Aspen ready for the Fourth
ASPEN – Sunday’s Fourth of July celebration will, as always, be an all-day affair that begins with the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 and ends with a street dance and fireworks over Aspen Mountain. Sandwiched in between is the noon parade and a slew of barbecues, music and more.The schedule:8 a.m. – Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5-Mile Charity Race. Registration is $40 ($50 on race day) and $15 for kids, age 16 and younger. Register in front of Boogies through Saturday, or go to http://www.buddyprogram.org to sign up.9 a.m. – One-mile family/canine walk. Cost is $80 for family of four, plus $15 for each additional kid and $5 per dog. Go to http://www.buddyprogram.org to register.10 a.m. – Kids’ bicycle decorating at Paepcke Park. Helmet required of those riding in parade.10- a.m. to 2:30 p.m – America’s Birthday Carnival. The Early Learning Center hosts its 10th annual kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park, featuring games, a barbecue, silent auction and bake sale.11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Aspen Antiques & Fine Arts Fair at Aspen Ice Garden. Free admission.Noon – Traditional parade. Route starts at Paepcke Park, heads east on Main, south on Hunter to Cooper, then north on Galena to Hopkins, south on Mill and finishes by heading a block west on Hyman.1 p.m. – AVSC Community Picnic features a barbecue, kids’ games, live entertainment and a beer garden at Koch Park. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and $5 for children under age 10.1 p.m. – Aspen Volunteer Fire Department block party on Hopkins celebrates the town’s new fire station. Free food, music starting at 2 p.m. with Bobby Mason and friends, and a chance to wander through the new station.1:30 p.m. – Aspen Art Museum picnic featuring free barbecue and Aspen Brewing Co. beer, family art activities and a parade float by visiting artist Dave McKenzie.3 p.m. – Aspen Rugby Summer Touch League Finals at Wagner Park, with a family barbecue and beer garden.4 p.m. – Aspen Festival Orchestra presents a program of Americana (Gershwin, Copeland) plus Dvorak’s “New World” symphony. $74.7:30 p.m. – Free Fourth of July concert with the Aspen Music Festival Band in the Benedict Music Tent. Expect rousing, patriotic favorites.8-10:30 p.m. – Dancing in the Streets with Great American Taxi, featuring Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman, on the Cooper Avenue Mall stage. Free. (Band will take a break for the fireworks.)9:15 p.m. – Fireworks over Aspen Mountain, weather permitting.
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