Looking for ways to celebrate America’s independence? Commemorate the holiday with food, fireworks, live music and art at some of the area’s hot spots for a scorching Fourth of July. Keep in mind, fireworks schedules could change depending on fire danger in the area. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on:
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Glenwood Downtown Market starts off the Fourth of July celebration at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with music from The New Crystal Consort, followed by a street dance with Cole Campbell and Rattlebone from 5:30-9 p.m. at Centennial Park, at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue. Cook a la Carte’s cooking demonstration features chef Rick Kangas’ “Grillin’ & Chillin'” marinades and rubs at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.glenwoodmarket.com.On Wednesday, Summer of Jazz’s featured artist is New Orleans super group Wild Magnolias. The free concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Two Rivers Park. Bring a picnic and low lawn chairs, but leave the fireworks, glass and dogs at home. See http://www.summerofjazz.com for more information.That night, fireworks reflect over the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, beginning around 9:30 p.m. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department launches fireworks near the Glenwood Springs Community Center, so views are best at Two Rivers Park and the pedestrian bridge.Spectators can also watch the fireworks display from the Hot Springs Pool. Traditional patriotic tunes play poolside beginning at 8 p.m. Swimmers can cool off with red-and-blue Fourth of July ice cream cones. Extended hours are until 10:30 p.m., and rates vary. For information, call 947-2955, or visit http://www.hotspringspool.com.
CARBONDALE – The town’s annual kids parade at 4 p.m. at Second and Main streets Wednesday launches Independence Day activities. Events also include a patriotic reading, chalk art, live music and fireworks. For the parade, kids gather at 3:45 p.m. in front of KDNK to roll down to Sopris Park for free watermelon and games. Stone Brewery offers beer for the big kids, and Smokin’ Willies serves food. The Chalk Art Challenge tradition features 13 original, but not permanent, chalk art pieces by area artists, families and organizations.Live music, sponsored by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, highlights the evening with Moses Guest, a Texas-based, southern rock band, playing at 7 p.m. The Frank Martin Band opens at 5:30 p.m. Martin is a Glenwood Springs musician who has been playing guitar for 35 years, and is equally at ease rocking out on his Stratocaster or playing bluegrass and country on his mandolin and lap steel guitar. A fireworks display at 9 p.m. from White Hill is planned by the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
REDSTONE – On Sunday, Richard Fitzgerald – considered one of the finest wood turners in the country – displays his new works in wood with a reception from 1-4 p.m. His exhibit runs through September. Redstone hosts its annual old-fashioned Fourth of July parade starting at noon Wednesday. Afternoon park events follow the parade.
RIFLE – Fourth of July festivities begin Saturday with the Independence Day Kid’s Parade for children of all ages at 10 a.m. from Rifle City Hall on Second Street. Youngsters are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, big wheels or skateboards in the Fourth of July tradition and ride them in the parade. Children and parents should show up around 9:30 a.m. Parents can accompany younger children. The parade concludes at Heinze Park with activities for the whole family. Wednesday also features Rifle’s Fourth of July fireworks display at dusk.
NEW CASTLE – New Castle’s 28th annual Apple Tree Freedom Celebration begins at noon Wednesday at Apple Tree Park. The family-friendly, alcohol-free event starts with a flag raising ceremony and fire truck rides. Games such as the gunnysack hop, water-balloon toss, horseshoe tournament and the three-legged race take place from noon to 5 p.m. Reining Miss Burning Mountain Royalty perform beginning at 5 p.m.Rodz for God, from Grace Bible Church in Parachute, play at 5:30 p.m. The group combines choreography with patriotic and religious music. Under the big tent, Grace Bible Church’s Son Shine Gang Puppet Team entertains during the afternoon.The Western Slope Stompers perform at 7:15 p.m. and Evidence, a nine-member band from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, play at 8 p.m. The Burning Mountains Fire Department fireworks display starts around 9:30 p.m.
BASALT – Smoke Restaurant, 241 Harris St. in the Willits Town Center, hosts a holiday bash from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday. The menu features $5 pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, $1 Bud drafts, $5 fresh lemonade cocktails, plus a free bounce house, burgers and hot dogs for the kids. Live music is from 4-6 p.m., and a pie-eating contest takes place at 5 p.m.
ASPEN/SNOWMASS – On Saturday, Snowmass Village starts the Independence Day party early with free music by alternative country band Son Volt, followed by one-man jam band Keller Williams, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. A 30-minute, fire-safe laser light show begins at 9 p.m. from Fanny Hill.Aspen’s hometown celebration includes a parade, free picnic, street dance and block party, kids bicycle rodeo and fireworks over Aspen Mountain Wednesday. Also, The Aspen Music Festival and School Band play American favorites beginning at 4 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent. The concert is free. The Snowmass Rodeo takes place, as normal, Wednesday. Visit http://www.snowmassrodeo.org for details.
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