Reimagine Aspen 4th

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This survey and ideas section are now closed. The next step is to report the findings back to the 4th of July Committee and then hold some focus groups to dig deeper into themes we heard from the survey results. You can see the survey results to the right. A total of 387 people took the survey.


For decades, the City of Aspen and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) have been working in partnership with the community to host Aspen’s 4th of July celebration. The centerpieces of that partnership are the parade in downtown Aspen and when fire conditions permit, a firework display in the evening. The day’s events are rounded out with community-sponsored events such as picnics, fun runs, kids’ activities, yoga, and classical music alongside holiday offerings for a fee such as restaurant specials and concerts at local music venues.

Over the last decade or two, the parade event has grown in length and participation, both in those sponsoring floats and viewers on the sidelines. There has been some concern from Aspen City Council and members of the community that there is too much reliance on fossil fuels for the parade (vehicle powered floats for instance) and there is an opportunity to reignite the event in a more environmentally friendly, less carbon intensive manner.

In addition, crowds and noise are an attractant for some and unpleasant for others.

With the recent changes in the event due to COVID-19, this is the perfect time for The City of Aspen and ACRA to ask you – our community – for your values and dreams around the 4th of July holiday, which tends to evoke feelings of nostalgia, independence, and a quest for community in many or a reason to flee to the hills for other.

So here we are, asking for your feedback to determine how we can reimagine the 4th of July events and celebrations in 2022 and beyond in a way that nurtures our community’s values, desires, and creative ideas. We have no preconceived notions. Maybe it will be the same, maybe it will be different, maybe it will be beyond what we individually can conceive of but together can make magnificent, environmentally friendly, and inclusive.

We look forward to your feedback.

Please fill out the questionnaire below and use the idea tab to tell us about your 4th of July dreams.

This survey and ideas section are now closed. The next step is to report the findings back to the 4th of July Committee and then hold some focus groups to dig deeper into themes we heard from the survey results. You can see the survey results to the right. A total of 387 people took the survey.


For decades, the City of Aspen and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) have been working in partnership with the community to host Aspen’s 4th of July celebration. The centerpieces of that partnership are the parade in downtown Aspen and when fire conditions permit, a firework display in the evening. The day’s events are rounded out with community-sponsored events such as picnics, fun runs, kids’ activities, yoga, and classical music alongside holiday offerings for a fee such as restaurant specials and concerts at local music venues.

Over the last decade or two, the parade event has grown in length and participation, both in those sponsoring floats and viewers on the sidelines. There has been some concern from Aspen City Council and members of the community that there is too much reliance on fossil fuels for the parade (vehicle powered floats for instance) and there is an opportunity to reignite the event in a more environmentally friendly, less carbon intensive manner.

In addition, crowds and noise are an attractant for some and unpleasant for others.

With the recent changes in the event due to COVID-19, this is the perfect time for The City of Aspen and ACRA to ask you – our community – for your values and dreams around the 4th of July holiday, which tends to evoke feelings of nostalgia, independence, and a quest for community in many or a reason to flee to the hills for other.

So here we are, asking for your feedback to determine how we can reimagine the 4th of July events and celebrations in 2022 and beyond in a way that nurtures our community’s values, desires, and creative ideas. We have no preconceived notions. Maybe it will be the same, maybe it will be different, maybe it will be beyond what we individually can conceive of but together can make magnificent, environmentally friendly, and inclusive.

We look forward to your feedback.

Please fill out the questionnaire below and use the idea tab to tell us about your 4th of July dreams.

If you have a question for the City or ACRA, let us know here.

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Page last updated: 06 August 2021, 10:45