Old Fashioned 4th of July

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Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
Monday, JULY 4, 2016



Most patriotic - Valley veterans
Most outrageous - #onlyinaspen (aka. the naked dudes)
most humorous - Aspen valley hospital
best children's - anderson ranch arts center
best animal - camp cozy point
best music - carl's & miners

three new parade categories in 2016:
Most clever - habitat for humanity
most 'topical' - Aspen Skiing Company driving Jim Crown's vintage model 'a' ford with license plate: 'brexit 1776'
best candy - mick ireland (former aspen mayor). thanks for chilling your chocolates!

*2016 judges choice for honorable mention: the three judges would also like to give out an 'honorable mention' award to our very own gentlemen of aspen rugby team for their stellar behavior and good looks in this year's parade!

2016 Co-Grand marshals for 4th of july parade announced! 
Congratulations to charlie tarver & Mark cole!



8 a.m.              

30th Annual Boogie’s Buddy Race,  starts at Rio Grande Park
$50 for adults, $60 race-day registration, $15 for kids under 16, $90 family rate for 1-mile walk.  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
The Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130

8:30 - 10:30am

4th of July at the AAM, Aspen Art Museum – 637 East Hyman Avenue
8:30am -10:30am: Farm-Fresh Breakfast Buffet, Fresh OJ & Bottomless Mimosas!  
8:30am - 10:00am: Family Art Activity  
Adults $45, Children $25. Tickets available for non-members after 6/15. RSVP by 6/26/16
www.aspenartmuseum.org, 970-925-8050

9:30 a.m. Kids' Bicycle Decorating, Paepcke Park
Open to kids riding bicycles in the parade. HELMETS MANDATORY for kids (and accompanying adults). 
The Hub of Aspen, Charlie Tarver, 970-925-7970

10 a.m. -
2 p.m.                        

16th Annual “America’s Birthday Carnival,” Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, balloon animals, live music, silent auction, and concessions.
Early Learning Center, 970-920-9201

11 a.m.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, Main Street
FREE to participate, mandatory registration. 
Parade Entry Forms – City of Aspen, www.aspen4th.com, 970-429-2093

12 - 3 p.m.

AVSC 21st Annual 4th of July Picnic, Koch Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$15 Admission for lunch; $10 for kids 10 & under
Admission includes: bbq lunch, LIVE music, AVSC airbag, games & beer garden* (*beer extra $). 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, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100

12 - 9 p.m.
Red White and Brew BBQ, Sky Hotel
Enjoy great music, great food and drink specials poolside at the Sky Hotel! 
BBQ and Drink specials running from 12 noon to 9pm
We will have DJ Echo Dafunk spinning from 3pm-9pm
Tables on the second floor balcony available for Bottle Service reservations. Why fight the crowds when we have front row seats to the firework display.
Free admission!
39 Degrees, 970-429-7862

4 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.
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042

6:30 p.m.

MAMMA MIA!, The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Note the earlier curtain time and  join us after the show for 2-for-1 specialty drinks and watch the fireworks on our beautiful patio! 
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show! Experience this sunny, funny tale of a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding, with timeless songs and laughter! 
Tickets: $32  and up
Purchase tickets in person, by phone, or via our website at: http://www.theatreaspen.org
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, Box Office: 844-706-7387

8 p.m. -
10:30 p.m. 

“Dancing In The Streets” Mill Street/Cooper Ave. Mall
FREE community street dance and concert featuring Whitewater Ramble (20 minute intermission during  Fireworks Display)
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940

9:15 p.m.

Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain
(TBD - weather permitting)

Schedule of Events is Subject to Change 


  • 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.