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Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
SaturDAY, JULY 4, 2020




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 Parade Winners
Most Patriotic: Aspen Veterans
Best Music: Theatre Aspen
Most Humorous: Elk Mountain Expeditions
Most Outrageous: Tighty Whiteys Rollerblade Squad
Best Animal: Kemosabe
Best Children’s: Aspen Dirt Bike School
Honorable Mention: Aspen Ambulance Response
Judges Choice: Aspen Fire Protection District with special mention of old-time fire hose brigade



Thank you for your submission!

2019 Schedule Below
Schedule of Events is Subject to Change  

2019 Schedule

8 a.m.
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.
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.
Paepcke Park
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

11 a.m.               

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.

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

4 p.m.

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.
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
8 p.m.
Wagner Park
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
9 p.m.
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.
Tickets Required.
Belly Up Aspen, Box Office, www.bellyupaspen.com, 970.544.9800

Transportation Tips


  • 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.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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