Five awesome events for Vail Valley’s 4th |

Five awesome events for Vail Valley’s 4th

Taylor R. RoozenVail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoDeb Dutmer, Larry Dutmer, and Peter Cirkovic perform their STOMP! routine with a group from Trinity Church during last year's July 4 parade in Vail

VAIL, Colorado -Vail, Colorado will host its 25th Vail America Days Parade from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The theme is “Cowboy Style,” so the floats will reflect the Wild West.The parade includes everybody, said Laurie Asmussen, organizer for Vail America Days.”Its been going on almost since Vail became Vail,” she said.”The parade keeps its grass roots base, and anyone can participate … We have new entries and people that have been here for years,” she continued. “You know Packy Walker will show up wearing something fun that will help us poke some fun at ourselves.”Because it is such a strong tradition, it always ends up being a great time for visitors and locals. “Plus people come into Vail from other parts of the valley that usually might not,” she said. The parade will travel from Golden Peak, through Vail Village, and will finish in Lionshead. For more information on the parade route, visit the parade enjoy street entertainment in both Lionshead and Vail Village until 5 p.m.The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform the annual patriotic concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 2 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Lawn seating is free and available on a first come, first-served basis. One hundred percent of the concert’s ticket sales will be donated to the Vail Veteren’s Program in memory of Jack Kemp.The fireworks will go off at Golden Peak in Vail at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.The Vail Police Department will enforce a town-wide curfew for unsupervised kids under the age of 18 after 10:30 p.m., and after this time, those under 21 will not be allowed into a special event district covering a four-block area in Vail Village.

With more than 10,000 shells bursting over Nottingham Lake, Avon’s firework show Friday night will be the biggest in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and will be choreographed to music that will play on KZYR 97.7.Leave your alcohol and pets at home, and bring your family and blankets to Harry A. Nottingham Park.There will be more than 30 vendors, and live music. Local band Blue Zilla will play at 6 p.m. and Foghat will follow at 8 p.m. As usual, there will be a family fun zone with face painting, balloons, bouncy toys, and carnival games. For the big kids, there’s a beer garden on the main soccer field.The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Beaver Creek will begin its 17th annual Fourth of July “Clambake at Beano’s Cabin.” Lawn games, a barbecue, seafood and live entertainment make this an original Independence Day celebration.Plus, there will be mac and cheese and chicken strips for the kids.Reservations are required for the Clambake, and transportation will be provided from the Village in Beaver Creek.The cost is $55 for adults and $25 for kids. Call 970-754-3463 for ticket info.After the Clambake, Beaver Creek will open its back lawn, at the base of the Centennial Express Chairlift, for an evenening of free live music.Alto Reed’s Blues Entourage, featuring Alto Reed from the Bob Seger Band and George Terry, guitarist for Eric Clapton, will play at 6 p.m. on the Beaver Creek lawn, at the base of the Centennial Express Lift (#6). The Neville Brothers will follow at 7:45 p.m.The Park Hyatt will begin selling $5 picnics at 5 p.m. when the concert gates open with food ranging from hot dogs to grilled veggies with boursin cheese.At 9:15 p.m. there will be a fireworks display over Beaver Creek Mountain.

Holding off on the fireworks, Minturn celebrates in modest style. There will be an afternoon concert and picnic from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Little Beach Park.The Tobacco Road Band with Scotty Cash will play, the Gourmet Cowboy will provide the food, and there will also be face painting and balloons.Call 970-827-5645 or visit for more information.

Those cute kids will dress up their wheels again on Saturday for the annual 4th of July bike parade in Eagle. They’ll leave Brush Creek Park at 8:30 a.m. and head for Eagle Town Park.Kids should get there at 8 a.m. with their bikes ready for judging. Games, treats and prizes will be waiting at Eagle Town Park.At 10 p.m., the towns of Eagle and Gypsum, and Eagle County will light up the Eagle County Fair Grounds for Downvalley spectators.Contact Mary Boyd at 328-9455 for more information on the downvalley fourth, and the bike parade.The Dusty Boot restaurant, at 1099 Capitol St. in Eagle, plans a weekend-long barbecue celebration on the patio. Today, live music starts at 5 p.m. timed with a crawfish boil. On Saturday, Eagle County rock band, Hustle, performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the crawfish boil. Live music on Sunday is set for 3 to 6 p.m. A bouncy castle will entertain children throughout the weekend. There is no cover charge. For more information, call the Dusty Boot at 970-328-7002 or visit

Gypsum hosts an outdoor concert Friday. Local funk-rock band, In the Pocket, will perform. The free show starts at 7 p.m. at Lundgren Theater. Nosh on free hot dogs beginning at 7 p.m. and enjoy an apple pie baking contest at 7:30 p.m. An outdoor showing of the animated mouse movie “An American Tail” starts at dusk. For more information, contact Dawn Ritts at 970-524-1740.

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