Tips, tricks for having a fabulous Fourth in Vail |

Tips, tricks for having a fabulous Fourth in Vail

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VAIL — Vail America Days organizers are ready to welcome guests and area residents for the extended Fourth of July holiday, which includes Vail’s parade and fireworks display Monday, as well as a full weekend of activities. Here are some tips for a safe and enjoyable experience:

Public Parking and Event Access

Arrive early on Monday to enjoy free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages. 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 north side of the South Frontage Road until 11 p.m. Close-in parking at Ford Park will be available for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday week. This includes free express buses which will provide six- to eight-minute frontage road service between Ford Park, Vail Village and Lionshead Village from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition, Vail’s in-town shuttle extends to Ford Park via Vail Valley Drive from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 970-477-3456 for Vail bus information or 970-328-3520 for ECO schedule details. Visit for expanded and extended transit routes and parking information.

Vail America Days Parade

The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday 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 approximately noon. The theme for the parade is “Spirit of America.” For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. No water fights, please. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade.

Beginning at 7 a.m., traffic on Vail Valley Drive will be designated one way westbound from east of the soccer field to South Frontage Road. Traffic will be rerouted at the intersection of Vail Valley Drive and South Frontage Road just east of the Vail Village parking structure. Parade vehicles and local traffic will access Golden Peak from the east along Vail Valley Drive near the Vail Golf Club. Staging of floats and participants will be on the south side of Vail Valley Drive. Vail Valley Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic from east of the soccer field to South Frontage Road from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Bus Service

Increased bus service in Vail will be provided throughout the day and into the evening on Monday with six- to eight-minute frequency on the in-town shuttle serving Lionshead, Vail Village, Golden Peak and Ford Park, 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. Service should resume at approximately 1 p.m., or as soon as the crowd has dispersed enough to travel the route safely. Buses will operate in a continuous loop from the top deck of the Vail Village Parking Structure to the Vail Athletic Field beginning at 8 a.m. until the parade traffic has cleared.

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 9:24 a.m. or the U.S. Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:11 and 9:41 a.m. Fares are $4 for adults; $1 for children and seniors with proof of age. Call 970-477-3456 for Vail bus schedule information. For more information on ECO routes, go to or call 970-328-3520.

Fireworks Display, open fires

Vail’s Fourth of July fireworks display on Monday will be staged from Golden Peak with the show beginning at dusk, conditions permitting. The fireworks will be synchronized to a powerful musical soundtrack and is suitable for all ages. Check, and local media outlets for status updates in case of changing circumstances that would require cancellation.

The use of all personal fireworks is prohibited in Vail. Personal fireworks can generally be defined as anything that explodes, makes a loud noise or flies in the air. Bonfires and open campfires are prohibited in the town of Vail. Outdoor recreational fires are only allowed in approved commercial portable fire appliances that are equipped with spark screens. Questions about open fires and personal fireworks should be directed to Vail Fire and Emergency Services, who can be reached by calling 970-477-3474. If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, then check with local fire departments for regulations. Be vigilant and call 911 if you see smoke or something out of the ordinary. For additional details, go to


Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets of Vail is prohibited. No open containers are allowed in Vail. If you plan to drink, then don’t drink and drive. Make arrangements to ride the bus or arrange for a designated driver.


Vail has a leash law for dogs in the Vail Village and Lionshead Village areas. Your cooperation in keeping your animal in control and on a leash is greatly appreciated. Please also use the town-provided doggy waste bags.

Lost and Found

If you’ve lost an item on the bus, in the parking structure on the streets or on the mountain, then visit to see if your item has been recovered. Items recovered from town are kept at the Vail Police Department in the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road. You can also call 970-479-2208. Questions about items recovered from Vail Mountain should be directed to 970-754-3059.

Residents are reminded that the Fourth of July holiday may mean some schedule adjustments for local trash haulers. Remember that town of Vail wildlife protection regulations prohibit trash from being left at the curb other than on the day of collection and recycling regulations require that all properties recycle on site. For recycling assistance, go to  

Dial 911 for emergencies. Throughout the day, the Vail Police Department will increase its presence to provide a safe environment for your celebration. For emergency notifications, subscribe to Eagle County Alert at

For more information about Fourth of July activities and events, go to or call 970-476-4790.

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