We had a great 4th of July up at Vallecito. We camped at Graham Creek campground on the east side of the lake. It has good access to the beach right from our site. We paddle boarded and did a little fishing from a ducky. The water was a perfect temperature for swimming! Vallecito does have fireworks on the north end of the lake every 4th. Overall it's a great place to spend the holiday.
Here is a link to more info on Vallecito Lake!
Besides paddle boarding and fishing at Vallecito, they have some great trails! The Vallecito Creek Trail is ranked #6 out of 161 trails in the San Juan National Forest! Here is an link to more information!
Another popular place for the 4th is Silverton, CO! It is rated one of the best and largest firework shows on the Western Slope! Before the firework show there is a parade, fireman water fight, live music, rhubarb festival, and more! Here is a website with more information.
Downtown Durango also has some great 4th activities! It starts with a pancake breakfast, a 5K run at Rotary Park, and then onto the fun downtown on Main Ave. The rest of the day is filled with dancing, parades, and fireworks! Here is a link to more info on that.
Above is an image of the back of one of my buyer's properties on Mushroom Lane. Mushroom lane is right on the river at Vallecito! What beautiful views!