Aspen’s Independence Day
Aspen’s July 4 celebration kicks off with the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 and wraps up with a street dance on the mall.The traditional parade starts at noon, but dry conditions have forced the cancellation of the evening’s fireworks. Pyrotechnics in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, however, are expected to proceed. Here in Aspen, the day’s schedule looks like this:8 a.m. – Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Race. Day-of registration begins at 7 a.m. or register online at http://www.buddyprogram.org.9:15 a.m. – One-Mile Family/Canine Walk Race.10 a.m. – Kids’ bicycle decorating at Paepcke Park.10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Sixth annual America’s Birthday kids carnival in Paepcke Park, featuring games, a barbecue, silent auction, bake sale and July 4 souvenirs. Noon – Old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade through downtown Aspen.1 p.m. – The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual community picnic at Koch Park, with a barbecue, games, live entertainment and a beer garden.1:30 p.m. – The Aspen Art Museum’s Fourth of July complementary picnic, featuring an innovative parade float and the museum’s Doug Aitken photography exhibition.2 p.m. – Free skating exhibition at the Aspen Ice Garden.2-6 p.m. – Family barbecue at Aspen Highlands, with live music.7 p.m. – The Aspen Music Festival Band’s free July 4 concert at the Benedict Music Tent.8-10:30 p.m. – “Dancing In The Streets,” a community street dance/concert on the mall near Wagner Park, featuring live music from Network.Basalt: The Roaring Fork Club will shoot off fireworks about 9:45 p.m.Carbondale: The town’s Independence Day celebration begins with a parade at 4 p.m. on Main Street. The procession heads Sopris Park, where there will be live music, a beer garden, food booths and children’s games and activities. Acoustic Mayhem takes the stage at 4 p.m., followed by The Gourds at 6 p.m.The Carbondale fireworks will shoot off from White Hill about 9 p.m. The high school athletic field and other spots on the east side of town are ideal for watching.Glenwood Springs: Symphony in the Valley performs at 8 p.m. at Two Rivers Park, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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