4th Of July


Crested Butte's 4th of July Parade is the Biggest Small Town Celebration Around!

Visitors come from around the world to experience 4th of July in Crested Butte! From our eclectic parade to our town water fight, there is always fun to be found on the 4th of July! 

Every year around 40 floats come together to form the biggest small town parade in the States! From businesses, to families, to classic cars, our parade has it all. Always bringing up the rear is the Crested Butte Fire Protection District with their ambulances and fire trucks, lights a blaze. 

Directly following the parade on the south side of town is our annual water fight! Squirt guns, water balloons, and fire hoses soak all those who participate in this water fueled celebration lead by the fire department. The annual water fight may or may not take place this year due to the current construction at Big Mine Arena. We are looking at alternative solutions but there is a chance the water fight will take a one year hiatus. We will keep you updated as we know more information. 

9:00 am - Float line-up begins
10:00 am - All participants must be stationed at assigned float line-up location.
11:00 am - Parade begins
12:00 pm - Parade ends, water fight starts (TBD)
1:00 pm - Water fight ends (TBD)


Float Registration is officially open!


Register your float here!

Registration must be received no later than Friday June, 16, 2023 at 11:00 am in order to not pay a late fee. Day-of registrations will be accepted with CASH only payment. 

Due to the reduced width of Elk Ave. with traffic calming obstacles in place, FLOATS MAY NOT EXCEED 14 ft. IN WIDTH. This overall width must take into consideration any decorative protrusions, whether rigid or flexible.

Registration Before/After June 15, 2023*
General Floats: $75/$85
Politcal Floats: $300/$350
*Current Chamber members in good standing will receive $10 off their registration cost. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to