Music in the mountains for Fourth of July |

Music in the mountains for Fourth of July

April E. Clark
Arts and Entertainment Contributor
Downtown Glenwood Springs is sure to be a red, white and blue sight this Fourth of July.
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ROARING FORK VALLEY — The music will be the fireworks this week as the party for the purple mountain majesties starts midweek with concerts and outdoor celebrations.


In Carbondale, the musical entertainment starts early with Cody Canada and the Departed at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at PAC3.

The band has sold more than a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term “Red Dirt” to the nation.

On Thursday, the 35th annual kids parade down Carbondale’s Main Street starts at 10:30 a.m. The parade ends in Sopris Park where there will be food, children’s games, a bounce house, free watermelon, free ice cream sandwiches and live music.

“We have a fantastic fire show by Dance of Sacred Fire to finish the night [in Carbondale], and fireworks are banned, so this will be as close as anyone can get.” Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the John M. Fleet Community Pool Party. All comers will be offered the locals discounted rate for pool entry.

The Boogie in Bonedale party starts at 5 p.m. at Sopris Park. The free gathering in Carbondale features local favorites Acoustic Mayhem playing spirited tunes in the folk, rock, bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, blues and swing genres.

Following Acoustic Mayhem, event headliners Fishtank Ensemble — a four-piece gypsy jazz band out of L.A. — present everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco and oddball originals. ”Fishtank Ensemble is a cross-breed of gypsy, bluegrass, lounge and exotica rolled into a delicious visual show that will appeal to all ages, which is the best part,” said CCAH executive director Amy Kimberly. “We want everyone to come out and celebrate. Besides, we have a fantastic fire show by Dance of Sacred Fire to finish the night, and fireworks are banned so this will be as close as anyone can get.”


In Rifle, the Symphony in the Valley will play a free concert of patriotic, Americana and Big Band music to celebrate Independence Day starting at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. The family-friendly concert takes place at the Centennial Park band shell, 300 W. Fifth St. Visit for more information.

New Castle

A long-running summer tradition in New Castle, the Apple Tree Community’s 37th annual July Fourth Freedom Celebration features music by the Smuggler Mountain Boys, Sandra Dee, and the New Hope Praise Band. The day’s festivities begin at noon Thursday with games, tournaments and more. A movie will be shown in the park instead of the fireworks show.

Glenwood Springs

In Glenwood, the Downtown Partnership hosts a festive July 4 afternoon as part of its growing Day Out Downtown series. Due to resource limitations, the Fourth of July event — initially titled Downtown Fanfare when launched in 2009 — will forego the live music, clowns, jugglers and street performers of the past for a community affair focusing on downtown businesses.

“Downtowners will still be the star attractions,” said Tom Fleming, program manager of the Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership. “We’ve had live music in the past and activities for the kids, but the ‘main event’ has always been our unique shops, galleries, restaurants and night spots offering special treats and activities throughout the day.”

Fleming said Thursday’s holiday celebration evolved from recent Day Out Downtown events focusing on shops, lodging and eateries.

“Essentially, we’re modeling this year’s event after our new Day Out Downtown event series, which began earlier this year with Ladies Day Out in March, Day Out Downtown in May, and now our Independence Day Out on July 4,” he said. “We’re compiling a listing of specials and promotional activities for the day, and they’ll begin showing up on our website and Facebook posts in the coming days. Thursday is a celebration of our independent, downtown businesses. Everything the partnership does, including special events, is designed to enhance and promote downtown Glenwood as a local, regional and tourist destination.”

July 4th is also Glenwood Hot Springs’ 125th birthday. The pool will be giving away complimentary beach balls and patriotic hats to guests. At 6 p.m, there will be complimentary birthday cake and ice cream, followed by a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long.


Redstone will also hold a parade at noon on Redstone Boulevard, in addition to a pie sale at 10 a.m. and a fly over salute at 11:15 a.m. The Fourth of July celebration also includes a bike decorating party, water games and a ducky derby.

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