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Nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Aspen Snowmass is renowned for its stunning landscapes, luxurious amenities, and vibrant cultural scene. The Fourth of July here is no exception, offering a perfect blend of traditional festivities, outdoor adventures, and community spirit. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here's your guide to making the most of Independence Day in Aspen Snowmass.

Morning: A Patriotic Start

Boogie's Buddy Race
This long-standing holiday tradition is one of the most anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week, and you won't want to miss out on all the excitement. Whether you're a seasoned runner or a casual walker, there's a race for everyone! With a 5-mile run, a 5K, and a family fun run, everyone can participate. Plus, the race is family and pet-friendly, so bring your little ones and furry friends along.

This family and pet-friendly event supports the Buddy Program’s four youth mentoring programs, benefiting over 550 youth, families, and volunteers from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, and Rifle!  Register here.

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade | Main Street
The annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street is a highlight of the day. Starting around 11 AM, the parade features an eclectic mix of floats, marching bands, vintage cars, and more. It's a heartwarming display of community pride, and kids will love the candy and treats thrown from the floats. The parade will start on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue.  Be sure to arrive early to secure a good viewing spot.

Afternoon: Family Fun and Festivities

AVSC 4th of July BBQ
The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club hosts its annual fundraiser every year in Koch Park.  Food is provided by the Little Nell and the afternoon inlcudes live music, beer garden, wine + tequila bar, bouncy castles, dunk tank, yard games, face painting and more!  All benefiting the AVSC athletes. Learn more here.

Aspen Music Festival and School 4th of July Concert
Aspen Music Festival and School hosts a free patriotic concert in the afternoon. Bring a blanket and enjoy live music under the open sky. The repertoire typically includes American classics and patriotic tunes, providing a perfect soundtrack to your Independence Day celebrations.  Learn more here.

Evening: Good Old Fashioned Fun

Snowmass Rodeo | July 3rd
Experience a slice of the Wild West at the Snowmass Rodeo. This long-standing tradition features bull riding, barrel racing, and a variety of rodeo events. It's an exciting, family-friendly event that captures the spirit of the Rockies. The rodeo typically starts in the late afternoon and runs into the evening.  Learn more here.

July 4th Community Concert Hosted by Belly Up Aspen | Wagner Park 
Belly Up Aspen is bringing the party to downtown Wagner Park!  Grab your blanket or camping chair and groove to music in the park after all the festivities.

Exploring the Outdoors

Hiking and Biking
Aspen Snowmass is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Take advantage of the long summer days to explore the area's extensive network of hiking and biking trails. Popular trails include the Maroon Bells Scenic Loop, the Hunter Creek Trail, and the Government Trail. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride, you’ll find a trail that suits your preference.  Learn more here.

White Water Rafting
For those seeking adventure, white water rafting on the Roaring Fork River is an exhilarating option. Several local outfitters offer guided trips, ranging from gentle float trips suitable for families to heart-pounding rapids for thrill-seekers.  We recommend Blazing Adventures.

Scenic Gondola Rides | Aspen and Snowmass
For a more relaxed way to take in the stunning mountain views, hop on the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen or the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass. The Silver Queen gondola takes you to the top of Aspen Mountain, where you can enjoy panoramic vistas, dine at the Sundeck restaurant, or simply relax in the sun.  The Elk Camp Gondola deposits at Elk Camp Meadows, the hub to a myriad of acitivities.  Climb higher to the top pf Elk Camp Chair (11,325 ft.) to steal a special view of the Maroon Bells.

Tips for a Great Fourth of July in Aspen Snowmass

Plan Ahead: Accommodations and events can fill up quickly, so make reservations and purchase tickets in advance.

Dress in Layers: Mountain weather can be unpredictable. Bring layers to stay comfortable throughout the day and evening.

Stay Hydrated: At high altitudes, it's important to drink plenty of water, especially if you're participating in outdoor activities.

Respect Nature: Whether you're hiking, biking, or picnicking, always follow Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the natural beauty of Aspen Snowmass.

Ready to Book Your Patriotic Adventure? 

Frias Properties offers condos, private homes, and hotel-like accommodations in Aspen and Snowmass Village.  We offer a host of complimentary services and amenitties including Aspen airport transportation.  Browse our rentals or contact one of our Reservations Specialists at 970.920.2010 to celebrate the 4th with us!

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