4th of July Aspen Style!

Cool air, warm sun and everyone is getting amped up for a day celebrating our country’s Birthday! Head to Aspen for festivals, fairs and fun! A huge schedule of events put out by the Aspen Chamber of Commerce is below! Get your red, white and blue ready and have some fun. 

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8:00 a.m.       Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Charity Race
Registration is $40.  $50 on Race Day.  Kids 16 and under are $15.
9:00 a.m. 1 Mile Family/Canine Walk
$80 per family includes 2 adults and 2 children (each additional related child is $15).  $5 per dog.Register on-line at www.buddyprogram.org or in front of Boogie’s Diner: Wed, June 29 – Sun, July 3.  The Buddy Program, 970-920-2130
10 a.m.    Kid’s Bicycle Decorating, Paepcke Park
For kids riding bicycles in the parade.  Helmets are mandatory – no scooters or electric vehicles please.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ninth Annual Aspen Antiques & Fine Arts Fair, Aspen Ice Garden
Features thirty-five world-renowned dealers for a nine-day exhibition of fine art, precious jewelry, and some of the most exquisite antiques in the world.  http://www.aspenartfairs.com/, 970-710-1192
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eleventh Annual “America’s Birthday Carnival,” Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival featuring games, BBQ, silent auction, and bake sale. Early Learning Center, 970-920-9201
12 Noon  Old Fashioned 4th of July PARADE, Main Street
FREE To participate, registration required.  Parade Entry Forms – Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940  
1 p.m. AVSC 16th Annual Community Picnic, Koch Park
BBQ, Kids Games, Live Entertainment and Beer Garden.  $8 for members, $10 for non-members, $5 for children under 10.  Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5101
1:30 p.m.  Aspen Art Museum’s Annual Fourth of July Picnic, Aspen Art Museum
Free BBQ and beer, picnic, family art activities, and a parade float with visiting musician/composer Nico Muhly.  Aspen Art Museum, http://www.aspenartmuseum.org/, 970-925-8050
2:00 p.m.   Aspen Rugby Summer Touch League Finals, Rio Grande Park
Gentleman of Aspen Rugby Club, aspenrugby.com Aspenrugby.com
7 p.m.   Free Fourth of July Concert – Aspen Music Festival Band, Benedict Music Tent
An Aspen tradition, featuring the AMFS band performing rousing patriotic favorites.  Lawrence Isaacson, conductor.  Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
8 – 10:30 p.m  “Dancing In The Streets” – Live music by WhiteWater Ramble, Mill St. & Cooper Ave. Mall area
WhiteWater Ramble is a Colorado-bred, High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, http://www.whitewaterramble.com/.  (20 minute intermission during Firework Display.) Free and open to the public.  Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940
9:15 p.m.  Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain
(weather permitting)  


4th Map 2011 

 Transportation tips:

  • Parking in Aspen will be extremely limited. Ride RFTA, walk or bike for a stress-free day! Bus info is available at 970-925-8484 or at http://www.rfta.com/.
  • FREE parking will be available at the Brush Creek Park & Ride, with free and frequent bus service to and from Aspen.
  • The Cross Town Shuttle will operate until approximately 11pm from June 27-July 4 to accommodate various festivities. The last departure from the Music Tent will be at 10:45pm.
  • Your bus may be rerouted during the 4th of July parade, call or check the web for more details.
  • Be sure to comply with all posted parking regulations and watch for special parking and street closures to avoid a ticket or tow.

Safety Tips:

  • Curfew for minors (under 18) is from 11pm-5am.
  • Use Tipsy Taxi if you are intoxicated and have no means to get home. DUI enforcement is active all the time.
  • Please keep your dogs on leashes or indoors during fireworks. Sign-up for the City of Aspen’s fireworks alert at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/
  • Open containers of alcohol and fireworks are illegal in Aspen.

PHOTO CREDITS: American Flag – americanflagfoundation.org

All other Images: Aspen Chamber of Commerce