A variety of celebratory events are planned for the Independence Day holiday, starting Thursday evening with a Symphony in the Valley concert, followed by fireworks, and continuing Friday throughout Garfield County and up the Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys.
The annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Rifle takes place a day earlier this year, starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Preceding the fireworks will be the 8:15 p.m. concert of patriotic favorites taking place in Centennial Park. The best fireworks viewing is also in the park.
Reminder: Glenwood Springs will not have a fireworks display this year. Celebrations are planned in Carbondale, Redstone, Aspen, New Castle’s Apple Tree Park and continuing in Rifle.
In Glenwood Springs, the Lions Club will hold its Firecracker 4K run on Friday at Two Rivers Park.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. Friday in the park. The race begins at 8 a.m. and follows a 4-kilometer (approximately 2.5-mile) route along the Rio Grande Trail to a turnaround point and back to the park.
The 4K race will be followed by a free fun run for kids age 6 and under, also at Two Rivers Park.
The entry fee for the 4K is $20 for adults and $10 for those 17 and under, with proceeds benefitting the Lions vision care project.
Information/registration: (970) 984-3360, or http://web.glenwoodchamber.com/events/.
Boogie in Bonedale
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities sponsor the annual Boogie in Bonedale celebration, including a kids’ parade at 10:30 a.m. Friday on Main Street.
Immediately following will be a celebration in Sopris Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including free watermelon and ice cream and a pool party at the John M. Fleet Memorial Pool.
The Fourth coincides with Carbondale’s monthly First Fridays celebration, taking place from 5-9 p.m. downtown.
Events will include a sidewalk chalk art display between Weant Boulevard and Third Street; live music by The No Joes at 5 p.m. and Tjaar at 7 p.m. at the Fourth Street Plaza; and fire dancing by Dance of the Sacred Fire starting at 9 p.m., also at the downtown plaza.
Main Street, between Third and Weant will be closed during First Friday festivities.
The annual Redstone Community Association’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday with a pie sale at the museum in Redstone Park along the Crystal River. Redstone is about 17 miles south of Carbondale on State Highway 133.
Kids can get ready for the parade with a bike decorating party at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Redstone Inn. The parade begins at noon along Redstone Boulevard.
At 1 p.m., the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District and the Crystal Club Cafe host kids’ water games, followed by the Ducky Derby community fundraiser at 2:30 p.m. Ducky Derby tickets will be sold at the park.
New Castle Freedom Celebration
An old-fashioned, family gathering is the theme of the annual July 4th Freedom Celebration at Apple Tree Park near New Castle, including games for the kids, music and a fireworks display at dusk.
This marks the 38th year that the park, located on the south side of the Colorado River along County Road 335, will host the day-long event. It begins at noon with a flag-raising ceremony by Cub Scout Pack 221, followed by a variety of activities and games for the kids.
Entertainment and live music will start at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled at 9:30 p.m.
“We have a green light for the fireworks right now,” said Russell Talbott, one of the owners of Apple Tree Park. “But we’re very dependent on Colorado River Fire Rescue, so the weather conditions will dictate if they will have the manpower to be on hand.”
New this year at the Freedom Celebration is Putt-Putt Golf, along with traditional favorites including the Watermelon Woof, Banana Blitz, Sand Treasure Hunt and the Golf Ball Plunge. Live entertainment will be performed by the Western Slope Stompers, New Hope Band, Nichole Hope and Danny Byram.
This celebration is open to the public.
“We started it with the desire to have an old-fashioned, family-friendly event without alcohol,” Talbott said. “And we usually get about 400 kids from all over.”
There is a $5 fee for the all-day activities, which goes to help offset the cost of the fireworks. Hamburgers, soft drinks and snow cones will be available for purchase from The Garden School.
Volunteers are also needed to help out with the kids’ activities and games. To sign up, call Apple Tree Park at 984-2943 and ask for Russell or Martha.
Rifle July Fourth events
The Rifle Parks & Recreation Department hosts a kids bike parade at 10 a.m. Youngsters should decorate their bike in an Independence Day theme and be at the community lot, at the corner of West Second Street and Railroad Avenue, before the start.
The parade starts on West Second Street, west of Railroad Avenue, turns north onto Railroad Avenue and ends at Heinze Park.
At the park, the Boy Scouts will hold a flag ceremony, followed by a cheerleading demonstration by the youth in the department’s summer cheerleading program, a slack lining demonstration and other games.
Aspen Old-Fashioned Fourth
Those wanting to venture upvalley to Aspen can take in a full day of July Fourth events, beginning with the annual Boogie’s Buddy 5-Mile run at 8 a.m. in front of Boogie’s Diner and benefitting the Buddy Program.
Sign up online in advance at www.buddyprogram.org, or in person in front of Boogie’s Diner through Thursday and again before the race.
Aspen events include a parade on Main Street at 11 a.m. It’s free to participate, mandatory registration by calling (970) 429-2093 or at www.aspen4th.com, which also has a full listing of events.
Fireworks over Aspen Mountain are scheduled at about 9:15 p.m., weather permitting.