4th of July in Frisco
If you are looking for an Independence Day in a quintessential and mellow small mountain town, then Frisco will fit the bill. With big town amenities and amazing outdoor opportunities, yet a friendly, small-town feel, Frisco is the ideal place to make 4th of July memories.
Frisco’s fabulous 4th of July celebration in 2023 will feature some traditional Frisco July 4th festivities, with some fun, new changes!
Tuesday, July 04, 2023
Frisco/Copper Information Center
Schedule of Activities – Tuesday, July 4, 2023*
8:00am – 9:00am: Free Frisco, Colorado Kids’ Fishing Derby
The free Frisco, Colorado Kids’ Fishing Derby will take place at Meadow Creek Park. Fishing derby registration is now full. The Frisco Bay Marina rents fishing poles if you do not have your own and is about a three minute drive from Meadow Creek Park. A huge thank you to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for stocking the pond before the fishing derby.
Thank you for registering your kid(s) for Frisco’s free kids’ fishing derby on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The fishing derby will take place at Meadow Creek Park (828 Meadow Drive, Frisco, CO) from 8:00am – 9:00am. The Town of Frisco partners with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to bring this July 4th fishing derby tradition to kids and their families each year in Frisco. The pond is stocked with fish.
- Kids should bring their own fishing poles. The Frisco Bay Marina does rent fishing poles if you do not have your own. The Marina is open from 8:00am – 7:00pm seven days a week.
- Bait is not recommended.
- Catch and release is strongly encouraged.
- The top five kids overall who catch the largest fish will receive a prize and have their picture taken for submission to the Summit Daily. Only one prize per child will be awarded for the top five; there will be no age category winners, just overall.
- There will be a few adult volunteers who are passionate and knowledgeable about fishing at the event to help as needed and to measure fish.
- Please keep your pets on leash or leave them at home. Rufus wouldn’t like getting a hook in his paw, and splashing dogs make it tough to catch the biggest fish!
Registration for the 2023 Kids’ Fishing Derby is full
8:00am – 11:00am: Team Summit Pancake Breakfast
The traditional Team Summit Pancake Breakfast will take place right off of Main Street in front of the Old Community Center Building at 110 3rd Avenue. Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast benefit Team Summit – $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and under.
1:00pm: Parade on Main Street
The 4th of July parade will take place on Frisco Main Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue. Don’t just watch the parade, be a part of the parade with an entry in one of four parade categories: decorated floats, vintage vehicles, non-motorized entries, and electric vehicles.
Parade registration is now closed. Day of registration will not be available.
Back this year – we will have a limited amount of entries available for traditional decorated cars or trailers (no more than 4 vehicles per entry).
We also welcome those who have vintage vehicles to join the fun and show off your car in this year’s parade (cars must be prior to 1985, no more than 4 cars per entry).
Everyone and everything is welcome in our non-motorized category, as long as it doesn’t have a motor! Including decorated bikes, dressed up dogs, people walking, horses, people on scooters and skateboards, people with cats… as long as it doesn’t have a motor… you get the idea.
New for this summer, we have also added an entry specifically for electric vehicles, so plug in, get decorated, and show us what you’ve got!
Frisco Arts and Culture Council Grant and Parade Awards
The newly formed Frisco Arts and Culture Council will be providing up to eight $500 grants to create artful and whimsical floats for the Frisco 4th of July parade. The floats may be motorized or non-motorized, and floats must register by the entry deadline of Sunday, July 2 for the Frisco July 4th parade in one of the four categories described above.
- Up to eight grants will be awarded to those designs that express a uniquely artful and whimsical approach to celebrating July 4th in Frisco.
- A simple design description and at least one sketch of the design will be required.
- Float creators will need to apply for the grant by July 2, 2023.
- Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis as long as funds are available and designs are uniquely artful and whimsical celebrations of July 4th.
- Grant recipients must register for the Frisco July 4th parade (above) and participate in the parade.
The grant application is now closed.
Artful Parade Awards
The Frisco Arts and Culture Council will also be awarding prizes after the parade to the most artful and whimsical 4th of July parade floats: 1st place- $550, 2nd place $350, and 3rd place $150.
- Candy throwing is encouraged! Confetti or any other materials that are not consumable are not allowed, as cleaning them up is virtually impossible in our beautiful town.
- Parade route – After checking in at the tent at Main Street and Madison Avenue, all participants will be lined up to begin making their way east down Main Street towards 6th Avenue. At the intersection of Main Street and 6th Avenue, participants will be turning right off Main Street onto a closed block of 6th Avenue to safely exit the parade route.
Immediately Following Parade: Activities on Main Street
Activities on Main Street (3rd – 1st Avenues) featuring a bike stunt team, balloon artists, face painters, a bounce house obstacle course, and more!
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Free Concert at the big stage at 1st Avenue and Main Street
Enjoy a free concert on Main Street with Yonder Mountain String Band
No Fireworks over Dillon Reservoir – The Town of Frisco has decided to no longer pursue a special event permit application for fireworks through the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee (DRReC) after the committee, which includes Summit County, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Denver Water, the US Forest Service (abstained from voting), and the Towns of Dillon and Frisco (voted in support), denied the permit in 2022. The permit was denied by a majority of the committee, which cited the impacts on traffic, watershed, and wildlife; ongoing major road construction in Summit County and on I70; anticipated fire danger; and a lack of consensus among the Towns and Summit County, as the reason for the permit denial.
*All activities/events included in the 4th of July schedule are subject to change.
An Old Fashioned Day With Friends and Family
The focus of 4th of July can still be on spending the day celebrating in a simpler, small town way with friends and family. There are many great ways to celebrate Independence Day in Frisco including backyard BBQs, hikes with family, fishing, getting out on Dillon Reservoir, toasting to our independence at local restaurants, strolling Main Street, trying your hand at disc golfing on our free course, going on a chuck wagon dinner ride, taking a bike ride on over 55 miles of recreation path or on miles of singletrack dirt trails, and challenging yourself at our free bike park.