Mammoth Lakes’ Fourth of July Celebrations
Jun 06, 2023
Independence Day is one of the most popular times during the summer months for visiting Mammoth Lakes. With 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.
Check out the Mammoth Lakes 4th of July map to see where all the holiday fun is happening in town.
Things to Do on Fourth of July in Mammoth Lakes
Chow Down on Pancakes
Kick off the day with a hearty breakfast at the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast runs from 7 – 11 am and includes orange juice, coffee, sausage and unlimited pancakes. Adults are $12 and kids 12 and under are $8. Tip: Bring a hat if you attend later in the morning as the lot where the breakfast takes place can get very sunny. You can bring your old glasses to the pancake breakfast for donation to Lions Club International.
Run the Annual Footloose Freedom Mile
Join in a one-mile fun run through town. Registration begins at 8am, and the race starts at 10:30 am 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 to save on registration.
Watch the Fourth of July Parade
The festivities continue at the annual 4th of July parade through town. Set up chairs along Old Mammoth Road or Main Street to view the parade, which includes music, entertainment and floats sponsored by local businesses. Walking, biking or taking public transportation are the best ways to get to the parade, as parking along the parade route is limited. The parade kicks off at 11 am and runs through 1 pm.
For an elevated experience, look no further than the 4th of July VIP party. Enjoy a shaded, premiere parade viewing party with beer, soft drinks and a 4th of July style lunch provided. Cocktails will also be available for purchase. The party will be hosted at Sierra Nevada Resort and begins at 10:30am (half an hour before parade start time) and ends at 1:30pm. $40 Per Person • $25 for children 12 and under; Free for children 2 and under.
Enjoy Pops in the Park
After the parade, head to Shady Rest Park for a performance by a 40-45 piece orchestra. The event starts at 2 p.m. and runs for about an hour. Chamber Music Unbound will be showcasing all your favorite tunes in this beautiful setting among the trees. As a special treat for 2023, the Eastern Sierra Community Choir will join the band for a set of songs. Please note that parking at the park is extremely limited. Walking is highly suggested.
Shop for Local Art
Throughout the weekend, local and regional artists display their work at the Mono Arts Council’s Arts on the 4th art show in the parking lot of Footloose Sports. More than 70 local artists showcase items such as handcrafted jewelry, log furniture, handmade clothing, photography, stained glass, pottery, home and garden metalwork, paintings, homemade bath products and more. While you shop, enjoy beer and cocktails, live music and food. The art festival runs throughout the holiday weekend and is the largest fundraiser for the Mono Arts Council all year long.
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 early before the show begins at 9:15 pm. 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. To listen in to the soundtrack to the 4th of July Crowley Lake Firework Show, tune in to KMMT at 106.5 or 104.9 FM on your radio or visit MammothFM.com to listen in via the online stream
More Fourth of July Events Throughout the Weekend
Festivities in The Village at Mammoth
Head to The Village at Mammoth on Monday, July 3 for activities. Starting at 11 am with ducky races in the pond, you can purchase ducks day of and take your chance to win some cool prizes – Proceeds benefit the Mammoth High School Cheer Team. Bring your chihuahua’s down at 2 pm to register for the chihuahua races in the Plaza – races take place at 3 pm. Finish out the day with Jelly Bread on the Village plaza stage at 8 pm and Fireworks at 9 pm.
Please remember that on busy weekends it’s more important than ever to take care of the places you love to recreate. Learn more about caring for Mammoth Lakes while you’re here.