4th of July

Street Festival & Vendors • Mining Competitions • Live Music • and More!

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Street Vendors, Beer Garden, and Farmer's Market
9am - Late Afternoon: Colorado State Mining Championships
      Hand-mucking • Machine (Jack-leg) • Drilling Single Jack
10am - Parade "Creede: "
6pm - "Young Frankenstein" performance at Creede Rep
6pm - ChuteOut Rodeo at Fairgrounds
8pm - Live Music (Dan West) and Glow Party @ Basham Park
: Fireworks (South of Creede at MntViews RV Park)
       Live Music at various places around town

Friday, July 5th, 2024
Street Vendors, Beer Garden, and Farmer's Market
9am - Late Afternoon: Days of ‘92 Mining Competitions
       Team Machine (Jack-leg) Drilling
       Spike Driving • Double Jack • Machine Mucking
7pm - "Importance of Being Earnest" performance at Creede Rep
9:30pm - "Boomtown" performance at Creede Rep
Live Music at various places around town

Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Street Vendors, Beer Garden, and Farmer's Market
7pm - "Young Frankenstein" performance at Creede Rep
8pm - Elks Lodge Dance
Live Music at various places around town

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The Mining Events: Celebrating Creede's History

It’s only fitting that Creede’s largest festival of the year centers around preserving the history of mining. Like many Western mining towns, Creede has always had mining competitions. When the area’s mines were operational, the events were sponsored by the different mining companies as morale boosters for the miners. With the mines being mostly closed for more than 30 years, the need to preserve Creede’s mining past is as important as ever. Creede is and always has been a close community whose residents pride themselves on the town’s storied past.

For more than 46 years now, Creede has hosted a two-day competition that draws mining competitors from across the Southwest region. The competitors are actual miners who come to Creede on July 4th each year to battle for the highly-coveted prize of “Best Overall Miner of the Year”.

On the first day of the competition, the Colorado State Mining Championships features a taxing gamut of events that test the skill levels of the miners both physically and mentally. The second day of competition, the Days of ‘92, has been a staple since the 1960s. When the State Mining Championships came to Creede in the late 1970s, the two competitions were melded together into one.

The different events, Jack-Leg Drilling, Hand Steeling, Hand Mucking, Spike Driving, and Machine Mucking, are designed to show spectators the daily life of a hardrock miner.

Spectators can enjoy the mining events every year in the Basham Park arena in downtown Creede. The events are free to the public and a permanent grandstand has been constructed for easy viewing. The events begin both mornings at 9 a.m. and usually last until mid-afternoon.

Interested in being a vendor? Contact the Creede Farmer's Market at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Kristeen with Parks and Rec if you have questions (719-658-2729).

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