Food, fireworks and fun on the 4th | AspenTimes.com

Food, fireworks and fun on the 4th

Aspen Times Staff

There’s so much stuff going on this weekend, the problem will be trying to take it all in and still find time for a few hikes/bike rides and backyard barbecues.Here’s a rundown:TodaySnowmass Village – Michael Martin Murphey’s WestFest continues on the Snowmass Mall and Fanny Hill. Country singer Craig Morgan takes the main stage at 7 p.m. Murphey (remember “Wildfire”?) performs at 2:15 p.m. Shane Owens is on stage at noon. Western arts and crafts, trail rides, cowboy poetry, Western swing dancing, food and more. Tickets are $39 per day; free for kids under 12.Aspen – Free live music from Soul Feel on the Cooper Avenue mall stage from 6 to 9 p.m.SundaySnowmass Village – Final day of WestFest (see above). Waddy Mitchell is on the main stage at noon, with Don Edwards at 1:15 p.m., Murphey at 3:45 and singer/songwriter Ian Tyson at 6:45. Fireworks begin at dusk. Aspen – Free live music by the Ben Diamond Band on the Cooper Avenue mall stage, 6 to 9 p.m.MondayAspen – 8 a.m.: Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5-Mile Race ($45 registration fee on race day).9:15 a.m.: One-mile family/canine walk race ($45 race day, plus $5 per dog).10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: America’s Birthday Carnival. Fun for kids, courtesy of the Early Learning Center, at Paepcke Park. Games, barbecue, silent auction, bake sale and July 4 souvenirs.11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Hotel Jerome’s annual cookout on the terrace. Dan Sheridan performs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Monkey Train takes the stage from 1 to 3 p.m. Cash bar and food sold á la carte.Noon: The parade begins in downtown Aspen.1 p.m.: Annual community picnic at Koch Park, sponsored by the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.2 p.m.: Free skating exhibition at Aspen Ice Garden.2 to 6 p.m.: Freedom Celebration at Aspen Highlands. Barbecue is free for Highlands residents and $8 for everyone else. Live music by Newcomers Home, African drumming, clowns, face painting, etc. Free parking.6:30 p.m.: Smokey Joe’s Cafe playing at Theatre Aspen tent. Tickets available at the Wheeler Box Office.7:30 p.m.: Free Fourth of July concert at the Benedict Music Tent. The Aspen Music Festival Band offers patriotic favorites. Grab a seat in the tent or on the lawn.8 to 10:30 p.m.: Street dance featuring “classic rock” by Take the Wheel on the Cooper Avenue mall stage (the band takes a break for the fireworks).9:15 p.m.: Pyrotechnics over Aspen Mountain (unless the weather goes awry).