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Ah, the Fourth of the July.

I have fond memories of family Fourths growing up in northern Illinois (namely, driving to Wisconsin to buy fireworks), but I’m looking forward to enjoying the holiday with new friends in a new place this year.

And there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

That’s one thing I love about this area; the cities and towns from Aspen to Rifle are all connected so much more than the cities where I’m from.

Back home, I hardly ever left the Rockford area (except for excursions into Chicago). Now, I’m finding myself checking out events calendars for spots almost 70 miles apart and thinking nothing of it. I could go see a Johnny Cash tribute show in Rifle, or I could watch the fireworks in Aspen, or celebrate Independence Day somewhere in-between.

What I’ll actually be doing this Fourth is camping, though, which is a tradition I never participated in growing up.

I guess, when in Rome…

Friday

It’s time for another First Friday in Carbondale, and this one looks like it’s going to be a doozy. Use Main Street as a canvas from 5 to 9 p.m. with sidewalk chalk, enjoy live music from Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers and Mile Markers, and watch a fire show at 9 p.m. Note that Main Street will be closed from Weant Boulevard to Third Street from 5 to 9 p.m. And, as always, take an art walk through Carbondale’s galleries.

Saturday

The New Ute Events Center is bringing another fantastic act to Rifle, Cash’d Out. The Johnny Cash tribute band is known as one of the best in the world, and that concert is going to fit in so nicely with the Ute’s retro interior. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.utetheater.com.

Sunday

Sunday sounds like a lovely day for a little trip to Aspen, doesn’t it? The Aspen Music Festival is under way, and some of the best classical music in the world is right up Highway 82. There are a variety of events to take advantage of this Sunday, all of which are or could be free. First, at 9:30 a.m., listen to the Aspen Festival Orchestra rehearsal for a majorly discounted price of $20 (the concert itself later that afternoon costs $80 for inside seating). Then enjoy a free walking tour to the tent starting from the Hotel Jerome Lobby at 2 p.m. When you get there at 3 p.m., you’ll hear a free preconcert talk at Harris Concert Hall. Then at 4 p.m., you can enjoy the Aspen Festival Orchestra’s performance for free if you relax on the lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent. Finish off your day upvalley with a free chamber music studio recital with students of David Finckel and Wu Han.

Jessica Cabe loves sleeping outside. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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