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How to do the Fourth

Dear Editor:Aspen’s getting ready to rock and roll for the mighty Red, White and Blue 4th of July Parade! Look for the Aspen Speedos Swimming team float “popsicles and mermaids.” As a thank-you to the community for the new pool at Aspen’s Recreation Center, mermaids will be handing out 5,000 popsicles during the parade – while they last – to keep everyone cool! If we miss you with a popsicle during the parade, walk over to the beautiful Galena Street Parking Garage rooftop park. You can find the park on the back side of the library next to the courthouse. Look for popsicles and mermaids! We should have a few extra there after the parade. While you are in the library park, check out the fabulous views of Aspen Mountain and Rio Grande Park!! Traffic and parking are a nightmare in Aspen during the 4th of July. The best, most hassle-free way to get into Aspen for the parade or the fireworks: Park free at Highlands Ski Area or Buttermilk Mountain/CDOT parking lots and take the free buses into town. Or you can park free at Brush Creek and Highway 82 and pay $3 per person each way or buy a bus pass. Call RFTA at 925-8484 for times. It’s the best way to get into Aspen unless you are on your bikes with helmets. Many thanks to Swinerton Builders, general contractor for The Residences at Little Nell for their cool donation of popsicles. Toni KronbergAspen