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

Vendor Registration is finally open!

Register your booth here!

Don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the parade after party! The July 4th Parade and Block Party has the highest attendance of any event on Elk Avenue, with 10,000+ people attending each year.  

We are seeking food and beverage vendors, family-friendly activities and local non-profits to participate in our Vendor Village at 3rd and Elk from 10am - 3pm. DJ Red will spin tunes all afternoon while we keep the festivities going on Elk. This year's Vendor Village will also feature a beer and wine garden to keep the over-21 celebration going on all afternoon.  

Applications will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours of submission. All applications must be received by Thursday, June 15th.  

Booth fees are:
Non-profit: $100 ($50 refunded after event for non-profits who do not no-show)
Chamber Members: $200
Non-Chamber Members: $300  

If you have any questions, please reach out to