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Aspen Fourth of July Fireworks Cancelled, but the Parade Goes On

There will be no fireworks in Aspen this Fourth of July because of fire danger, but Aspen’s annual fanfare will go on–as long as it doesn’t rain on the parade. It’s one of the busiest days in Aspen all year long, and here’s the calendar for helpful navigation:

JULY 4, 2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8 a.m. Boogie’s Buddy Race, Boogie’s Diner
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 and canine 1-mile walk. Sign up online at www.buddyprogram.org or in person in front of Boogie’s Diner June 30 – July 3.
10 a.m. Kid’s Bicycle Decorating, Paepcke Park
Open to kids riding bicycles in the parade
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 13th Annual “America’s Birthday Carnival,” Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival featuring games, food, silent auction, and bake sale
Early Learning Center, 970-920-9201
12 p.m. Old Fashioned 4th of July PARADE, Main Street 
1-4 p.m. AVSC 4th of July Picnic, Koch Park 
$10 for adults, $5 for kids under 10
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
1:30 p.m. Aspen Art Museum’s Free 4th of July Community Picnic, Aspen Art Museum
The AAM 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.
4 p.m. The Aspen Music Festival and School’s FREE Fourth of July Concert, Benedict Music Tent
A beloved tradition, this celebration brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites.
4-9 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.
6:30 p.m. Les Miserables, The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Special 30th Anniversary Ticket Price: $30/adults, $15/kids 12 and under
Epic, grand, and uplifting, Les Miserables 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.
8-10:30 p.m. “Dancing In The Streets” with The Congress, 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
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