 am - 50's Themed Lemonade and Lawn Games at the Ouray Historical Society
Enjoy an old fashioned Fourth of July Party as you relax and enjoy outdoor activities at the Ouray Museum, Just the way it was years ago!
11:00 am - Free Kids Games at Fellin Park
Three legged races, a bouncy castle and so many more super fun activities for the little ones!
2:00 pm - Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights
At the intersection of Main and Sixth Avenue, join the crowds as everyone gathers for the famous water fights! Regardless of where you stand, be ready to get wet though! Teams have a tendency to spray the crowd, and of course there are times a team may lose control, soaking everyone in their path!
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Mountain Air Music Series Free Concert
National recording artists Fictionist are returning to Ouray, and will be headlining an outstanding night of music, lasers, and of course the incredible fireworks display courtesy of the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department!
Dusk - The Jeep "Glow Parade"
Everyone with a jeep can participate! Line up at the Switzerland of America Overlook above town, and decorate your jeep with twinkle lights and glow sticks. The parade starts at Dusk and travels down the hill through Ouray, to usher in the fireworks display.
Dark - FIREWORKS!!!
No matter where you stand in Ouray, the fireworks as the Volunteer Fire Department shoots them off the mountain shower the entire town in a display of light and celebration!
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, you will definitely be ready to dance the night away at the park, and sleep the peaceful sleep of a Fourth of July not soon forgotten!