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Buena Vista’s northern neighbor, Leadville is channeling its “highest-elevation, incorporated city in North America” designation by elevating its Independence Day celebrations.

July 4th falls on Thursday this year, the perfect opportunity say, city leaders, for visitors to come early or stay late and make the holiday an extended vacation.

Leadville will kick off the 4th of July day’s celebrations with the Firecracker 5K run beginning at 8:30 a.m. Leadville’s town parade will commence at 10 a.m., proceeding along historic Harrison Avenue. At dusk, visitors can join locals to take in the fireworks show with Colorado’s two tallest peaks, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, forming a magnificent backdrop for the pyrotechnic display.

Events leading up to and following the 4th of July include a newly implemented run and bike relay and 15-mile races, a children’s duathlon and concerts in the Tabor Opera House.

On Sunday, June 30, consider attending “A Day with the Tabors”, running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, “A Day with the Tabors” raises funds to help preserve the hoist house at the historic Matchless Mine.

The event includes tours of the Tabor Home all day, author readings and signings at the Matchless Mine from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as a free performance by the 101st Army Band in the Tabor Opera House at 2 p.m.

Additionally, a cookout at the Matchless Mine will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cookout is cash-only. So bring a few bills to purchase lunch.

Nationally renowned artists will perform at the Tabor Opera House over the holiday weekend. On Friday, July 5, opera singers Jill and Jake Gardner will be accompanied by pianist Andrew Bisantz.

On Saturday, July 6 at the Tabor, Aaron Lee Tasjan will perform glammy, jingle-jangle, power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds from his younger days. Then he was playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls.

Also on Saturday, July 6 is the Silver Rush 50 RUN, part of the Leadville Race Series. This grueling trek takes racers through 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 elevation, reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions.

Sunday, July 7 features the Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB race. This race is half of the famed Leadville Trail 100 MTB, only it eliminates the easy portions! Instead, the Silver Rush 50 MTB offers technical descents, burning lungs and wild animals.

If you have additional questions or wish to view additional activities Leadville offers, visit Leadville’s website.