Independence celebrations |

Independence celebrations

Family tree – clockwise from the top - Steen and Joan Gantzel, Wyatt Eaton, Steve, Nicholas and Katie Waldeck.

The Fourth of July began with a bang in Aspen as the traditional cannon blasts from Smuggler Mine awoke almost all in the area.At 8 a.m. sharp, the Boogie’s Diner Buddy Five foot race kicked off with several hundred participants darting through town. The parade ensued at noon with festive floats, fire trucks, a brigade of Harleys, valley veterans, tikes on bikes, panting pugs and more.

Barbecues followed, including the annual Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s community picnic at Koch Park, the Art Museum picnic and the Hotel Jerome’s colorful courtyard bash.Despite the lack of fireworks in Aspen, those in search of a show headed to Basalt and Carbondale for dramatic displays in the sky.

Everyone loves fireworks, said self-proclaimed pyrotechnician Fletcher Yaw, who was clearly disappointed by the cancellation of Aspen’s annual show. “They bring people together – no matter where you are, you look up and just feel connected.”At the Belly Up, the action-packed holiday transitioned into the fifth of July with DJ Z Trip from L.A. spinning discs to a full house.

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