Chamber prepares for a bang-up Fourth of July |

Chamber prepares for a bang-up Fourth of July

Tim Mutrie

The Fourth of July parade and fireworks on Aspen Mountain will be the highlights of an Independence Day packed with activities up and down the valley. Aspen starts early In Aspen, the activities get started early with the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5, a charity run/walk through the downtown area that begins at 8 a.m. Racers can register before the race for $25, or $35 the day of the race.

The Boogie’s Diner One-Mile Family/Canine Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost is the same as the run, plus $10 for each additional pooch that participates.

A kids bicycle rodeo at Paepcke Park will follow the Buddy 5 race, at 9 a.m. Helmets are required for all participants.

Judging for the old-fashioned window decorating contest at participating downtown businesses also begins at 9 a.m.

At 10:45 a.m., jet pilots with U.S. Air Force plan to perform a “fly by” over Main Street.

And the highlight of the holiday in Aspen, the old-fashioned parade, gets under way at noon. Officials at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association are expecting some 50 floats, including a horde of throttle-happy motorcyclists.

The parade begins at the corner of Hyman Avenue and Aspen Street, and will proceed east on Hyman before turning north on Mill Street at Hopkins. The parade then turns east onto Cooper Avenue, north on Hunter Street and eventually turns west onto Main Street, where it will pass in front of the judges at the Hotel Jerome. The parade will disperse at the intersection of Aspen and Bleeker streets.

Parade participants will begin lining up at 11 a.m. Preregistration is required.

Following the parade, the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard club will host its fifth annual community picnic at Koch Park. Everyone is invited. The picnic, which is free to AVSC members and $5 for nonmembers, will include standard barbecue fare. Juice, soda and beer will be available at an additional cost. Local musicians Rich Ganson and Ken Thomas will perform at the picnic.

A free skating show will begin at the Aspen Ice Garden at 2 p.m., put on by the Aspen Summer Skating School.

A free concert at the Benedict Music Tent will commence at 4 p.m., presented by the Aspen Music School and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra. And at 7 p.m., the Aspen Music School will host another free concert by the Aspen Music School Band.

At 6:30 p.m., at the Paepcke Auditorium, the Aspen Institute will host a free lecture by Sander Gilman, professor of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago.

Fourth of July festivities in Aspen will be capped off with a fireworks extravaganza at 9:15 p.m.

For additional information about Aspen’s Fourth of July activities, call Aspen Chamber Resort Association at 925-1940. Snowmass Village Snowmass will celebrate Independence Day with a community picnic, followed by a fireworks display, on Fanny Hill, adjacent to the Snowmass Mall.

Sponsored by the Snowmass Village Resort Association, the free picnic commences at 5 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, soda and beer will be provided free of charge for the first 1,000 attendees.

Entertainment includes face painting and storytelling, as well as clowns and live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cowboy poetry will be performed from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the town of Snowmass Village is sponsoring a fireworks display. Basalt The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt will host a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. The 10- to 15-minute pyrotechnics display should be visible from Basalt and most of the downvalley area. Carbondale A free concert by Rascalin, a roots-reggae singer and guitarist, will get under way at 6:45 p.m., at Sopris Park in Carbondale.

Sponsored by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, the event is in conjunction with the fifth annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition. Festivities begin at 10 a.m., with a parade on Main Street. Participants are urged to follow the parade to the park for games, music, solar energy demonstrations and more.

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