As the 4th of July falls on a Monday this year, there are local opportunities to celebrate the holiday all weekend, including the return of the Telluride Parade to Main Street after a two-year hiatus.
The festivities begin Friday with Sammy Brue playing the Music on the Green Concert Series at Reflection Plaza in Mountain Village from 5-7 p.m.
At 19, the Utah-based singer and songwriter is already an old-timer, having made the rounds as a busker at age 10. Over the decades, youthful allegiance to such a gritty medium as rock ‘n’ roll seems like an increasingly eccentric endeavor. Brue’s fidelity to the genre is roughly akin to that of a teenaged Little Richard devoting himself to Tin Pan Alley and cruising around on a penny bike. Yet on “Crash Test Kid”, Brue’s second album, the music remains a channel of ardor and catharsis.
The free show, presented by Beyond the Groove and Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), takes place next to the Madeline Hotel & Residences, which hosts the second annual Alpine Cookout on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
As part of Auberge Resorts Collection’s Taste of Auberge, a new culinary journey bringing together exclusive partnerships with chefs and pop-up restaurants at select properties throughout 2022, the BBQ will include carefully curated menus. Celebrating the spirit of Southwestern cuisine, the ticketed event will attract culinary icons such as Salt Lake City celebrity chef Viet Pham, Texas star chef Dean Fearing, Phoenix celebrity chef Mark Tarbell and legend from Santa Fe Mark Kiffin, who will collaborate with the resort’s executive chef, Bill Greenwood, on a specially curated menu, including Pham’s famous signature Pretty Bird hot chicken sandwich. Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Iinnii Initiative, which works with the Blackfoot Confederacy to regenerate free-ranging iinnii (bison). Visit aubergeresorts.com/madeline for more information.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the 4th of July parade along Colorado Avenue begins with a flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The first holiday parade since the pandemic began once again welcomes floats and local groups who will be recognized as they descend Main Street. Winners in 12 categories will be announced at the courthouse after the parade. Categories include Best Adult Float, Kid Float, Dogs, and Horses. Each winner will receive a trophy. For more information and to register a group, visit telluride4thofjulyparade.com.
At the Transfer Warehouse later that night at 7 p.m., Ralph Dinosaur will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, visit telluridearts.ticketspice.com/ralph-dinosaur.
The Telluride Fire Protection District had previously announced there would be fireworks on Saturday night, due to persistent drought conditions.
On Sundays and Mondays, Mountain Village hosts the annual Red, White and Blue Celebration with a variety of live entertainment and fun activities for all ages.
“TMVOA is thrilled to continue to offer two days of live music and family-friendly activities at the Red, White & Blues Celebration at Mountain Village,” said Heidi Stenhammer, TMVOA’s head of administration and operations, in a statement. Press release. “We look forward to our members and visitors attending this wonderful community event.
There will be bouncy castles, face painting, balloon art and a Mysto the Magi magic show over the two days at Sunset Plaza, plus an ice cream party hosted by the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunset Plaza is also home to the main concert stage this year with live music on Mondays, 1-7 p.m., featuring local musicians Joint Point, Sean DeLand and Bob Hemenger. Dave Jordan and the NIA will complete the afternoon of live music starting at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to have Dave Jordan & The NIA back from New Orleans to perform,” said Teddy Errico, the producer of the Telluride Society for Music. “New Orleans is the birthplace of great music, and Telluride has its parallels. It’s also why we’re thrilled to feature other great local musicians on the Fourth for everyone to enjoy. We are so happy to be back and be part of this fantastic event.
Face painting, cotton candy, food vendors and more will take place at Heritage Plaza on both days of the celebration, along with live music by Bob Hemenger on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. There will also be a fun demonstration by the Telluride Gymnastic team. at 1 pm
Village Pond Plaza, adjacent to the Telluride Conference Center, will host the Salida Circus, as well as mini boat races, water balloon toss games, hula hoop competitions and chalk art contests for kids. children of all ages to show off their skills. Join Bazaa and the Juggler for mini Salida Circus shows throughout the day with performances at 2pm and 4pm
A mechanical bull will be available for the brave to test their bucking skills from 1-5 p.m. on both days at Reflection Plaza. Movies Under the Stars will show “The Sandlot” on Monday, starting at sunset.
“I have found no better or meaningful way to celebrate the 4th of July than to enjoy it with our families and friends in the most beautiful corner of the country,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “We are so lucky to have such an amazing team working year round to ensure that Red, White & Blues continues to be the best local celebration in the country and our community. I can’t wait to see everyone the low.”
The Red, White & Blues Celebration is offered to the public free of charge by TMVOA and is sponsored by the Telluride Society for Music and By Sutton. The event takes place rain or shine.
“Mountain Village is delighted to host another annual Red, White & Blues event. There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends than to take advantage of all the amazing activities at our places,” said Zoe Dohnal, Director of Operations and Development for Mountain Village. “Each year, the TMVOA team outdoes itself with jam-packed events and music. Last year we had a blast with the circus show and we’re so excited to see them again this year. Bring the whole family because there will be something for everyone in the family.”
For a full schedule of activities and events, visit bit.ly/mvredwhiteblues.
Joint Point and Dave Jordan & The NIA also perform at the Sheridan Opera House Monday nights at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus a $5 box office fee.
For tickets, visit sheridanoperahouse.com.