Mountain Mayhem: Independence Day
From the sounds of the first cannon blast from Smuggler Mine at 6 a.m. Saturday to the last note played onstage at Belly Up by DJ Rob Garza at 2:30 a.m. the next day, the Fourth of July was chock full of activities and energy throughout town. The Boogie’s Buddy Five-Mile Race kicked off at 8 a.m. with the first-place men finishing in a tie between Jack Stovitz of Los Angeles and Bryan Cook from Aspen, while Kylee Schuler clinched the win for the women. The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade followed at 11 a.m. with the streets lined with spectators and balconies filled with fans overlooking the excitement. Other events staged throughout the day included the annual Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club’s community picnic at Koch Park, the Gentlemen of Aspen’s rugby game at Rio Grande Park, an Aspen Music Festival concert at the Benedict Tent, an annual party atop Aspen Mountain and more — all contributing to a fun and festive community-wide celebration.
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