Vail gears up for the Fourth |

Vail gears up for the Fourth

Daily staff report

VAIL — Vail America Days organizers are ready to welcome guests and area residents this week for the Fourth of July holiday which includes Vail’s popular parade on Thursday, plus a full weekend of activities. Those who gather in Vail and throughout the county are being asked to be mindful that fire restrictions are already in place on area BLM lands and could be enacted at any time for Vail, Eagle County and other surrounding public lands. As such, all personal fireworks have been banned in Vail in recognition of the extremely dry conditions.

Public parking

Arrive early on Thursday 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 (next to the interstate) until 11 p.m. Close-in parking at Ford Park and the Soccer Field will be available for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paid parking is also available at Solaris; rates vary. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday week. On July 1-7, Vail express buses will provide free 6- to 8-minute Frontage Road service between Ford Park, Vail Village and Lionshead from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 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 info.

Vail America Days Parade

The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday 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 Vail 50th Anniversary-themed parade will honor the spirit of Vail and its founding in 1962. For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route.

Bus service

Increased bus service in Vail will be provided throughout the day and into the evening on July 4 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 Riverwalk in Edwards at 9:07 a.m., Avon Station at 9:17 a.m., or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:32 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 online at, or call 970-328-3520.

Fireworks display

Vail’s Fourth of July fireworks display on Thursday will be staged from a new location at the west end of the Vail Village parking structure to address potential dangers associated with the dry conditions. Vail America Days organizers will be using low-profile fireworks which are often used in stadiums and arenas. Arranged by Zambelli Fireworks, the show will begin at dusk. Recommended viewing areas will be along Meadow Drive from Slifer Square to Vail Road.

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