Post written by Meghan Miranda, Content Marketing Manager for VisitMammoth.com
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.
GO SKIING IN THE SUMMERTIME
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.
CHOW DOWN ON PANCAKES
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.
RUN THE FOOTLOOSE FREEDOM MILE
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.
WATCH THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE
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.
SHOP FOR LOCAL ART
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.
ENJOY A COOKOUT IN THE VILLAGE AT MAMMOTH
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.
SEE THE FIREWORKS AT CROWLEY LAKE
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.