If you're going to be here for July 4, plan on a day full of activity and classic small-town celebration. At 8am, the Boogie's Buddy Race gets off to a shotgun start. Kids can decorate their bikes at Paepcke Park and then line up and take part in the annual parade, which begins at 11am. The AVSC and the Aspen Art Museum are both holding picnics in the afternoon, and at 4pm the Aspen Music Festival presents its traditional free band concert. Fireworks go off at 9:15 pm, with dancing until 10:30pm at the corner of Mill and Cooper, just a few blocks from Aspen Square!
To add to Aspen's embarrassment of cultural riches, Theatre Aspen has opened its doors with its first production of the summer, The Full Monty. This frisky show is based on the popular British comic film of the same name. The other shows that will rotate in repertoire this summer are a musical version of Little Women and the new show, The Cottage. Tickets are available by visiting www.theatreaspen.org or calling (844) 706-7387.
The 10th annual Aspen Ideas Festival begins today and runs through July 3. Presented by the Aspen Institute, the Ideas Festival brings together more than 300 internationally renowned CEOs, writers, political leaders, economists, actors and more to discuss some of the most important issues facing the world today. It's one of the most prestigious gatherings in the world, and it's thrilling to have it here in Aspen. For details, visit www.aspenideas.org/festival.