July 4th 2023

July 4th 2023

Beaver Creek/Vail

The complete July 4th, Rockies celebration. Mountain lodges. Alpine villages. Crisp mornings, afternoon breezes. Aspens, wildflowers, sparkling streams. Miles of trails, dozens of galleries. Hiking, fly-fishing, white-water rafting. Rodeo & ranch visits. Gondola, trail & zip rides. Headliner concerts. 21st century "fireworks." Vail's nightlife. Golf, tennis & spa pampering.


Near bustling Vail's many attractions and social scene, the scenic village of Beaver Creek is a panoramic setting for conversation, exploration, exhilaration and relaxation. After morning programs, its summer activities address the interests of every generation:

  • Leisurely trail-walks through aspen glades or challenging hikes up 14,000-foot peaks
  • White-water rafting and kayaking down the Colorado River, tubing on creeks through the heart of Vail Village, and fly-fishing on trout's favorite streams
  • Breathtaking views from gondola rides to the mountaintop park
  • Horseback and wagon rides along scenic mountain trails
  • ATV, jeep & Hummer tours through alpine meadows' wildflowers, rushing brooks and abundant wildlife
  • Mountain biking, zip-riding at 30 mph, rock-climbing rugged peaks & outcroppings, and scaling the village's Climbing Wall
  • Galleries, shopping & the year-round ice-skating rink in the heart of Beaver Creek Village
  • Lawn games, gem-panning, and strolls through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
  • Red Sky Ranch visits, and concerts at the Vilar Performing Arts Center
  • Outdoor hot tubs beneath a mountain waterfall, and fire pits for toasting marshmallows under a star-filled summer sky
  • Wine excursions and unique dining with mountain sophistication & regional flavors
  • Park Hyatt guests have preferential access to a variety of nearby golf and tennis facilities
  • Music at every turn, and lively nightlife
  • Solitary hours, the guidance of expert guides, and the banter of new & old friends
  • The Weekend's ethos is welcoming alike to singles and families, to outdoor enthusiasts and more passive vacationers, to those who savor sunrise, al fresco breakfasts and others who revel in the nightlife.

Complimentary shuttle service, extraordinarily helpful hotel concierge staff, and experienced outfitters assist Renaissance participants tailor their optimal recreation around the scheduled programs.

There is so much to experience! Participants are therefore encouraged to arrive a day early and stay through the July 4th (with discounted Renaissance rates available for such extended visits).

Independence Day will be celebrated with free family activities, kids' games, bounce houses, arts & crafts, carnival games, live music throughout the afternoon, and a spectacular evening fireworks display. Then enjoy the Beaver Creek Rodeo which annually follows the July 4th celebration. In the additional time, enjoy more of Vail Village and Bachelor Gulch, as well as Beaver Creek.


Renaissance Weekend is comprised of hundreds of programs and shared meals in which participants with in-depth knowledge reflect off-the-record on a wide variety of current issues. Lively discussion by all participants is encouraged, and the tone is decidedly relaxed.

Each afternoon is set aside for recreation, including sports, mountain activities, relaxation and exploring Beaver Creek. Two meals "on-your-own" allow participants to sample local restaurants and dine with fellow participants and new friends, if they choose.


Participants' program assignments are based on information provided on the Participant Profiles page of their online registration, which should be completed as early as possible. Please email the Renaissance Weekend team if changes have been made to your Participant Profile after your registration is confirmed and before we distribute the Tentative Program. 

In late June, the Tentative Program and other materials will be sent to each registered party's lead participant, who is asked to share it with other members of his/her party.

Registration opens on Saturday, July 1 at 4:00 P.M. at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, where participants pick up their materials and the Final Program, and check in separately with the Lodge reception. Proctors and Moderators meet between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. The first program begins at 6:00 P.M. that evening at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

Early arrivals are invited to help with Registration and to notify the Renaissance Weekend staff of their availability. 

The program ends by 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 5.


Conversation over meals is an important part of the Weekend, and all guests are expected to participate in the Common Meals. Only children under three are not charged for Common Meals. The two "on-your-own" meals are designed to facilitate participants' enjoyment of Beaver Creek. Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for early departures or absences from meals.

Sports & Recreational Activities

Most afternoons — from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — are set aside for participants' personal and family recreation in Beaver Creek including alpine slides, ropes course, scenic chairlift rides, boating, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, tennis and golf. To inquire about or book an activity, please visit Lakota Guides and use group code RENAISSANCE23 to save 15% on activities. Many outdoor activities depart at scheduled times, and Renaissance Weekend programs run into the early afternoon. Participants should book afternoon activities on-their-own, directly with Lakota Guides, but please depart after Renaissance Weekend programs conclude to avoid any program conflicts. 

A complete Guide from the Beaver Creek Resort will keep you informed on everything going on in town. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Concierge (970-949-1234) can also offer insight into local events.  

Unwind at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek's pool, or explore one of its numerous hiking trails. Remember: you are at 8,000 feet, so please make appropriate adjustments for this altitude.

To explore Beaver Creek, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel. If you plan to extend your stay to depart July 6th or afterwards, please reserve your room prior to April 2023 to guarantee availability. 

Getting There

Participants arriving after 7:00 P.M. on Saturday or departing before 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday are requested to advise Renaissance Weekend staff. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek may assist with any transportation needs.

Eagle County Airport (EGE) is minutes from Beaver Creek/Vail and Denver International Airport (DEN) is approximately 2 hours (120 miles) from the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort.

Transportation from Denver to/from Beaver Creek should be arranged in advance. Discounted rates for Renaissance Weekend attendees may be secured with Colorado Mountain Express (970-754-7433).  Reference the group code RENWKD23 when booking.  Otherwise, taxi, limousine, and shuttle services from the DEN Airport and surrounding areas may be arranged through the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Concierge (970-949-1234).

A rental car is recommended for visiting and touring the surrounding area. Parking is available at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for $25 per car, per day.  

To explore Beaver Creek, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request (pending availability).

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is one of that hotel group's most popular, and scenic, properties. Overlooking Beaver Creek Mountain and in the heart of the village, the hotel has alpine views, premium amenities, free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs under a mountain waterfall, and expansive lawns with seating at the foot of the mountain.

The Park Hyatt's Allegria Spa and its water sanctuary have been acclaimed in numerous travel publications. And many lodging rooms have private balconies with remarkable views.

Reservations can be secured, at the discounted group rate (starting at $447/night),  here.  Please note that rooms at the group rate are limited and will sell out. 

Please note: To enjoy the venue's many extraordinary activities, Renaissance participants are encouraged to arrive early and stay through July 4th; and the discounted Renaissance lodging rates will apply to such extended visits. Availability is not guaranteed.

Additional lodging options can be found during the reservation process, including King Suites at the Beaver Creek Lodge (a short 3-minute walk from the Park Hyatt).   Reserve one of Renaissance Weekend's King Suites (with fireplace & kitchenette) at the group rate of $379 here.

Located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, The Osprey (a 10-minute walk from the Park Hyatt) also has a Renaissance Weekend  group rate of $335/night please call the reservations department at 1-855-332-1601, select #1 to reach the Colorado resorts, and then option #4 for Vail or Beaver Creek lodging options and refer to group code BBCREN23.

Feel free to secure your own accommodations nearby, but do let us know where you plan to stay during the R/W.


Camp Renaissance, Teens & College Students


Camp Renaissance — an active program tailored for children ages 3-12 — typically includes presentations by fascinating adult participants, hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, and arts-&-crafts projects. These activities are supervised by the Camp Renaissance Counselors, with involvement from adult Renaissance participants whose experiences are of interest to young people. Camp Renaissance runs concurrently with the adult program and does not provide full-time child care.


Young people are welcome at all functions. Most teens and college students participate in the Weekend's scheduled program. In addition, they often have designated gathering places, assigned programs, and their own activities and discussions. Teens and college students are usually placed on panels related to their interests, as indicated on their Participant Profile.

College students integrate themselves into the scheduled program. Many form strong bonds and even lifetime friendships during evening social events and programs planned specifically for them.

Parents are expected to oversee their sons' and daughters’ comings and goings throughout the Weekend. Renaissance Institute and Renaissance Weekend, and its staff, assume no liability regarding children or teens.

There is no organized program or child care provided for children under the age of three. Younger children are welcome at Camp Renaissance programs when accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Participants should make arrangements for babysitters at least three weeks prior to arrival at the Weekend by phoning the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Concierge for assistance. To maximize their enjoyment of the program, families with very young children are encouraged to bring a baby-sitter or au pair. Although there is no Registration Fee for babysitters/au pairs, they must register for meals at the children's rate, attend solely for child care, and, if practical, may assist periodically with Camp Renaissance. Baby-sitters/au pairs are free to attend programs and panel discussions designed specifically for Camp Renaissance participants.

Camp & Teens Programs are organized at all New Year's and most of the other Weekends.  On the rare occasions when there are few registrants in these age groups at the smaller Weekends, no such specific programs may be organized; and such young people, as always, are welcome at all sessions. Confirmation of Camp and Teens Programs, available ten weeks before any Weekend, may be secured through info@RenWkd.org

Weather & Dress

Beaver Creek temperatures in July can range from the high 70's during the day to the 40's at night. You are urged to check weather reports shortly in advance of the Weekend.

Dress is informal, resort casual, during the Weekend. Jeans are acceptable for day-time programs. Men typically wear jackets for dinners.


All Registration and Meals & Meeting Services Fees will be refunded — less a $250/party processing fee — for cancellations received by Renaissance Weekend in writing via e-mail, fax, or mail, sixty days in advance of the first night of the Weekend. No refund is available for cancellations communicated less than fourteen days in advance. Cancellations received in the intervening period are eligible for 50% refunds. For a one-time transfer of fees, however, payments can be applied towards any of the three immediately following Renaissance Weekends, subject to a $100/party transfer fee, if space remains and such notice is received.  No refund is available after a payment has been transferred and applied to a new Weekend.

Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for absences from meals.

Lodging cancellations are handled directly by your hotel subject to its specific policies. Be sure also to advise Renaissance Weekend of cancellation.


Registration Fee

Adults (22 and older) $1,500/person
Youths (ages 3 - 21) $400/person

(Youth Registration Fee applies only to children or guests, ages 3-21, of invited adults.)

Meeting Services, Meals & Special Events Fee

Adults (13 and older) $1,400/person
Youths (ages 3 - 12) $400/person



As Renaissance Weekends celebrates its 40th anniversary year – ensuring all participants' safety while fostering the gatherings' spirit is our foremost objective.   The Renaissance team has sought authoritative counsel on infection precautions, required strict standards and adopted specific policies and protocols to address public-health concerns and ensure all participants' well-being.  

Closer to each Weekend’s start, such experts' recommendations, the virus' resurgence or mutations, local conditions, or legislation may prompt adjustment of our current guidelines.

Vaccination and up-to-date boosters are strongly encouraged.  A PCR test is encouraged within 24-96 hours prior to departing your home; if a PCR is not readily available, a pre-departure self-administered rapid test is strongly suggested.  Such testing helps prevent "on-site" quarantining, and as a caring community, helps us prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Exploring Beaver Creek

Savvy travelers' big secret?

Vail Valley is even more fun in summer! Aspens, wildflowers & sparkling streams: a mecca for outdoor adventures and quiet reflection. Crisp mornings, afternoon breezes. Stunning natural beauty,  Beaver Creek is a quaint oasis of cascading plazas of restaurants, galleries, shops & a year-round outdoor ice rink, with music at every turn. Hyatt's towering windows open out onto the spectacular mountain; quaint alternate lodging options are short walks nearby. 

Adventure, spunk & exhilaration

Stimulating morning programs are followed by challenging hiking, fly-fishing, white-water rafting, or kayaking down the Colorado River. Continue conversations on leisurely trail walks through aspen glades. Join new friends for horseback or wagon rides along scenic mountain trails. Perhaps a jeep tour through alpine meadows. Experience breathtaking views from a gondola ride. For the more adventurous: rock-climbing, zip-riding or mountain biking.



Vail Valley
Memorable excursions & quiet times, too

Savor the villages' history, character & cultural activities each afternoon. Go to the rodeo or a nearby ranch.  Share laughter at lawn games; stroll through the alpine gardens. Pamper yourself at Hyatt's award-winning Exhale Spa; relax in an outdoor hot tub beneath a mountain waterfall. Toast marshmallows at a firepit under the brilliant summer sky. For the "free night," choose between elegant dining or mountain patio fare — and experience a headliner concert under the stars.

Especially worth noting
Especially worth noting

Vail Valley's July 4th celebration, blending "ole times" & new tech: a traditional parade; street music & free concerts throughout the day, with the Dallas Symphony's patriotic amphitheater performance; and evening skies ablaze from the over-the-mountain drone show. Come a few days early, or stay late, to experience more of the 62 miles of hiking/biking trails, links designed by the biggest names in golf, wine excursions, headliner concerts & shows, and lively nightlife.

Vail Valley
Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek Fire Pit
Fly fishing
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Fire Pit
Park Hyatt Interior
Beaver Creek Ice Rink
Chair Lift
Ski Lift
Mountain Pic 1
Colorado Creek
CO hillside
CO mountain

Camp Renaissance

Children ages 3-12 years can immerse themselves in hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, arts-&-crafts projects, and presentations by fascinating adult participants who are major authorities in their fields.