» July 2-5

The Pagosa Springs area is one of the busiest places in the Southwest during the Fourth of July holiday and Pagosa will be in full swing this year.

The Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Park 2 Park Arts and Crafts Fair will kick into gear on Friday, July 3, and will run until Sunday, July 5. There will be over 60 vendors in multiple parks at the festival. You’ll find artwork, jewelry, woodcarving, glasswork, weaving, unique gift items, specialty foods and so much more at the fair. The location is conducive to shopping as you stroll through the parks enjoying the crafts and tasty food items. The festival opens every day at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. While downtown, don’t miss out on the unique, local shops located in the historic downtown area.

While shopping, take a break on July 4 and enjoy the free concert at 2 p.m. at The Springs Resort with the Pagosa Springs Community Band. Enjoy the patriotic live music from the comfort of Centennial Park directly across the river from The Springs Resort or from the grounds of the beautiful Springs Resort. Bring a picnic lunch or treat the family to one of the many food vendors located at the Park 2 Park Arts and Crafts Festival. 

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The “biggest small-town parade” in the country, hosted by the Town of Pagosa Springs and Rotary, will be held Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone loves a parade and Pagosa’s is one of the very best. Arrive early for a seat along the route.

The Fourth of July fireworks will be held Saturday night, July 4. The fireworks festivities will take place on the fields adjacent to Pagosa Springs High School, on South 8th Street in the downtown area. To best view the fireworks, you can enjoy seating at Pagosa Springs High School or at Yamaguchi Park, located on South 5th Street. Gather family and friends, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the stellar display. The fireworks display typically begins at dark — around 9:15 p.m. This event is subject to fire restrictions and weather.

The 71st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, a legendary Fourth of July festivity, will be held three days starting July 2 and running through July 4. The rodeo will begin on Thursday evening, July 2, at 6 p.m and again Friday evening, July 3, at the same time. The rough-and-tumble rodeo, with regional cowboys and cowgirls, will present the final performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The Western Heritage Event Center arena is just south of the intersection of U.S.  160 and U.S. 84. Visit the website www.PagosaRodeo.com.

There is still time between all these activities to enjoy a barbecue, a hike or a bike ride away from the bustle of town — or to partake in any of the other fun experiences available in the area. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at (800) 252-2204 or visit the website, www.visitpagosa.com.