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Independence Day Weekend Celebration

June 30, 2017 - July 4, 2017

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Keystone is celebrating our nation’s birthday with a weekend full of live music, activities and fireworks! From fun family activities to bluegrass music and BBQ and Rocky Mountain adventure, Keystone has it all.  This is one 4th of July Celebration you won’t want to miss!


12:30pm-3:00pm | Kidtopia Face Painting & Crafternoon
Dive into some afternoon fun with face painting and crafts during this family activity! This program is a great indoor offering for kids after a week of being active out in the sun.

  • Location: Kidtopia Headquarters in Expedition Station, River Run Village
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: All ages welcome! Crafts may be best for ages 4-8. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
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1:00pm-7:00pm | F.A.C. Friday Afternoon Club
Start the weekend off right at Keystone Resort’s Friday Afternoon Club.  Head up to the Summit House to enjoy free live music, outdoor yard games, food and drink specials, and a breathtaking view!  Friday Afternoon Club is accessible via a scenic ride on the River Run Gondola with a foot passenger/lift ticket. Ticket is required to access the Gondola. Foot passenger tickets are available at the River Run Ticket Office and are FREE on Fridays from 1:00pm-close.  Call 1-800-354-4386 for more information.

  • Time: 1:00pm-7:00pm Free scenic gondola rides | 4:00pm-7:00pm Live music, outdoor activities, food and drink specials
  • Location: Summit House atop Dercum Mountain, River Run Village
  • Price: Free foot passenger tickets, live music, and outdoor activities. Food & Beverages available for purchase.
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: All ages welcome!
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9:00am-11:00am | Kidtopia Super Snake River Science
Join the Keystone Science School in discovering the wonders of Colorado’s waterways! The Super Snake River Science program will allow guests to familiarize themselves with Summit County aquatics, focusing on the biological and chemical aspects of the Snake River. The program consists of hands-on activities, including searching for water bugs and performing fun tests on the water from the river. Don’t miss out on the science, adventure, and family fun!
[ Note to Parents: Please arrive early, as we depart Kidtopia Headquarters promptly at 9:00am. Water shoes or sandals are recommended.  Kids will be exploring near and in the water. ]

  • Location: Meet at Kidtopia Headquarters in Expedition Station (River Run Village), before walking over to the Snake River area
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: Reservations strongly encouraged; Register at Activities & Dining Office in River Run Village, or by calling 970-496-4386
  • Ages: All ages welcome! Hands-on activities may be best for ages 4 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.


9:00am-11:00am Strider Bike Registration & Races
Designed just for the little ones, the Strider Balance Bike Races is a fun way for kiddos to start practicing their bike and balance skills early. Kids can join the races through River Run Village to vie for prizes awarded to top finishers!

[ Note to Parents: Racers are encouraged to bring their own Strider bike if they have one. Helmets are required for all racers. Free Strider bike rentals are available at Keystone Sports, while supplies last. ]

  • Time: Registration 9:00am-10:00am | Races 10:00am-11:00am
  • Location: River Run Village Plaza
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: Keystone Tent in River Run Village Plaza
  • Ages: 2-5 years old; Races are co-ed with age categories for 2-3 years old and 4-5 years old

11:00am & 1:00pm | Mountaintop History Walk

A unique walking tour at the summit of Dercum Mountain! You’ll learn about Keystone and Colorado, relating to our place in Summit County history. Your guide will share stories of Keystone’s transformation from a mining town into a world class ski resort, and so much more! Afterwards, feel free to stay a while and enjoy the view at our Summit House restaurant. Please wear walking/hiking shoes and dress for the weather.  Walk duration: approximately 1 hour

  • Location: Gather on Keytop Overlook Deck- Your guide will be wearing a cowboy hat.
  • Price: Free tour; Foot passenger ticket required for gondola access.
    • Registration: No advance registration required
    • Age: We will be walking for approximately 1 hour along the gradual to moderate Dercum Mountain hiking trail.

4:00pm | Meet the Rescue Dog

Meet one of the cutest crew members at Keystone and learn about what it takes to train a ski resort avalanche rescue dog from their handler. A fun and interactive meet-and-greet for the whole family!

  • Location: Kidtopia Headquarters in Expedition Station, River Run Village
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: All ages welcome!


12:00pm-6:00pm | Independence Day with Kidtopia 
Join in the fun with Kidtopia as we celebrate Independence Day with a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Face painting, Caricature Artists, Balloon Animals

  • Location: Decatur Field and Playground at Lakeside Village
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: All ages welcome!

12:00pm-9:30pm | Lakeside Village Independence Celebration BBQ & Activities
Relax and enjoy Keystone’s Independence Day Celebration at Lakeside Village, with an outdoor BBQ and bar from the Adventure Center and Edgewater Café.  Head out on the water with a SUP or paddleboat and take a few laps around the lake, and rent a bike to explore the recreation path along the river.

  • Location: Lakeside Village
  • Cost: Varies based on activity

4:00pm-5:00pm | Go Fly A Kite!
Take arts and crafts to new heights (literally!) with this interactive kite building and decorating workshop. All ages can enjoy participate, with step-by-step tutorials, kite supplies, and the opportunity to head to the field and see the kite take flight!

  • Location: Lakeside Village Gazebo, near the Adventure Center
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: Recommended for ages 3 and up, while infants and toddlers are welcome to watch!

8:00pm-10:00pm | VIP Party in Lakeside Suite
Celebrate in style in our VIP Lounge located in Lakeside Suite at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.  Enjoy prime viewing for fireworks with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Chef Carved Whole Roasted Suckling Pig & Gourmet Hot Dog Station.  For reservations and information, call 800-354-4386.


  • Adults 13 and over are $50.00 per person (Price covers entry fee, all you can eat buffet and one drink from the bar.)
  • Unlimited food and alcoholic beverages for adults $75.00 per person (Price includes entry fee.)
  • Kids 4-12 are $20.00 per person (Price covers entry fee and all you can eat buffet and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.)
  • Kids 3 and under are free

9:30pm | Fireworks
Free Independence Celebration Fireworks show – show begins at 9:30pm and is visible from Lakeside Village.


10:30am | Annual 4th of July Bike Parade
River Run is celebrating our nation’s birthday with flare. Bring your bike, tricycle, or wagon and join us for our popular annual bike parade. The bike decoration party starts promptly at 10:30am, and then line up for the annual bike parade at 11:00am.

  • Location: River Run Village
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: All ages welcome!
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10:30am | Family Nature Hike & Crafts

Enjoy a free guided family nature hike in the beautiful Rocky Mountains! Kids and parents explore the area on this leisurely hike where you’ll learn about the natural environment and history of the surrounding mountains. Throughout the adventure, kids will collect small pieces of nature to make a three dimensional craft as a personalized souvenir from their time in Keystone. This walk is a great introduction to the magic of the Rockies.

  • Location: Meet your guide at Kidtopia Headquarters in Expedition Station, Dercum Square (River Run Village), before starting the hike in River Run Gondola Plaza
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: No advance registration required
  • Ages: This hike will be on gentle terrain. We recommend it as best for ages 4-8, but all in the family can enjoy with some help from baby carriers and rugged strollers. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.


June 30, 2017
July 4, 2017
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