The city and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) are doing what they can to make the Fourth of July a fun event in Aspen, even without the traditional fireworks.
ACRA has extended the Dancing in the Park early evening event on Wednesday in an effort to keep people in town between the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and evening activities, said ACRA President and CEO Debbie Braun.
Originally, the city and ACRA discussed coordinating an event around 9 p.m. during the time when the annual fireworks took place. The fireworks aren’t occurring this year due to the fire ban that’s in place in the region.
After much discussion, ACRA and the city decided to invest more money into the Dancing in the Streets event — a free community concert that will now take place on Mill Street and the Cooper Avenue malls.
“There are so many community activities that are going on we really sort of looked at the calendar and decided we didn’t want to pull guests away from restaurants and other events,” Braun said.
ACRA and the city decided to extend the Dancing in the Park event by an hour, adding a second band and bringing in more activities like clowns, face painters and Betty Hoops. ACRA will also be giving away plenty of Fourth of July shwag like glowsticks and cowboy hats, Braun said.
ACRA’s budget for the event is $42,700.
The event usually runs between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and features one band. This year Whitewater Ramble and Jes Grew will play between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.