Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, U.S. Airforce jet flyby, concerts, a kid’s bicycle rodeo, and spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.
With events planned for people of all ages, Aspen’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is a day-long event the whole family can enjoy! So grab the kids & come on down! A schedule of events for the day is listed below and additional event info is available in the menu to the left.
2013 Aspen, Colorado 4th of July Events:
8 a.m. - Boogie’s Buddy Race, Boogie’s Diner (Corner of Cooper and Hunter)
Celebrate The Fourth of July by running or walking to support the Buddy Program! Choose between a challenging but festive 5-mile race with cash prizes or a family & canine 1-mile walk. Sign up online at www.buddyprogram.org or in person in front of Boogie’s Diner June 30 - July 3. $40 for adults, $50 race-day registration, $15 for kids under 16, $80 family rate for 1-mile walk The Buddy Program, 970-920-2130
10 a.m. - Kids’ Bicycle Decorating, Paepcke Park
Open to kids riding bicycles in the parade (HELMETS MANDATORY)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 13th Annual “America’s Birthday Carnival,” Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring games, food, silent auction, and bake sale
Early Learning Center, 970-920-9201
12 Noon - Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade down Main Street
Parade Entry Forms - City of Aspen
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - AVSC 4th of July Picnic, Koch Park (at the corner of Garmisch and Cooper)
Come catch up with old friends, play some volleyball and have an icy cold beer all while supporting the largest youth non-profit in the Valley, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club.Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. $10 for Adults, $5 for Children under 10
1:30 p.m. - Art Museum FREE 4th of July Community Picnic, Aspen Art Museum
The Aspen Art Museum partners with a renowned contemporary artist to produce a float for Aspen’s Fourth of July Parade. The AAM’s popular annual post-parade picnic takes place on the museum grounds.
Aspen Art Museum, www.aspenartmuseum.org, 970-925-8050
4:00 p.m. - The Aspen Music Festival and School’s FREE Fourth of July Concert, Benedict Music Tent
A beloved tradition, the annual Fourth of July celebration brings the AMFS band to the Tent with stirring patriotic favorites. Lawrence Isaacson, conductor; Anna Deavere Smith, narrator; Barbara Fleck, guest conductor. Sponsored by the City of Aspen, with special thanks to Melani and Rob Walton
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
4:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Journey Stories, Aspen Fire Station Museum (420 E. Hopkins Ave.)
FREE for 4th of July. The Smithsonian Institution, Colorado Humanities, and the Aspen Historical Society welcome this Museums on Main Street exhibit that will navigate four centuries of American history in addition to telling stories of how some people arrived in Aspen. Aspen Historical Society, www.aspenhistory.com, 970-925-3721
6:30 p.m. - Les Misérables, The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Special 30th Anniversary Ticket Price: $30 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. Epic, grand, and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop with its sung-through pop operas and its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that have made it a popular masterpiece.
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, 970-925-9313
8 - 10:30 p.m. - “Dancing In The Streets,” Mill St./Cooper Ave. Mall
FREE community concert featuring The Congress, a band out of Denver with a spirit rooted just south of the Mason-Dixon Line playing purely American Rock & Roll (20 minute intermission during Firework Display)Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain - Canceled
Canceled due to the dry conditions in the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado
Schedule of Events is Subject to Change