Headline: Have fun on the Fourth in Vail
Anti-crowd measures in Vail will be back today – a year after the town first instituted them in an effort to cut back on rowdy, nighttime juvenile Fourth of July revelry on Bridge Street.This year’s message, however, aims to be gentler, reinforcing family values and public safety on the first Independence Day following Sept 11.”This year the message is more welcoming, more family-friendly,” says Vail Town Councilwoman Diana Donovan.A year ago, the town adopted a tough stance after juvenile crowds on Bridge Street had grown to dangerously dense proportions the previous New Year’s Eve. A campaign aimed at Front Range high-school and college students, sternly spread the word that Vail would no longer tolerate unsupervised juveniles congregating in the Vail Village.This Fourth of July, town officials are employing a softer approach, inviting young adults to celebrate America’s independence under Vail’s night sky in keeping with the official motto of “United We Stand, Together We Play.”Juveniles too, are invited – as long as they are part of a family.Police officers will again establish identification check-points and restrict access within a four-block area in the Vail Village to revelers 21 and older unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The special event district restriction takes effect at 10:30 p.m. and encompasses Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive.The town will also again enforce a town-wide juvenile curfew for anyone 17 and younger. Unless accompanied by an adult, young revelers have be out of the public eye by 10:30 p.m. or risk being detained until a parent or legal guardian picks them up.In consideration of the continuing dry weather conditions and high fire danger, the town has cancelled its traditional fireworks show at Golden Peak.”Vail America Days” daytime events and activities, organized by the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau, promise a host of patriotic and playful activities for the entire family throughout the weekend in the village and Lionshead.In keeping with this year’s Fourth of July’s parade motto of “A Salute to the American Hero,” parade organizers have invited public safety officials from throughout the Vail Valley to serve as grand marshals for the annual Vail America Days parade.More than 40 of the valley’s emergency service workers will march in the parade, representing the Vail Police Department, the Vail Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado State Patrol, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, the Eagle County Ambulance District and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District.Today’s parade begins at 10 a.m. at Golden Peak, winding its way west to Lionshead.In addition to free concerts, there are band and dance performances throughout town all weekend, two new events have been added to the town’s line-up of special events.On Friday morning Vail firefighters will fry up eggs and pancakes, sausages and toast for a hearty breakfast, benefiting local firefighters. The Fireman’s Breakfast takes place in Lionshead from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $2 for children 12 and younger and $4 for adults.Friday evening, visitors and locals are invited to watch “American Graffiti,” starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford, on a big screen at the base of the Vista Bahn chairlift starting at 8:30 p.m.The 1973 Oscar-nominated film about a group of recent high-school graduates in the summer of 1962 was George Lucas’ directorial debut.Movie-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and cushions to enjoy the free film show.Fire Restrictions:Fourth of July fireworks displays have been cancelled throughout Eagle County in consideration of persistent drought conditions and high fire danger.- It is illegal for any person in Colorado to sell, possess or discharge personal fireworks.- Any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires and charcoal grill fires, is prohibited in all public areas of Eagle County, including the White River National Forest.- Outdoor grills prohibited at town parks in Eagle, Avon, Minturn and Vail. Gas grilling are permitted at private residences in Beaver Creek Village, Eagle, Avon, Minturn, Vail and in the White River National Forest.- Charcoal grilling is prohibited at town parks in Eagle, Avon, Minturn, Vail and in Beaver Creek Village, in the White River National Forest and on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains. Charcoal grilling also is prohibited in Vail above ground level in multi-story buildings.- Smoking is prohibited on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains and in the White River National Forest. Smokers are encouraged to avoid smoking outdoors in all other areas of Eagle County.”Vail America Days” events schedule:Today:- Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Lionshead, 12:30 p.m.- City of Denver Pipe Band, Vail Village, 12:30 p.m.- Encore! 50s Performance, Lionshead, 2 p.m.- Dance Team Performance, Lionshead Village 3 p.m.- Encore! 40s Performance, Vail Village, 4 p.m.- Encore! 50s Performance, Vail Village, 6 p.m.- Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Free Patriotic Concert, Ford Amphitheater, 3 p.m.Friday, July 5:- Colorado Academy of the Arts, Lionshead, noon, 2 and 4 p.m.- Dance Movement Company, Vail Village, 1 and 3 p.m.- Family Movie Night “American Graffiti”, Base of Vista Bahn, 8:30 p.m.Saturday, July 6:- Fireman’s Breakfast, Lionshead, 8:30 to 10 a.m.- Dance Movement Company, Lionshead, noon and 2 p.m.- Colorado Academy of the Arts, Vail Village, noon, 2 and 4 p.m.