Aspen’s “Old Fashioned” Fourth
Aspen’s Independence Day celebration’s roots run deep.
As in they date back to the city’s settlement in the late 1880s.
Over the years, Aspen’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration has stayed true to its origins and remained largely the same — most notably in its scheduled communal happenings and events, which include an annual parade led by the Aspen Fire Department, a town picnic, sporting events and races, free concerts and an extravagant display of fireworks.
The Fourth of July marks one of Aspen’s busiest times of the year — drawing roughly 20,000 to town, according to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
Mayor Steve Skadron is a big fan of Aspen’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebrations. The mayor described Independence Day in Aspen as “a patriotic and colorful mountain-town celebration loaded with tradition, fireworks and a parade through historic downtown.”
“Our founding fathers would be proud,” he said.
FOURTH OF JULY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
30th annual Boogie’s Buddy Race: Starts at Rio Grande Park, 8 a.m.
$50 for adults, $60 race-day registration, $15 for children younger than 16, $90 family rate for 1-mile walk.
Choose between a challenging but festive 5-mile race with cash prizes or a family and canine 1-mile walk.
The Buddy Program, http://www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130.
Fourth of July at the Aspen Art Museum: 637 E. Hyman Ave., 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Farm-fresh breakfast buffet, fresh orange juice and bottomless mimosas. Family art activities.
Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children.
Kids’ Bicycle Decorating: Paepcke Park, 930 a.m.
Open to kids riding bicycles in the parade. Helmets are mandatory for kids (and accompanying adults).
The Hub of Aspen, Charlie Tarver, 970-925-7970.
16th annual America’s Birthday Carnival: Paepcke Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, balloon animals, live music, silent auction and concessions.
Early Learning Center, 970-920-9201.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade: Main Street, 11 a.m.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club 21st annual Fourth of July Picnic: Koch Park (corner of Garmisch Street and Cooper Avenue), 12 to 3 p.m.
$15 admission for lunch; $10 for kids 10 and younger. Admission includes lunch, live music, airbag, games and beer garden (beer costs extra). Catch up with old friends, play volleyball and have a cold beer while supporting the largest youth nonprofit in the valley.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, http://www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100.
Red White and Brew BBQ: Sky Hotel, 12 to 9 p.m.
Music, food and drink specials poolside at the Sky Hotel. Barbecue and drink specials running from noon to 9 p.m.
DJ Echo Dafunk will be spinning from 3 to 9 p.m.
Tables on the second-floor balcony available for bottle service reservations. Front-row seats to firework display. Free admission.
39 Degrees, 970-429-7862.
The Aspen Music Festival and School’s Free Fourth of July Concert: Benedict Music Tent, 4 p.m.
A beloved tradition, the annual Fourth of July celebration brings the Music Festival and School band to the tent with stirring patriotic favorites.
Lawrence Isaacson, conductor.
Aspen Music Festival and School, http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
“Mamma Mia!”: Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park, 6:30 p.m.
Two-for-one specialty drinks and firework viewing after the show on the patio.
Tickets are $32 and up.
Purchase tickets in person, by phone or via http://www.theatreaspen.org.
Theatre Aspen, http://www.theatreaspen.org, box office: 844-706-7387.
“Dancing In the Streets”: Mill Street and Cooper Avenue mall, 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Free community street dance and concert featuring Whitewater Ramble (20-minute intermission during fireworks display).
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, http://www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940.
Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain (weather permitting).
Parking in Aspen will be extremely limited. Ride the bus, walk or bike. Bus info is available at 970-925-8484 or at http://www.rfta.com.
Free parking will be available at the Brush Creek Park and Ride with free and frequent bus service to and from Aspen.
The Cross Town Shuttle will operate until approximately 11 p.m. to accommodate various festivities. The last departure from the Music Tent will be at 10:45 p.m.
Your bus may be rerouted during the Fourth of July parade.
Call or check the web for more details.
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