Aspen’s Fourth is sure to be fun-filled (even sans fireworks)
There will be no fireworks tonight. Or, more specifically, there will be no sanctioned pyrotechnics display over Aspen Mountain as part of Aspen’s Fourth of July celebration.But those looking for fireworks of other kinds – musical, theatrical, community-oriented – will find enough of them that they might not even miss the absence of booms over Aspen.The traditional Fourth of July Parade through downtown Aspen, scheduled for noon, features the usual collection of marching veterans; kids on red-, white- and blue-bannered bicycles; and golden retrievers. Sure to stand out are the Aspen Art Museum float, designed by Colorado-born sculptor Nathan Mabry and including a bobblehead bald eagle; and the Aspen Filmfest entry, featuring dog sculptures decorated by such film icons as Goldie Hawn, Don Johnson and Anjelica Huston.The Aspen Music Festival presents its annual free Fourth of July Concert, with conductor Lawrence Isaacson and the AMFS Band, at 7 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent. Among the works are “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and pieces by American icons Gershwin, Sousa and Bernstein. Another free concert, featuring the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra, is set for 4 p.m. at the tent, and features American-themed works such as Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town” and Schumann’s “American Festival” overture, as well as Tchaikovsky’s popular “1812” overture.The Dancing in the Streets community street dance, on the Cooper Avenue mall, features music by Network, and starts at 8 p.m.Additional highlights in Aspen include the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Race, at 8 a.m. (with registration at 7 a.m., or online at http://www.buddyprogram.org); the America’s Birthday Kids Carnival in Paepcke Park, beginning at 10 a.m., featuring games, a barbecue and more; the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s community picnic at Koch Park 1 p.m., featuring barbecue, games and a beer garden; the Aspen Art Museum’s free picnic (1:30 p.m.) and a skating exhibition at the Aspen Ice Garden (2 p.m.). Belly Up celebrates with a show by DJ Z-Trip. Theatre Aspen has the musical drama “Love, Janis,” at 6:30 p.m.Aspen Highlands has a barbecue from 2-6 p.m., featuring music by Big Daddy Lee & the Kingbees, and a DJ, and kids activities. At 9 p.m. the Movies Under the Stars series will feature “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”Downvalley doingsBasalt’s fireworks display, over the Roaring Fork Club golf course, is set to go off as scheduled, at 9:45 p.m.Carbondale’s July Fourth Extravaganza starts with a 4 p.m. parade down Main Street and into Sopris Park. Festivities in the park include live music by local group Acoustic Mayhem and Austin, Texas, roots-rock band the Gourds, as well as a beer garden, food booths, children’s activities and more. A fireworks launch from White Hill is set for 9 p.m.The Glenwood Springs-based Symphony in the Valley will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. in Glenwood’s Two Rivers Park band shell. Conductor Wendy Larson and associate conductor John Bokram will lead the orchestra in a program including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” A fireworks display will follow the concert.And for those who must have fireworks over Aspen Mountain – keep your eyes on the sky.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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