4th of july

America’s birthday is here once again, and with it comes all of the celebrations we associate with the Fourth of July.

As usual, Aspen Chamber Resort Association is sponsoring a full-day affair for Independence Day. The holiday starts with the Boogies Buddy Race at Rio Grande Park starting at 8 a.m. There will be a 5-mi. USA Track & Field certified competitive race and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk hosted by the Buddy Program. Online registration is available at buddyprogram.org.

The day truly kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. Before the parade, there is a free bicycle decorating event for kids at Paepcke Park. The parade goes all over downtown Aspen and features floats and people from a variety of different organizations. The parade is free to enter, but registration is required. Visit aspen4th.com.

During the course of the day, there are several events happening around town. The 19th annual “America’s Birthday Carnival” goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paepke Park, featuring plenty for kids and families to do. Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club is hosting its annual community picnic at the Koch Lumber Park, which includes food, music and games for $20 for adults and $10 for kids. From 5-10 p.m., the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department and Mountain Rescue will be hosting a block party with food, beer and live music.

As far as music options go, the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Fourth of July Concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent. The free show will feature stirring patriotic favorites.

If you’re craving something a little more modern, The Raconteurs will play at Belly Up that night. The band features music legend Jack White as well as Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence. Tickets are available at bellyupaspen.com.

Rather than fireworks, the day will end with a drone light show. The idea to replace fireworks with drones was originally planned for last year due to wildfire concerns. The Lake Christine Fire broke out the night of July 3, 2018 and high winds prevented Great Lakes Drone Co. of Michigan from putting on the show. The contract was pushed to this year and so drones will be lighting up the skies over Aspen for Independence Day.

Down the Valley

Aspen is, of course, only one of several Fourth of July celebrations happening in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Snowmass will have a celebration in the evening with sweet treats, s’mores, a photo booth, patriotic giveaways and a concert from Here Come the Mummies. Festivities take place on Fanny Hill starting at 6:30 p.m.

Carbondale has a Fourth of July Parade and Pool Party. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the pool party at 11 a.m. at Sopris Park with free watermelon and ice cream sandwiches, games, food, live music, contests and more.

Glenwood Springs has live music and more at 5 p.m. in Two Rivers Park. The show features local band The Davenports and headliner the Otone Brass Band. The night will end with a laser show above the softball field around 9:15 p.m.

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chapman@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Nescwick.