No fireworks, but plenty of flyovers for Fourth
Aerial fireworks are on hold due to wildfire dangers, but there’s still a reason to keep your eyes on the skies during today’s Fourth of July celebrations.A pair of Colorado Air National Guard F16 fly-overs are scheduled for the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys.The first flight will pass over Redstone at 12:05 p.m., then continue to Carbondale. The second pass comes at 6:40 p.m. when the jets fly south to north over Highway 133 through Carbondale, then loop around and circle Mount Sopris before a final pass over town.The flights were arranged by Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Carol Farris. This is the third straight year she has arranged the flights, which are coming out of Buckley Field in Colorado Springs.The rest of today’s Fourth of July action is as follows.GLENWOOD SPRINGSThe City of Glenwood Springs will host an Independence Day celebration, sans fireworks, from 5-9 p.m. today at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Titled, “The Sky is the Limit,” the celebration is free and open to the public.The evening’s schedule is as follows:5-8 p.m. – free in-line skating party; inflatable rides in the gymnasium, including Moon Bounce, Velcro Wall, and Sumo Wrestling; free hot dogs, beans, and slaw; free gymnasium time. 6-7 p.m. – Kite flying contest with categories and prizes.6-9 p.m. – live music by four-time Local’s Choice winners for Best Local Band, The Dags.7:30 p.m. – flag-raising ceremony at the Community Center.To volunteer, call Kathleen Milbrath at 384-6312.REDSTONEBeginning at about 10 a.m., the Redstone Museum will sell pie, whole or by the slice. Pies were made by the ladies of Redstone.The annual parade begins at noon, followed immediately by the annual kids’ water games, presented by the Redstone Fire Department. From 1-4 p.m., Chuck Grossman and band and Steve Koch will provide live music in the park. At 5:30 p.m., music moves to the Crystal Club.From 1-3 p.m., Montrose chain saw carver Ken Davis will give a demonstration of his art. A drawing for one of his carvings will be held following the demonstration.Redstone’s restaurants and shops will be open throughout the day. Redstone Boulevard will be closed from noon to about 4 p.m., at the General Store.For access to the north end of town (gas, the Redstone Inn and Castle, the Redstone Art Center), access Redstone at the north entrance. For access to points south of the General Store, take the south, or first exit.NEW CASTLEThe New Castle Superbowl invites the family to barbecue on the patio, with music by Cowboy Attitude, from 3:30-8 p.m. There will be dancing, two-for-one drink specials, bowling and arcade specials. This is an all-ages event. Shuttle service is available to Rifle and Glenwood Springs. Call 984-2793 for details.A lack of fireworks won’t stop the Apple Tree Park at the Village Green from hosting a grand celebration. The festivities begin at 7 a.m., with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Burning Mountain Fire Department Auxiliary, Station No. 3. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverages. At noon, Cub Scout Pack 221 will honor Americans with a flag-raising ceremony. Just after that, enjoy rides on Engine #1, New Castle’s original, 1949 fire engine.From noon to 6 p.m., the public is welcome to participate in activities derived from “the old events from years past,” including a sand treasure hunt, horseshoe tournament, cake walk, food booths, dart booth, and much more, including Slip-N-Slide and “Old Face Full Fountain.” Food will be provided by The Garden School.Entertainment, provided by New Hope Worship Team and other contemporary Christian musicians, begins at 6 p.m.From 7-9 p.m., The Garden School presents a Community & Family Dance with contra dancing to Irish and folk music by Rosie & the Weed Patch. A new dancer orientation will be provided before each dance. The caller will be Cheryl Currier of Rifle. Suggested donation is $15 per family and $5 per single.At 9 p.m. (or about the time the fireworks would normally start), enjoy stargazing through telescopes, courtesy members of the local astronomy club.ASPENThe Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5- and 1-mile Family/Canine Walk Race registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $25 prior to race day, or $35 at the event. Proceeds benefit The Buddy Program. Call 920-2130, or register online at http://www.active.com.At 10 a.m., in Paepcke Park, children will decorate their bikes for riding in the parade. Helmets are mandatory. For details, call Charlie at The Hub of Aspen, 925-7978.From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Early Learning Center will host “America’s Birthday Carnival” at Paepcke Park. Call Kim Allen, 274-0246, for details.At noon, enjoy the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, featuring a fly-by over Main Street by the U.S. Air Force. Valley veterans are invited to march with the “Thanks to Our Valley Veterans” parade entry. Veterans should meet on Hyman Avenue at the start of the parade at 11:30 a.m.At 1 p.m., the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club hosts the seventh annual Community Picnic at Koch Park. Call Christy at 925-2720, ext. 101, for details.At 2 p.m., enjoy a free ice skating exhibition at the Aspen Ice Garden. Call Jenny, 920-5142, for details.From 2-6 p.m., Aspen Highlands hosts a community barbecue picnic, with live music by Bobby Mason & Smokin’ Joe Kelley, and the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rally. Call Brittany at 948-8634 for details.The Aspen Music Festival hosts a free Fourth of July concert at the Benedict Music Tent, beginning at 7 p.m.At 8:15, take to the streets and enjoy dancing to live music by Network, on the Mall at Mill Street and Cooper Avenue. Admission: $0; memories: priceless.CARBONDALEThe 26th annual Carbondale Kids Parade begins at 10 a.m. Children are invited to line up in front of the KDNK/Solar Institute building, located at Second and Main. Children are invited to walk, skate, ride scooters or bikes, and may travel as individuals or in groups. Pets are allowed, but must be on leashes. Cloggers and other dancers, soccer teams, baseball teams, tae kwon do groups and others are encouraged to participate. Performances are welcome. Costumes and decorated bicycles are encouraged, but not necessary. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.Veterans of any branch are also invited to lead the children in this patriotic event. All other adults should plan on being spectators ONLY. Political and other adult entries will be turned away.For details, call Chris at 963-3850 or Annie at 963-9559.Songwriter and recording artist T. Ray Becker performs original material beginning at 9:30 p.m., at the Black Nugget. SNOWMASS VILLAGEThe town of Snowmass Village will host the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Community Picnic, from 5-8:30 p.m., with free food and refreshments for the first 1,000 people who show up. There will be lots of children’s games and activities at the Kids Village. The event takes place at the park, located on Brush Creek Road just past the Rodeo Grounds.PARACHUTEChildren are invited to walk, walk their dogs, or ride their bikes (decorated bikes always welcome) in a brief but fun Independence Day parade. The VFW Post 5485 Color Guard will lead the parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and runs from Sipprelle Drive to Mesa Vista Assisted Living, 72 Sipprelle Drive. It is sponsored by the VFW Post No. 5485 and the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Following the parade, Jack Blankenship will give an Independence Day reading. EAGLEChildren are invited to start their Independence Day celebration early by participating in the annual Kids Bike Parade. The parade begins at 8:15 a.m., and travels from the Brush Creek Playground to Eagle Town Park. Just decorate your bicycle in Fourth of July attire. Prizes will be awarded. At the park, enjoy festivities and entertainment. At 6:30 p.m., the community is invited to a free concert at Eagle Town Park, with music by the New Summitridge Jazz Band.
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