Aspen has one of the oldest and largest 4th of July parades in the country. And there are lots of other ways to celebrate the all-American holiday in America’s premier mountain town. So get out your red, white and blue, and celebrate the 4th of July in Aspen style. Here are some highlights of things to do.

Boogie’s Buddy Race: Tie up your running shoes for the 5-mile race to benefit the Buddy Program, the Roaring Fork Valley’s youth mentoring program. Race info and registration

13th Annual America’s Birthday Carnival: If you brought the kids along, head to Paepcke Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for games, food and decorating for the kids bicycle rodeo.

4th of july aspen parade Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade: Make sure you’ve got your spot on Main Street before the 11:00 a.m. start. Or register to be in the parade for free.

AVSC 4th of July Picnic: Play some volleyball and enjoy a few cold ones from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Koch Park. It’s all for a good cause: the nonprofit Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

Aspen Music Festival and School Free Concert: What the 4th of July without the patriotic favorites? Here them for free in the Benedict Music Tent at 4:00 p.m.

Live Music—Defiance Stringband: Grab dinner in the Limelight Lounge accompanied by eclectic acoustic Americana sounds.

Dancing in the Streets: Doctor Robert Beatles Tribute Band will be rocking an homage to America’s British Invasion from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. along the Mill St./Cooper Ave. Mall.

Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain: The grand finale of the day kicks off at 9:15 p.m. weather permitting. Enjoy the spectacular show and feel proud to be an American—in Aspen.

Stay updated on all 4th of July events and schedules at And keep track of other happenings on the Limelight’s Hotel Events Calendar.

Ever celebrated the 4th of July in Aspen? What’s your favorite part?