Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

Celebrate Over A Century of Traditions

Whether you are joining us in Ouray to celebrate Independence Day, or you want to plan a trip for future celebrations, we want to share the complete list of fun and festivities for this year’s 4th of July. Visitors and locals of all ages cherish memories of this grand observance of the national holiday. Many of these activities have been a tradition since the early 1900s, and we expect they will be around for a long, long time into the future.

Isn’t it time to start a Ouray tradition of your own?

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*photo courtesy of Scotty Kenton Photography

Monday, July 1

The Wright Opera House Summer Melodrama: Dr DK Molar ~ the Devious Dentist, 7 pm, Wright Opera House. The depraved dentist, D.K. Molar, and his noxious nurse, Nova Caine, have crafted a dastardly scam:  after putting their patients to sleep with nitrous oxide, they remove the gold crowns and replace them with fakes made of fool’s gold.  The unsuspecting patients are none the wiser.  That is until Dr. Molar’s new receptionist, the lovely Flossy Dailey, starts chewing over some of the strange happenings in the office.  With Phil de Tooth, an upstanding young dentist, she discovers Molar is prospecting for more than overbites.  Molar, true to his calling, pulls a gun on them and threatens to drill anyone who tries to stop him.  Brace yourself for the hilarious climax (which involves escaped laughing gas!).  It’s guaranteed to be the most enjoyable visit to the dentist you have ever had! Adults $10 advance, $12 door. Students $5 advance, $7 door. Show @ 7:00pm / Doors @ 6:30pm.

Tuesday, July 2

Mini Makers with Claudia Brauer, 10-11 am, Weehawken Creative Arts, Ridgway. Little Artists will create and experiment with exciting materials to weekly changing stories and topics. We will work with paint, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and more. Art activities include a project inspired by the story as well as 2-3 other art stations and sensory bins (play with clay, sand, rice, ice, water, water beads etc.). Parents are asked to stay but let us deal with the mess while you enjoy quality time with your child, make new friends and connect with other parents! Tuition is $15 per week, register for one week or all! Open to ages 2-5. Pre-registration is encouraged, we must meet a minimum to run each week.

Second City Improv 101 Workshop, 1 pm, Sherbino Theater. The Second City's Improv for Beginners focuses on teaching the building blocks of improvisation to adults with little to no experience as they have a great time learning and playing with our touring company members.Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy's best and brightest.

The Best of Second City on Tour, 6 pm, Sherbino Theater. Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to town with “The Best of The Second City.” Sherbino Theater and Weehawken Creative Arts are excited to bring the renowned Second City Touring Company to the Western Slope for 2 nights of comedy in "Best of Second City". This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more--as well as their trademark improvisation. Come see where it all began during this special 2 night engagement. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. The Best of Second City will be presented at Montrose Pavilion on July 1 for one show and at Sherbino Theater on July 2 for two shows.

Taco Tuesday, 6 pm, Ouray Elks Lodge #492. All you can eat, $8.00 a plate. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm. 50/50 Raffle for ENF. This event is open to members and their guests

Evenings of History: "Remarkable Women of the Old West" with Gail Saunders, 7 pm, Wright Opera House. Join Gail Saunders, Photoarchivist of the Ouray County Historical Society, as she relates the history of some remarkable pioneering women of the old west.

The Best of Second City on Tour, 9 pm, Sherbino Theater. Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to town with “The Best of The Second City.” Sherbino Theater and Weehawken Creative Arts are excited to bring the renowned Second City Touring Company to the Western Slope for 2 nights of comedy in "Best of Second City". This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more--as well as their trademark improvisation. Come see where it all began during this special 2 night engagement. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. The Best of Second City will be presented at Montrose Pavilion on July 1 for one show and at Sherbino Theater on July 2 for two shows.

Wednesday, July 3

Generation Wild: Bird Identification Skills, 9:30 am, Ridgway State Park. For kids ages 8 and older. Learn how to identify birds by sight, sound and habitat clues.

Reset Competition, 6 PM, Basecamp Bouldering. It’s that time again! Grab your shoes chalk those hands and get ready to climb at the first comp of the summer There will be a division for everyone, so whether you’re a stone cold crusher with the shoulders of Steve Austin or someone just starting to get their feet wet in the world of climbing, you will be able to climb and have fun (and maybe win some prizes). Entry to climb is $10. Open at 5pm, and the comp will begin at 6pm. So, if you want to warm up before competing, get there a little earlier!

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Fourth-of-July Kickoff Concert - AJ Fullterton with You Knew Me When, 6-11 PM, Fellin Park. Family (and dog) friendly concert in Fellin Park to benefit the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. Local favorites AJ Fullerton and You Knew Me When 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 by Camp'Bells Cajun Cuisine Chef Adrian Musgrove, sodas, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available (for the adults…that is!). Cocktails, DJ & Food at 6 pm, You Knew Me When at 7 pm and A.J. Fullerton at 9 pm.

Lacey Black, 6-9 pm, SkyBar at the Chipeta, Ridgway. Known for her prowess on the piano, Lacey captivates audiences with her songwriting and vocal artistry.

Ouray Elks Bingo, 7 pm. Open to the Public, 10 games for $10.00, Cash Prizes, Light Concessions.

Thursday, July 4

Ouray School Pancake Breakfast, 7 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.

36th Annual OURAYCE 10K Race for Ouray Schools, 8 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 http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=68768

scottykenton fourthofjuly14 17Fourth of July Main Street Parade, 10 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 & if you have horses, donkeys or other animals in the parade, please make sure you can clean up after them). 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 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.

*photo courtesy of Scotty Kenton Photography

Ouray Elks Lodge #492 Barbecue & Build Your Own Bloody Marys, 11 am, Ouray Elks Lodge #492. BBQ Lunch: Held in front of the Lodge, starts as soon as the parade is over. Pull Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, $12.00 a plate. Water and Sodas will be available for sale too. 5th Annual Do-it-yourself Bloody Mary's. Club Opens At 9am-Until Fireworks. Bloody Marys $5 -Virgin Marys $3, until the all fixings are gone.

Ouray Masonic Lodge #37 Barbecue, 11 am, Ouray Masonic Lodge.

Brownies and Lemonade, 11 am, Ouray County Historical Society Museum. Step back in time and get some refreshments at the Museum.

David Mensch Live at the Goldbelt, 11 am, Goldbelt Bar & Grill. Catch original & cover acoustic rock and country right after the parade.

Ouray Hot Springs Pool, 11 am - 8 pm. General admission AND slides & activity pool including obstacle course, rock wall.

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights, 2 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.

Meet the Action Adventures Horses, 3-6 pm, Timber Ridge Lodge. This Thursday July 4th our #ourayhorsebackheritagetour will be the best yet. Our horses, wranglers, and even a few mules will be riding in the parade. After the parade you will find us at the Timber Ridge Lodge. Come join us at the best patio in town to meet the Action Adventures horses. There will be fun games, refreshments, s’mores by the campfire, Boogies Bratz will be on hand, and of course we will be giving away a horseback ride and Timber Ridge Lodge is giving away a $100 gift certificate for a future stay. You can register for the big giveaway online @ ride.actionadventures.net/fourth This is sure to be a 4th of July event to remember.

David Mensch Live at the Goldbelt4 pm, Goldbelt Bar & Grill. After the water fights catch original & cover acoustic rock on the deck.

Ouray Elks Karaoke, 6:30 pm, Ouray Elks Lodge #492. 6:30pm until the fireworks. Tours of the Lodge. Open to the public.

Ouray Community Fund 4th of July Fundraiser, 8 pm, The Venue at Citizen's State Bank. Watch the fireworks from the best seat in town - the newly-renovated rooftop deck at Citizen's State Bank. $50 per person, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 970-596-2166.

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.

Fireworks, Dark. Anywhere in downtown Ouray is the perfect spot to cap off the Fourth of  July with a spectacular fireworks display put on by our own Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. Marvel at the colors overhead while the booms echo down the canyon walls. We particularly love a seat along a Main Street sidewalk or in Fellin Park!

12th Annual Ridgway Summer Concert Series - Aaron Lee Tasjan with Tiffany Christopher & the Hunting Party, 6 pm, Hartwell Park, Ridgway. Join the Ridgway community’s favorite annual summer celebration. The entire series is free to the public. Events are family-friendly and include a popular children’s activity area for the little ones, chock full of costumes and games to play. Come early and take in the breathtaking views, mountain bike the local RAT trails, soak at Orvis hot springs or play in the river. Expect an evening of fun, engaging and trend-setting music, and lots of dancing. Several food vendors will be on hand, cooking up a diverse selection of locally prepared meals. In addition to serving local micro-brews, wine and margaritas are also available. The audience is welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnics. Please note, no glass or outside alcohol is allowed in the park. And no dogs will be allowed. The Ridgway Concert Series is presented by the Town of Ridgway and funded entirely by community sponsors, fundraisers and donations. Shows begin at 6pm and run well into the evening, with over three hours of live music.

Music After Dark: Farmer in the Sky, 9:30 pm - 1:30 am, STEPS Tavern, Ridgway. 

Friday, July 5

Vinyasa Yoga, 8:30-9:30 am, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Ridgway. Join Marcy for Vinyasa Yoga, Friday mornings, throughout the summer. Marcy guides students though alignment, movement and breath flowing together to create a synergy within your spirit. You will practice finding strength and flexibility, opening the body, as well as the mind, all in order to find what feels right for your mind, body and spirit.

Ridgway Farmer's Market, 10 am - 3 pm, Hartwell Park, Ridgway. Planning your day Friday? Be sure to include Ridgway Farmers Market. 10am-3pm in Ridgway's Hartwell Park. Please bring your reusable bags and come check us out!

Wilderness Survival, 7:30 PM, Ridgway State Park. Presented by Matt Brumett, "Rule of Five" Wilderness Company founder. Learn some hands-on survival techniques with a skilled expert in his field. He's been on National Geographic, NBC and has 2 decades of experience. Meet at the Ridgway State Park Visitor's Center.

Family Fridays - Movies in the Park at Dusk - A Wrinkle in Time, 8-10 pm, Hartwell Park, Ridgway. Family Fridays - Movies in the Ridgway Park featuring recently released motion pictures.  Movies at dusk. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket (and jackets!) and treats of your own.  In Hartwell Park (on the stage).  Free!

Saturday, July 6

Free Rides on RGS Motor 1 (Galloping Goose prototype), 9 am - 3 pm, Ridgway Railroad Museum. Enjoy free rides on the new track and the RGS Motor 1 (Galloping Goose prototype) at the Ridgway Railroad Museum!

Ouray's Rooftop Yoga, 9:30-10:30 am, The Venue at CSB. If you've dreamt of doing yoga with 360° mountain views, we have the venue for you! Ouray has a brand new rooftop location where you can expect a Hatha Flow Yoga class, linking breath and movement. All are welcome! No yoga mat, no problem. Rentals available for $2, please arrive early to secure a mat. Class Price: $15 CASH ONLY. Closest ATM is downstairs at Citizens State Bank, 600 Main St Ouray. Please dress in comfortable clothing for yoga asana practice. Light layers recommended so you can be comfortable during warm up and savasana at the end of class. (An indoor option will be available should it decide to rain on us).

Hunger Games Archery, 9:30 am, Ridgway State Park. "Hunger Games" archery events. Gear provided (smaller equipment for those under 8). Join us to learn a new skill or practice what you know! Meet at the Ridgway State Park Visitor's Center.

Guided Walk of Historic Main Street, 3 pm - 5 pm, Ouray County Museum. Guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street let by Irene Mattivi. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to preregister.

Geology of the Ridgway Area, 7:30 pm, Ridgway State Park. Join us for an evening with geologist John Mitchell. He will talk about the geology of the area and tell you where to find some interesting formations. Meet at the Ridgway State Park Visitor's Center.

Til Willis, 9 pm - 12 am, Silver Eagle Saloon. Singer/Songwriter, Til Willis returns to the Silver Eagle Saloon.

Sunday, July 7

Reading in the Park: Bears, 9:30 am, Ridgway State Park. "Reading in the Park" for young kids. Join a naturalist at a camper services building. Theme this week is "bears." Share a book, look at some bear skins, play a game and make your own book! Meet at the Elk Ridge Camper Services Building.

Teen Movies at the Wright: Baby Driver, 7 pm, Wright Opera House. Join us for Sunday Night Movies at the Wright Opera House. These movies are for the teens in our community but open to all community members! Show 7:00pm, doors 6:30pm. $5 Admission. Purchase tickets at the door. Sponsored by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition.

Brother and the Hayes, 9 pm, Silver Eagle Saloon. This awesome Duo will be performing Sunday and Monday, July 7 and 8.

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