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Independence Day

May Selby
Ralph Melville marches among the war veterans in the parade.
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Aspen’s old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration drew large crowds as usual, despite the fact it fell on a Wednesday. The Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 foot race is always a fun community ritual to kick off the summer holiday. Runners, walkers and canines participated in the five and one-mile races that started at 8 a.m. sharp.

For Robyn Severy Pfautz, the Buddy 5 has been “a Severy tradition” for years. Her brother, John, was the overall winner once again this year and was joined by his mother, brother and three sisters who had impressive finishes as well.

At noon, the parade was underway and included entertainers from rollerbladers to Rolex riders to unicyclists. The Aspen Art Museum entered a float by artist Nicolau Vergueiro then invited everyone back to the museum grounds for a barbecue catered by the Hickory House.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, parties took place all over town from Matsuhisa’s patio to private residences.

At 9:15 p.m., the evening culminated in a fireworks show over the Aspen Golf Course. With the fireworks moved from Aspen Mountain to the west side of town, groups gathered at alternate locations to view the electrifying exhibit in the sky. Aspenites Brad and Jen Smith hosted a deck party at their pad near the S-curves. Other hot spots were the 13th fairway at the golf course, Marolt Open Space and the Aspen Recreation Center grounds.


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