Find your way to a fabulous Fourth |

Find your way to a fabulous Fourth

April E. Clark
Arts and entertainment contributor
Carbondale's Fourth of July festivities on Friday will conclude with a fire show in the Fourth Street Plaza.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On the Fourth of July, bike parades, pool parties and patriotic barbecues from Redstone to Rifle celebrate the country’s independence.

Foregoing fireworks for dry conditions, Glenwood Springs plays host to the world’s largest natural hot springs pool party at the historic Hot Springs Pool. Enjoy water slides, burgers on the grill, and soaking in the therapeutic pools for fun for the entire family all day long. The adults can enjoy relaxing downtime over the holiday, as the spa now offers six new services launched at the end of June. The expanded skincare services include complimentary foot rituals with every 90-minute treatment or longer and additional massages and expanded skincare offerings.

“We felt it was time to re-energize our offerings,” said Jeremy Gilley, director of sales and revenue for the Glenwood Hot Springs and Spa of the Rockies. “The new Spa of the Rockies menu is more health- and wellness-oriented than ever before, with an increasing number of treatments incorporating the healing attributes of the mineral hot springs.”

The Eagles Club in downtown Glenwood is providing food and music therapy with a traditional, home-cooked meal featuring barbecue ribs and music by DJ Daytona through the night. The festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, and donations are being collected to support the Fanny Gonzales Cancer Fund.

In Carbondale, free watermelon and ice cream are just a few of the highlights of the Boogie in Bonedale Independence Day celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. today with the 36th annual kids’ parade on Main Street. Enjoy the vibrant costumes and bike parade pageantry Carbondale is well-known for, followed by free watermelon and ice cream in Sopris Park and a pool party at the John M. Fleet Memorial Pool from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday activities take over the town from 5-9 p.m. with live music by Carbondale youth band the No Joes, formed in 2008, on the Fourth Street Plaza Stage at 5 p.m. Valley funk-rock band Tjaar, featuring Dan and Pam Rosenthal, parents of No Joes’ keyboardist and vocalist Carly Rosenthal, follow at 7 p.m.

A fire dancing performance by Dance of the Sacred Fire closes the celebration at 9 p.m.

Also on Main Street, between Weant Blvd. and Third Street, the annual sidewalk chalk art display will decorate Carbondale for the holiday. Artists of all levels can participate, and Main Street businesses are providing chalk while participants can also bring their own.

Carbondale’s newest microbrewers, Roaring Fork Beer Company, 1941 Dolores Way, will tap the keg on its newest creation, and Imperial IPA called Hoppa Road at 2 p.m. Slow Groovin BBQ will bring its food truck from Marble for barbecue from its award-winning pit masters. Music by Aspen jam band Sleight of Hand starts at 5:30 p.m. The band’s influences include Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, Dire Straits, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Phish and high energy bluegrass.

Carbondale Beer Works celebrates the Fourth and First Friday with food and music as well. Along with signature microbrew, Beer Works serves up barbecue ribs, corn on the cob and truffle deviled eggs. Live music plays on the patio at 5 p.m. and Blynde Leap goes on at 9 p.m.

Carbondale’s American Legion post at 97 N. Third St. hosts an old-fashioned cookout at 5 p.m. today with live rock ’n’ roll and blues from Rick Rock and the Roosters. Dinner is $8 for paid members, $12 for nonmembers, and music only is $5.

Up the road from Carbondale, toward McClure Pass on State Highway 133, Redstone hosts a Fourth of July celebration starting at 10 a.m. today with the annual pie sale. A bike decorating party at the Redstone Inn follows at 11 a.m. to prepare for the kids’ parade at noon on Redstone Boulevard. There’s also water games at 1 p.m. and the Ducky Derby community fundraiser, with tickets sold at the park, at 2:30 p.m.

Rifle hosts a bike brigade of its own at 10 a.m. today with a kids’ bike parade, featuring decorating beforehand, starting at West Second Street. The parade comes to a stop at Heinz Park with a patriotic Boy Scouts flag ceremony, performance from the youth summer cheerleading program, slack lining demonstration, and games. The parade follows Thursday night’s Symphony in the Valley concert and fireworks that were rescheduled after a fireworks contractor illness.

New Castle’s Freedom Celebration at Apple Tree Park has an old-fashioned, family theme this year. The annual event starts with a flag-raising ceremony by Cub Scout Pack 221 at noon, children’s games, live music at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. The Freedom Celebration is and open to the public.

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