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Local offerings for the Fourth

Towns far and wide will celebrate the all-American holiday, the Fourth of July, on Friday.Carbondale, Rifle and Parachute will shoot off fireworks this year.Here’s a line-up of events in the area:-Glenwood Springs will not be shooting off fireworks, but there will be a free celebration in Two Rivers Park from 6-9 p.m.There’ll be a kite-flying contest, and kids can make small kites and test them out. All size kites and skill levels are welcome to join. Ribbons will be given to everyone who participates.The Village Inn is sponsoring an old-fashioned pie-eating contest. And if that isn’t enough, there’ll be a watermelon seed-shooting contest and corn shucking. Get a group to pull together for the tug-of-war contest.Kids will also have fun with the big blow-up inflatables: Moonbounce, Sumo Wrestling and the obstacle course.Doc’s delectable barbecue will be served, with beef brisket, pork loin and chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. Sandwiches are $7, hot dogs $1.50, drinks are $1, combo platter for $10.There will also be live music from the Pocket from 6-7 p.m., and The Otis Roach Band will play from 7-9 p.m.Coolers and 3.2 alcohol will be allowed, but no glass bottles or containers and no dogs allowed.For more information call the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 384-6300.-The 24th annual Apple Tree Park Freedom Celebration in New Castle will feature a cake walk, dunk tank, races, cloggers, a treasure hunt, slip and slide, volleyball and food. The Hard Times Band will play from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the park. They’re a Christian group that plays country, gospel and bluegrass.-All military veterans and those on active duty will be recognized at Aspen’s Fourth of July Parade at 11:30 a.m. The Denver Young Marine Color Guard will lead a veteran’s tribute.-The Basalt Regional Heritage Society will host a Fourth of July town picnic from noon to 3 p.m. in Arbaney Park. Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade and watermelon. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. The fun includes tug-of-rope contest, cake walk, gunny sack races, three leg races and a fly casting contest. Horseshoe pits are available. Free, although any donation will be appreciated and used for restoration of the Arbaney Barn.-The Redstone Community Association’s Fourth of July festivities begin with the parade at noon followed by games in the park and a yellow ducky race on the Crystal River. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Food will be available along the boulevard.


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