Downvalley gets up for the Fourth | AspenTimes.com

Downvalley gets up for the Fourth

Aspen Times Staff

Downvalley communities will each have their own Fourth of July celebration, with the exception of Basalt, where no activities are planned beyond the Roaring Fork Club’s private fireworks display, which can be seen from various parts of town.In Carbondale, things get going at 4 p.m. with the 28th annual Kids Parade on Main Street. Participants can dress in costume, decorate their bikes, play instruments or bring their pets. They should line up at 3:45 p.m. at the corner of Main and Second streets in the following order: bikes, scooters and skaters up front; then bands or groups; followed by pets (on leashes, please); and then walkers and baby strollers.After the parade the fun moves to Sopris Park, including free watermelon, children’s arts and crafts activities, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and other patriotic pieces, and food and beer booths. Plus the second in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities free concert series will be staged at the gazebo stage in the park starting at 5 p.m. with opener Mama’s Cookin’ and bluesman Eric Lindell as the headliner. The day concludes with the annual fireworks display at dusk, presented by the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.Earlier in the day, Redstone presents its traditional Independence Day activities, including the parade on Redstone Boulevard at noon.This year’s theme is “Redstone, White and Blue,” with events taking place all along Redstone Boulevard, in Redstone Park and elsewhere throughout town. Events include a pie sale at 10 a.m.; games in the park starting at 1 p.m. (the dunk tank will be operating); a concert in the park, from 14 p.m. featuring Chuck Grossman and Friends; and at 3:30 p.m. the Third Annual Rubber Ducky Race in Coal Creek. Ducks are on sale at the Redstone General Store until the Fourth of July and will be available until race time at Redstone Park.In Glenwood Springs, the traditional fireworks show will happen at dusk, from Two Rivers Park.