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Fourth of July fireworks back with a bang

It’s Fourth of July weekend and for the first time in many years Glenwood Springs will have a fireworks display. The fireworks, canceled on recent July 4 holidays due to fire danger, will be set off at dusk on Sunday evening in Two Rivers Park. In addition to Glenwood’s display, other towns around the Roaring Fork Valley have organized plenty of ways to celebrate July 4 as well. Carbondale has a big day of events planned. At 9 a.m. Sunday, Carbondale kids will meet with decorated faces, bikes, and scooters at Main Street and 2nd for a kids parade. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Free watermelon, chalk art, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence follow the parade in Sopris Park. Carbondale’s festivities continue at 4 p.m. with Papa Mali, a New Orleans swamp boogie-woogie band, in Sopris Park in Carbondale. And the grand finale for Carbondale’s July 4 is a fireworks display at 9 p.m. in North Face Park. New Castle’s Apple Tree Mobile Home Park will have a full day of activities planned, starting with a flag raising by Cub Scout Troop 221 at noon. Family fun and kids games will go throughout the afternoon with an appearance by Uncle Sam and rides in an old-time fire engine. When the sun starts to droop just a bit local bands will take the stage:• 5:30 p.m. – The River Youth Band• 6:30 p.m. – New Hope Faith Band • 7:15 p.m. – Shonna Portain and the West Slope Stompers• 7:45 p.m. – Nicole Hope Crandell • 8:15 p.m. – Steve and Shawn Reed• 9 p.m. – New Hope Faith BandFireworks will be set off at Apple Tree’s annual Freedom Celebration at dusk.Rifle will have fireworks at dusk near Rifle High School. The Basalt Regional Historical Society will be hosting a Fourth of July town picnic in Arbaney Park on from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The society will serve up hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, lemonade and watermelon, but asks that everyone bring a side dish or dessert to share.Along with the food they’ll have a tug-of-rope contest, a cake walk, gunnysack races, three-leg races and a fly casting contest. Even the horseshoe pits are free at this event, although donations are appreciated.Michael Martin Murphy’s WestFest (see http://www.westfest.net), brings a full weekend of activities to Snowmass Village. The town will set off fireworks at 8:30 p.m. at Fanny Hill. Aspen’s Fourth of July festivities go on all day long, but start at 8 a.m. with the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Race, and a One-Mile Family and Canine Walk Race at 9:15. An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is at noon down Main Street. The big event of the day is at 9:15 p.m. when fireworks explode over Aspen Mountain. Information: http://www.aspenchamber.org.


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