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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – With full fanfare and lots of fireworks, Vail Valley is celebrating Independence Day all weekend. Minturn and Vail each host a parade, and there’s plenty of clams to be had at Beaver Creek. For folks in Eagle and Gypsum, the Independence Day holiday brings back popular, free family fun. Up valley, Avon will again shoot off one of the state’s biggest displays while the Vail America Days parade marches through the resort community. No matter where you are headed this Independence Day, here’s the lowdown.SATURDAYMINTURNMinturn will be bustling Saturday. The Summer Minturn Market takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes children’s entertainment and music. The Minturn Independence Day Parade is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the town’s Main Street. Celebrate with music, food and kid’s activities after the parade at 4 p.m. at Little Beach Park. For more information, visit http://www.minturn.org.VAIL Events in Vail Saturday include:Vail Lacrosse Shootout, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Men’s elite at Ford Park and Freedom Park in Edwards; Women’s Elite at Freedom Park and Vail Athletic Field. Eagle Bahn Gondola, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lionshead. Guided Garden Tour, 10:30 a.m., Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Ford Park. Guided Nature Hike, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nature Discovery Center, top of Gondola. Vail Public Library Book Sale, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Community Room. Bravo!: Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail. Fireside Program, 7 p.m., Gore Creek Amphitheater. SUNDAYAVONSalute to the USAThe town of Avon boasts the Rocky Mountain’s “largest display of fireworks.” On Sunday, more than 10,000 shells will explode as the finale to the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Salute to the USA. The fireworks will be choreographed to a musical score, which will be simulcast on KZYR 97.7. The gates of Nottingham Park open at 5 p.m. and admission is free. No alcohol or pets are allowed but picnic baskets are welcome. DJ Harry starts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks go off at 9:45 p.m. Visit http://www.avon.org to learn more. VAIL Vail events for Sunday include:La Sportiva Vail HillClimb Trail Running Race, 8 a.m., start at Slifer Square. For more information visit http://www.vailrec.com. Vail Lacrosse Shootout presented by Harrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Men’s Elite at Ford Park & Vail Athletic Field and Freedom Park in Edwards; Women’s Elite at Freedom Park & championship game at Ford Park. Eagle Bahn Gondola, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lionshead. Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vail Village. Creekside Tour, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Meet at Vail Farmers’ Market Nature Center Booth. Vail Public Library Book Sale, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Community Room.Guided Nature Hike, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nature Discovery Center, top of Gondola Ginga Band live, Noon – 3 p.m., Solaris.Bravo!: “A Night at the Cotton Club” with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For more information go to http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.MONDAYVAILVail America Days Vail America Days gets underway with the annual parade, themed “Made in America,” at 10 a.m. The parade begins in Golden Peak and winds its way to Lionshead. Attendees are recommended to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and park along the route. There is musical entertainment following the parade from noon to 2 p.m., Lionshead and Vail Village. The free Bravo! Patriotic Concert with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 2 p.m., Ford Amphitheater (Call 970-476-5612 for ticket info; tickets available at the box office Friday). Other events during the day include:Community Breakfast Vail Interfaith Chapel, 8 a.m., Free. Yoga in the Gardens, 9 a.m., Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Ford Park. Community Interfaith Worship Service, 9 – 10 a.m., Vail Chapel Eagle Bahn Gondola, open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lionshead. Guided Garden Tour, 10:30 a.m., Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Ford Park. Guided Nature Hike, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nature Discovery Center, top of Gondola Wildflower Walk, 11:30 a.m., Vail Nature Center. Vail Public Library Bake Sale, 8 a.m. to Noon. and Vail Public Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fireworks display is planned for 9:45 p.m. at Golden Peak. The display is conditions-dependent. For the first time in 10 years, Vail is rescinding an overnight curfew and eliminating late-night checkpoints in Vail Village due to the long-term success of the public safety campaign in creating a family-friendly environment.For more information visit http://www.vailgov.com.BEAVER CREEKBruce at the BeavCelebrate the birth of our nation under the blue skies of Beaver Creek with live music and fireworks on the back lawn next to the Centennial Express Lift. Bring the whole family and enjoy the outdoors by day with activities such as scenic chairlift rides, guided hikes and thrilling mountain bike rides and by night enjoy performances from The Back in the Day Band and Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E St. Band, followed by a fireworks display. Concert gates open at 5 p.m., with food booths and bars serving on the back lawn next to Centennial Express. The Back in the Day Band plays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Bruce in the USA -Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E St. Band from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks top off the evening beginning around 9:30 p.m.Experience a New England beach side tradition in the heart of the Rockies high atop Beaver Creek Mountain at the 19th annual Beano’s Cabin Fourth of July Clam Bake and Barbeque from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. Enjoy a buffet of seafood and barbecue fare plus a variety of salads and desserts. Mac and cheese and chicken fingers will be offered for the little ones. Live music and lawn games are offered for kids and adults. Cost is $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under dine for free. Shuttles will bring guests to and from Beano’s Cabin between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 970-754-3463.EAGLEEagle Bike ParadeKids will show off their American pedal power in Eagle’s annual Fourth of July bike parade. Participants leave Brush Creek Park at 8:30 a.m. and head for Eagle Town Park. Kids should arrive at the Brush Creek Park at 8:15 a.m. with their decorated bikes ready to ride.Once the parade concludes at Eagle Town Park, games and treats await. Look for the return of the popular pie-eating event as well as other traditional contests. When the fun is all over, the kids will enjoy frolicking in a water spray compliments of the Eagle Fire Department. The event is sponsored by the town of Eagle, Valley View Hospital and Eagle Valley Medical Center.Downvalley Fireworks ShowThe Eagle-Gypsum fireworks display is slated for 10 p.m. – or as soon as it’s dark – Monday. The show will be launched from the Eagle County Fairgrounds and will be visible from locations throughout town.Jon Asper, chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, says the show should last between 20 and 30 minutes and will feature a non-stop display. The show is presented by Eagle fire and the Gypsum Fire District with assistance from Eagle County. The towns of Eagle and Gypsum each kicked in $10,000 to pay for the display.Eagle Fire also reminds residents that the county is taking a zero-tolerance policy on illegal fireworks this year so enjoy the show that’s planned by professionals and forego shooting off your own firecrackers.
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