July 4th Week in Leadville & Twin LakesJune 24, 2019
July 4th is coming, and Leadville, Colorado, has a full week of holiday fun! North America’s highest-elevation town marks July 4th with small-town fun. Dash through a Firecracker 5k Run at 8:30 a.m. Cheer a rousing parade at 10 a.m. along historic Harrison Avenue. Cheer fireworks at dusk with a backdrop of Colorado’s two highest peaks!
With July 4th on a Thursday, you can come early or late for a relaxing long weekend. There’s plenty to do in Leadville and Twin Lakes! Here are some true-blue Colorado happenings the week before and after Independence Day.
Saturday, June 30
A Day with the Tabors
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us for a special multi-venue fundraising effort to help save the hoist house at the Matchless Mine! One of the most productive silver mines of the late 1800s Silver Rush, the Matchless Mine was estimated to have produced almost $2 billion in today’s value, making its owner Horace Tabor a silver king. Yet after 100+ years, the high country’s harsh winters and intense sun have taken their toll.
A Day with the Tabors includes a cookout, mountain man, gold panning, burros, and musical duo. You can hear a free patriotic concert with the 101st Army Band at the historic Tabor Opera House. Take historic tours of the Tabor Home, the Matchless Mine site, and Baby Doe Tabor’s cabin. Hear readings and get autographs from best-selling Leadville historical fiction authors Diane Brotemarkle (The Inner Life of Baby Doe Tabor), Ann Parker (Silver Rush historical mystery series), and Donna Baier Stein (The Silver Baron’s Wife).
Thursday, July 4
Firecracker 5k run
Historic Harrison Avenue
Set off from Dutch Henry hill near Colorado Mountain College and visible throughout town, including stands at the Lake County High School football stadium at McWethy and W. 4th St.
Friday, July 5
It’s a Grand Night for Singing
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hear songs and stories from grand opera and musical theatre including Tosca, La Traviata, and Leadville’s own story The Ballad of Baby Doe at Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House. Nationally renowned artists Jill and Jake Gardner will be accompanied by the impeccable pianist Andrew Bisantz. This is sure to be a thrilling, touching, and intimate night in a building that once thrived from similar artistic endeavors.
Saturday, July 6
Silver Rush 50 RUN
Sign on with the Leadville Race Series for 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200’ and reaches 12,000’ on four separate occasions. Or try this year’s new relay or 15-mile option! Either race will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding, and eyes completely amazed. You can also bring the little ones for a kids’ duathlon.
Aaron Lee Tasjan at Tabor Opera House
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Folk music fans, come see Aaron Lee Tasjan at Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House! Tasjan is known as one of the wittiest, most offbeat, brilliant Americana troubadours writing and singing songs today. But he’s about to follow his restless muse into glammy, jingle-jangle, power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds from his younger days playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls.
Sunday, July 7
Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB
Need a nice challenge? Then forget this mountain bike race from the famed Leadville Race Series. It’s nasty. Cut the Leadville Trail 100 MTB in half, remove all the easy parts, throw in technical descents, burning lungs, and wild animals, and you’ll have a good understanding of what you’re about to get into. New this year, try a relay or 15-mile option. And let the little tykes speed through a kids’ duathlon!
Visit Twin Lakes
Be sure to check out all the fun things to do at Twin Lakes, two of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes. In Twin Lakes village, visit the art gallery, restaurants, general store, and Visitor Center. Drive the jaw-dropping Top of the Rockies scenic byway up Independence Pass. Rent a canoe or kayak to float on the lakes. Bike or hike the Colorado Trail or venture by foot or boat tour to Interlaken ghost resort.
Ride the Train
Hop the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad for a scenic ride into the San Isabel National Forest. The train goes high above the valley floor for great views out to the majestic Sawatch Range and Colorado’s two highest peaks, 14ers Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. If you’re lucky, you may even see wildlife in the woods. The train leaves the depot each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Or grab one of the last spots on the Devils Tail BBQ Special Train Ride, July 5 at 6 p.m. Act fast!
Save with a Passport to Leadville History
With a Passport to Leadville History, you can see eight museums for one low price! Plus 10% off scenic train rides and Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours and lodging discounts Sunday-Wednesday nights at the historic Delaware Hotel. In this former rough-and-tumble silver mining boomtown, the Passport is a steal.
Extend your holiday by coming to Leadville early or staying late! Choose from plenty of things to do outdoors, like hike, bike, fish, and more. Drive the scenic byways or the East Side Mining District and more. Relax in a comfortable hotel, motel, B&B, cabin, or vacation rental. Join us this year for an extended Fourth!