Aspen plans a jam-packed Fourth
July 3, 2011
ASPEN – Aspen’s July 4 celebration begins at 8 a.m. today with the annual Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 and concludes with evening fireworks over Aspen Mountain and dancing in the street. In between is a jam-packed day of holiday festivities, including the traditional noon parade and plenty of barbecues.The schedule:8 a.m. – Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Charity Race. Registration is $50 on race day. Kids, age 16 and younger, are $15.9 a.m. – One-mile family/canine walk. $80 per family includes two adults and two children (each additional related child is $15). $5 per dog.10 a.m. – Kid’s bicycle decorating, Paepcke Park. For kids riding bicycles in the parade. Helmets are mandatory (no scooters or electric vehicles).10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Aspen Antiques & Fine Arts Fair, Aspen Ice Garden. Features 35 renowned dealers for a nine-day exhibition of fine art, jewelry and antiques.10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – America’s Birthday Carnival, Paepcke Park. The Early Learning Center offers kids’ carnival, barbecue, silent auction and bake sale.Noon – Old-fashioned Fourth of July parade, downtown Aspen. Free to participate; registration required. http://www.aspenchamber.org.1 p.m. – AVSC Community Picnic, Koch Park. Barbecue, kids’ games, live entertainment and a beer garden. It’s $8 for members, $10 for non-members and $5 for children under age 10. 1:30 p.m. – Aspen Art Museum picnic. Free barbecue and beer, family art activities and a parade float.3 p.m. – Aspen Rugby Summer Touch League finals, Wagner Park.7 p.m. – Free Fourth of July concert by the Aspen Music Festival Band at the Benedict Music Tent, featuring rousing, patriotic favorites. Lawrence Isaacson conducts.8 to 10:30 p.m. – Dancing in the streets, with live music from WhiteWater Ramble. Free, at Mill Street and Cooper Avenue, in the mall. There will be a 20-minute intermission for the fireworks.9:15 p.m. – Fireworks over Aspen Mountain (weather permitting).