Mammoth Lakes’ 4th of July Celebrations

Post written by Meghan Miranda, Content Marketing Manager for

Independence Day is the most popular summer weekend for visiting Mammoth Lakes. And with all of the exciting activities and peak summer weather, it’s no wonder these mountains are the place to be over the holiday.

If you’re headed to Mammoth Lakes this Fourth of July, make these town traditions part of your holiday celebrations.


Skiing into the summer isn’t a novelty for Mammoth Mountain. But there’s something about skiing on the Fourth of July that brings tons of excitement to the slopes. First chair starts at 7:30am, so get an early start to be one of the first on the mountain. After you’ve had your fill of runs, head to the summit for beer, a DJ and lots of swag (think: your last chance to score a Mammoth beanie). Shorts, bathing suit tops and other summer attire are strongly encouraged.


Whether you’re kicking off the day with a hardy breakfast or craving carbs after a morning on the mountain, the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is a 4th of July tradition you won’t want to miss. The breakfast runs from 7am to 11am and includes orange juice, coffee, sausage and unlimited pancakes. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids.


Join in a one-mile fun run through town. The race starts at 10:30am at the Snowcreek Resort driving range and follows the parade route down Old Mammoth Road to Footloose Sports on the corner of Old Mammoth Road and Main Street. Sign up in advance for $25 or register on the day of the race for $35.


The festivities continue at the annual parade through town. Set up chairs along Old Mammoth Road or Main Street to view the parade, which includes floats sponsored by local businesses, music and entertainment. Walking, biking or taking the town public transportation are the best ways to get to the parade, as parking along the parade route is limited. The parade kicks off at 11am and runs through 1pm.


Stick around after the parade for an art show in the parking lot of Footloose Sports. Over 70 local artist have booths at the event, which features handcrafted jewelry, log furniture, handmade clothing, photography, stained glass, pottery, home and garden metal work, paintings, homemade bath products and more. While you shop, enjoy beer and cocktails, live music and food. The show runs through the weekend from 10am to 6pm and then from 9am to 5pm on the Fourth of July.


For a traditional all-American cookout, head to The Village at Mammoth, where burgers and dogs will be coming off the grills from 1pm to 5pm. While you’re feasting, enjoy live music by folk rock band The Battlefield from 1pm to 3pm. In addition to the cookout on the Fourth of July, The Village is hosting holiday events throughout the weekend, including rubber ducky races, Chihuahua races, kids activities and more.


Independence day wouldn’t be complete without a fireworks show. The event takes place at Crowley Lake to minimize fire risk. Head down to Crowley Lake before the show begins at 9:15pm. Admission is $25 per car, RV or truck. Or you can walk or bike to the event for $5 per person. The 20-minute show features over 700 fireworks and is the perfect way to wrap up the holiday.

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Get Ready for Chinese Visitation with China Union Pay

Chamber member School Spirit Pays provides an easy and seamless solution for accepting China Union Pay, one of the most common payment methods used by Chinese visitors. The biggest takeaway from our recent Global Ready China Seminar is that this market is arriving in big numbers fast, and our local businesses need to be ready to welcome them in many ways, including looking into taking Chinese visitors’ forms of payment. It’s a simple process to set this up, says Don Paris, founder of School Spirit Pays, and all you need to get started is an internet connection.

School Spirit Pays can provide businesses with a link and a log in to accept China Union Pay. The transaction screen will be in Mandarin Chinese – simple for the customer to understand – and the transaction will be taken as merchants are used to. There is usually a delay of two business days for funds to be transferred, but it’s a secure and reliable process. Since it’s all through the Chinese government, rates can be a bit higher than for American credit cards. The set-up process is fast and easy through School Spirit Pays, and you can contact Don Paris directly to get your business set up.

School Spirit Pays is a re-seller of one of the largest credit card processing companies, and through this they give money to local charities. They match merchants’ rates to the penny, and they take a portion of the fees collected and give those directly to a charity of your choice. The funds must be unrestricted and must go to a non-profit, but which organization is up to your business. The company has a special focus on helping local schools, which is how their partnership with the Mammoth Schools NOW Education Foundation began.

Many Chamber members are already using School Spirit Pays: Holiday Haus, Carmichael Business Technology, Lakanuki, Petra’s Restaurant, Clocktower Cellar, Alpenhof Lodge, Mammoth Hospital, Sierra Sundance Whole Foods, Mammoth Lakes Foundation and A-Frame Liquor.

To get set up for School Spirit Pays credit card processing or to take China Union Pay through SSP’s system, contact Don at