Old Fashioned 4th of July

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Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
WedNESday, JULY 4, 2018

2018 Parade Registration AVAILABLE HERE



2017 Parade Grand Marshal: Dave Ressler 
Most Patriotic: Valley Veterans 
Most Humorous: Aspen Valley Hospital
Best Animal: Kemo Sabe
Best Music: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Folklorico) 
Most Outrageous: Elk Mountain Expeditions 
Best Children's: *TIE between Anderson Ranch Arts Center & Aspen Gymnastics

tips for a Pet Friendly Fourth of July

2017 Schedule Below!
Schedule of Events is Subject to Change 


2017 Schedule

8 a.m. 31st Annual Boogies Buddy Race
Rio Grande Park
$50 for adults, $60 race-day registration. $15 for kids under 16. $90 family rate for the 1-mile walk. 
Choose between a 5-mile race with cash prizes or a family & canine 1-mile walk. 
Online registration coming soon!
Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org 
9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Red Brick Bike Decorating 
Paepcke Park 
Join the Red Brick Center for the Arts at Paepcke Park for 4th of July themed bike decorating! 
FREE to participate!
Red Brick Center for the Arts, AspenArt.org, 970-429-2777

10 a.m. - 
2 p.m.                        

17th 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 BBQ lunch.
Early Learning Center, earlylearningaspen.com, 970-920-9201

11 a.m.

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

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Element 47 Lunch Buffet 
The Little Nell 
Following the parade, enjoy a scrumptious lunch buffet at Element 47!
$65 Adults / $35 Children
The Little Nell, www.thelittlenell.com, 970-920-6330

12 - 3 p.m.

AVSC Annual 4th of July Picnic
Koch Lumber Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$20 Adults; $10 for kids 10 & under
AVSC’s 4th of July Picnic welcomes both the Aspen Community and our guests. Please join the AVSC following the parade for a festive time in the park with live music, the AVSC airbag, dunk tank, snow cones, kid’s games, beer garden and of course, a good old burger BBQ.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100

4 p.m.  

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s FREE Fourth of July Concert 
Benedict Music Tent
Please join the AMFS band at the Benedict Music Tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites. This free, beloved tradition is led by conductor Lawrence Isaacson
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042

6  - 10 p.m.

Ajax Tavern Dinner Buffet
Ajax Tavern
Join us for a BBQ Buffet on Ajax Tavern's patio with prime viewing of the fireworks show! 
$95 per person
The Little Nell, www.thelittlenell.com, 970-920-6334

6 - 10:30 p.m.

“Dancing In The Streets” 
 Mill Street/Cooper Ave. Mall
 FREE community street dance and concert
6 - 8 p.m. : FREE family fun at the Wagner Park Clock Tower with clowns, face painters, Aspen Kettle Corn, PopAspen Cotton Candy, yard games and LIVE music by Brothers Keeper.  
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. : Dancing in the Streets, at Wagner Park Clock Tower, with DJ Naka G & Glow-in-the-Dark Fun! 
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, www.aspenchamber.org, 970-925-1940

6:30 p.m.

Hairspray The Musical!
The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. The 1950’s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. 
Tickets required. 
Purchase tickets in person, by phone, or via our website at: http://www.theatreaspen.org
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, Box Office: 970-300-4474

9:15 p.m.

Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain -- CANCELLED due to Public Safety & Fire Restrictions 
(TBD - weather permitting)

9:30 p.m.

Thievery Corporation
Belly Up Aspen
‘Electronica outfit who combine dub, lounge, jazz, hip-hop and Latin ingredients.’ Return after 13 SOLD OUT shows!
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/.

  • 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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