Tips for enjoying holiday in Vail |

Tips for enjoying holiday in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail America Days organizers are expecting large crowds this year to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, with events including Vail’s popular parade, a full day of activities and a fireworks finale later in the evening.

Public parking

Arrive early to enjoy free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. The 2,500 parking spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and typically reach capacity prior to the 10 a.m. start of the parade.

Once the two structures fill, additional free parking will be available on the Frontage Road until 11 p.m. Close-in parking at Ford Park will be available for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service during the holiday. Call 477-3456 for Vail bus information or 328-3520 for ECO schedule details.

Vail America Days Parade

The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 4th and winds its way from Golden Peak on Vail Valley Drive, then 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 finish at about noon.

For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. Officials are asking you to consider leaving your dog at home. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade. –


A professional fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 4 at Golden Peak, conditions permitting. Call 970-477-3699 to confirm. It is illegal to use personal fireworks of any kind in Vail and throughout Eagle County, including the White River National Forest.

Bus service

Increased bus service in Vail will be provided throughout the day and into the evening on July 4th with six-to-eight-minute frequency on the in-town shuttle serving LionsHead, Vail Village and Golden Peak, with 40-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and one-to-two hour outlying service during non-peak times.

No in-town shuttles will run during the parade, 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ECO regional transit will provide service as follows: For the Vail America Days parade, catch the ECO bus at Freedom Park in Edwards at 9:09 a.m., Avon Station at 9:21a.m., or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:36 a.m.

For the Vail fireworks display, catch the ECO bus at the Eagle Valley High School at 6:35 p.m., Chambers Park and Ride in Eagle at 6:57 p.m., Freedom Park in Edwards at 8:09 p.m., Avon Station at 8:21 p.m. or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 8:36 p.m. Fares are $4 for adults; $1 for children and seniors with proof of age.

Vail Village Event District

Beginning at 10:30 p.m. on July 4, only those 21 and older will be permitted within a four-block area of Vail Village, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The restrictions will be in place from 10:30 p.m. July 4 to 5 a.m. July 5. Access to the pedestrian areas throughout Lionshead will be unaffected. During the restricted access period in Vail Village, visitors of all ages are welcome provided that those under 21 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please consider making plans to serve as a late-night escort to younger family members. For details, call (970) 479-2200.

Curfew for juveniles

Also on July 4th, a townwide curfew for ages 17 and under, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, will be implemented from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day. The curfew will encompass the entire town boundaries from East Vail to West Vail. For curfew details, call 970-479-2200.

Support Local Journalism