Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019
Congratulations to 2019 Grand Marshal winner Rick Deane!
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and the City of Aspen have selected local resident Rick Deane as the leader of the 2019 Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Grand Marshal of this year’s celebration.
Rick Deane was born and raised in Aspen and has remained a lifelong and dedicated resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and the iconic T-Lazy-7 Ranch. Although the Deane family originally came to the valley in 1880, T-Lazy-7 Ranch is celebrating 80 years as Aspen’s oldest continuously-run business thanks to Rick’s leadership and commitment throughout his life. In his early 20’s Rick launched a snowmobile rental operation, and last year marked T-Lazy-7 Snowmobiles’ 50th year in business providing scenic adventure tours to the Maroon Bells. Rick has been involved with and donated snowmobile tours to the Disabled American Veterans’ Winter Sports Clinic since 1987 as well as the Shinning Stars, formerly known as the Sunshine Kids, since the early 1990’s. He also raised two children, Besha and Jesse, and continues to volunteer his time to Mountain Rescue Aspen as their longest active member and serving our community for over 41 years. Other accomplishments and recognition include setting (and holding for 13 years) the motorcycle record for the 1976 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, receiving the National Association for Search and Rescue 1990 Valor Award, receiving the 1996 Greg Mace Award, and receiving the 2007 Aspen Elks Lodge Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, for which he has been a member for 53 years. To this day, Rick still rises at dawn every day to actively manage both T-Lazy-7 Ranch and his snowmobile business.
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and City of Aspen are proud to have Rick Deane lead the community in this year’s Fourth of July Parade and add Grand Marshal to his impressive list of accomplishments.
2019 Schedule Below
Schedule of Events is Subject to Change
BOOGIES BUDDY RACE
Rio Grande Park
Free Vendor Village, race is $50/$60 to enter. Kids - $15
Boogies Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen.
In its 33rd year, the event will take place on the morning of July 4th, with a 5-mile USA Track & Field certified competitive race and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Over 1,000 participants (50% local, 50% national), along with hundreds of observers and celebrants, kick off the Fourth of July in style at this family-friendly event.
Online registration available here!Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130
|9:30 – 11 a.m.||
KID’S PARADE BICYCLE DECORATING
Paepcke Park (South East Corner)
Kid’s bicycle decoration for the 4th of July Parade! Helmets are REQUIRED to ride in the parade (this includes adults)!
FREE to participate.
|10 a.m. - 2 p.m.||
19th ANNUAL “AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY CARNIVAL”
Come celebrate Fourth of July at "America's Birthday Carnival". Food and fun for the whole family including bounce houses, face painting, kids' games, BBQ, beer tents, silent auction, and more. All proceeds go towards high quality Early Learning Education at the non-profit preschool, The Early Learning Center in Aspen.
Early Learning Center, earlylearningaspen.com, 970-920-9201
OLD FASHIONED 4th OF JULY PARADE
Begins on Main Street
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, concerts and family fun by Wagner Park. 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!
Parade free to enter, but registration required.
City of Aspen, www.aspen4th.com, 970-429-2093
12 - 3 p.m.
AVSC JULY 4th COMMUNITY PICNIC
Koch Lumber Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$20 Adults; $10 for kids 12 & under (price includes lunch!)
AVSC invites all Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors to join us for an old-fashioned July 4th BBQ in the Park. Please join us after the parade for a festive holiday in the park. Rock out to live music, kids games, volley ball, dunk tank, an adult beverage garden, and delicious Crystal River Meats grass fed burgers.
Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org/events , 970-205-5100
THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL’S FREE FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT
Benedict Music Tent
The annual FREE Fourth of July event brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites.
Aspen Music Festival and School, www. aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
|5 - 10 p.m.||
JULY 4th BLOCK PARTY W/ THE ASPEN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. & MOUNTAIN RESCUE
Aspen Fire Department
Join the AVFD, ACRA and Mountain Rescue for a July 4th block party! Food, beer garden and live music all benefiting the Aspen Volunteer Fire Dept. and Mountain Rescue.
Free to attend, and all food & drink proceeds go to the AVFD and Mountain Rescue.
Aspen Fire Dept. & Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940
DJ NAKA G
DJ Naka G will get the evening festivities started in Wagner Park, followed by a laser light display!
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940
Belly Up Aspen
A self-described "new band made up of old friends," the Raconteurs feature the White Stripes' Jack White and power pop maestro Brendan Benson on vocals, keyboards, and guitars, and the Greenhornes' drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence as the group's rhythm section. The idea for the band began when Benson and White collaborated on the song "Steady, As She Goes," which later became the Raconteurs' debut single. When the duo drafted Keeler and Lawrence, they became a full-fledged band. After a decade-plus hiatus, the Raconteurs returned in June 2019 with Help Us Stranger, their third album.
Belly Up Aspen, Box Office, www.bellyupaspen.com, 970.544.9800
- Parking in Aspen will be EXTREMELY limited. Ride our FREE in-town bus, 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.
- Your bus may be rerouted during the 4th of July parade, call or check the web for more details. Bus info is available at 970-925-8484 or at http://www.rfta.com/.
- Buses that travel on Main Street will be re-routed from approximately 9:00am-2:30pm to accommodate the 4th of July Parade.
- Be sure to comply with all posted parking regulations and watch for special parking and street closures to avoid a ticket or tow.