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Summer July 4th in Telluride

With everything from the Telluride Plein Air Festival, to the 4th of July annual Rundola competition, to the fire department’s barbeque in Telluride Town Park, to the explosive fireworks display that paints the sky once the sun goes down, there’s always something to enjoy during a traditional 4th of July celebration in Telluride. This year, however, due to the global pandemic which continues to spread across the United States, Independence Day gatherings will look a little bit different.

Most groups, including friends and family members who are lucky enough to be together, will enjoy each other’s company outside. With red and blue striped tablecloths, streamers, and decorative hats, the ensemble likely won’t change very much, but the activities will.

Here are three suggestions:

What you can do to celebrate the 4th of July in Telluride this year, even though it’s a bit different, you can — absolutely — still have fun:

1) Have cocktails at the New Sheridan Hotel, The Roof. With 360 degree views, umbrellas to block to the sun, a bartender to mix up your libations, and servers to bring you food, make sure you go early to snag a table as it’s bound to be busy.

2) Enjoy dinner outside on Main Street with the most epic views in town. There’s a new outdoor dining system in place: Grab a first-come, first-serve outdoor dining table, place an online order for food at one of the several nearby restaurants, and that restaurant will deliver your take-out. It’s easy, and enjoyable!

3) Bring a picnic down near the San Miguel River. Whether picking up the best meats and cheeses in town from Over the Moon, or ordering take-out from one of the Telluride eateries with accolades, one of the best places to go enjoy your tasty treats is down by the river. There’s no typical spot, yet ask any local and they always have a favorite.

So, proudly wear that red, white, and blue, and enjoy celebrating the independence of our nation. Just make sure you bring a mask — you’ll need one on Main Street — and have a happy 4th of July!

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