Georgetown has a long tradition of 4th of July celebrations. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that the town held sketchy bucket brigade races that were a beloved artifact of our wild roots. Today, the spirit lives on, just with lower amounts of mortal danger.
All Day: Georgetown Loop Railroad Rides
Check the schedule for train rides on the famous Georgetown Loop Railroad. The Georgetown loop runs train rides across a massive bridge, all the way up to Silverplume, CO. On the way you’ll pass the Lebanon Silver Mine, be sure to check their schedule for mine tours. You can choose between closed, covered and open cars from which to take in the breathtaking views of our beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Early Morning: Annual Tom Hayden Memorial 5k & 1k Fun Run
Every year, patriots from across the state line up to kick off their 4th of July with a run or walk around the perimeter of town. The course takes runners along dirt and paved roads alike, down around the lake and back through historic downtown. You can register for the Tom Hayden here or show up early for in-person registration – typically starting at 7:15am.
Late Morning: The 4th of July Parade
You don’t get more of an authentic, small mountain town experience than the Georgetown 4th of July Parade. From a marching kazoo band, to stunning classic and historic vehicles, local business floats, and much much more – the parade is indeed a site to behold. Kids are showered in candy, while parents laugh at the local culture’s antics. You certainly do not want to miss the Georgetown 4th of July Parade.
Lunch Time: BBQ at Georgetown City Park
Another cherished tradition is the Georgetown City Park BBQ. Typically kicking off at noon, the BBQ takes place at a park in the center of town – located at 1001 Taos St, Georgetown, CO 80444. If you’ve ever visited the park you’ve likely noticed a strange mound with a horizontal door on top at the northwest corner. This is the town BBQ pit! The night of 3rd, our local BBQ artisans start up a fire deep in the mound, tending to it with logs for hours. The meat is cooked and prepared for the 4th of July party. If you’re in town for the night of the 3rd, be sure to stroll by and watch them in action!
Afternoon: Park County Regulators Shootout Reenactment
After the BBQ, out comes the law. Back in historic downtown, the Park Country Regulators hold a shootout reenactment in the middle of 6th St. Caution: This is a noisey affair and may be difficult for anyone sensitive to loud noises. It’s also a whole lot of fun!
Live Music on Library Stage
At 6th and Rose St. there is a stage next to our town library. Here you’ll find live music waiting to keep you entertained while you take in the sites and sounds of Georgetown’s 4th of July celebrations. There’s a lovely park across the street and plenty of shops and restaurants for you and the family to enjoy.