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Mountain Mayhem: Fun on the Fourth!

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Parker Clark, Thomas Cunningham and Gunni Horridge at Hooch.
The Kidder family of four poses by The Nell's fishing boat filled with flowers from the Aspen Branch.
Michael Reveal and Casarae Clark hit the town with their twin boys on the 4th.
Katherine and Dane Chapin at their Made Here Beer launch party at Aspen Tap.
The Made Here Maidens at Aspen Tap - Pandora, Erin, Carlie and Lilli.
Don Bryant of Legacy Breweries with Made Here head brewer Scott Kimball.
Jason and Becca Huey of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with their girls on the 4th in Aspen.
A neon stiltwalker on the move on the Cooper Avenue Mall.
The electrifying laser show at Wagner Park to wrap up the 4th!
Vicki Shapiro photo.

Independence Day in Aspen felt like a return to all things festive and fun on the fourth. One of my favorite Fourth of July traditions is running the Boogie’s Buddy Five Mile alongside friends, co-workers, fellow locals and visitors for a worthy cause, the Buddy Program, whose motto of “inspire, empower and mentor” can be felt along the entire route with Big and Little Buddies cheering and supporting participants in the three races – the five mile, five kilometer and one mile.

The stationary parade this year was a change in course and cadence, serving as a creative alternative to the traditional parade. Aspen Volunteer Fire Department stepped up, hoisting an American flag between two fire trucks’ ladders so it would sway in the wind on the corner of Hopkins and Hunter Streets.

The glorious weather allowed for all day dining outside at the sidewalk and street side restaurants and cafes. Patriotic décor from Made Here Beer, who hosted a launch party for their Colorado brews on the 3rd of July at Aspen Tap, was the perfect backdrop at Aspen Tap all weekend. Hooch and Meat & Cheese had a popular patio scene resembling a beach vibe with an outdoor bar surrounded by cozy nooks.

As day gave way to night, Aspen lit up with a laser show at Wagner Park and entertainers strolling town. A happy Fourth of July all around.