Vail America Days parade entries due June 24 by 5 p.m. | VailDaily.com

Vail America Days parade entries due June 24 by 5 p.m.

Vail Fourth of July Parade 2012.

Vail Fourth of July Parade 2012.

VAIL — Event organizers announced that entries for Vail’s Fourth of July parade are currently being accepted through June 24 at 5 p.m. Vail’s 50th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the Vail America Days weekend. The Vail 50th-themed parade will start at Golden Peak at 10 a.m. on July 4 and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead.

Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday, attracting thousands of spectators. Application forms are available at the town of Vail Municipal Building or at www.vailamericadays.com. Entries are available in seven categories: youth, marching, equestrian, motorized, merchant/business, float and most original. Fees vary from $50 for a nonprofit to $200 for a business entry.

Parade route

The parade will begin at Golden Peak and continue west to Hanson Ranch Road, north on Bridge Street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across the International Bridge, west along Meadow Drive and finally through the Lionshead Mall to the finish.

Volunteers are needed to help organizers keep the parade moving. Duties include holding balloons, carrying banners and assisting with traffic. Contact Highline at 970-476-6797, ext. 108, or send an email to peggy@gohighline.com for more volunteering details.

The Vail America Days celebration has been expanded to a four-day festival featuring spectacular fireworks, classic town parade, live music and entertainment, children’s entertainment and an open-air street festival atmosphere.

For more information, visit www.vailamericadays.com or call Highline at 970-476-6797.