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Vail offers Fourth tips

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail America Days organizers are expecting large crowds this holiday weekend which continues into Monday with Vail’s popular parade, a full day of activities and a fireworks finale later in the evening. Consider the following tips:

Parking and event access

Arrive early on Monday for 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 north side of the South Frontage Road (next to the interstate) until 11 p.m. For real-time parking status updates, visit

Close-in parking at Ford Park and the Soccer Field will be available for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Paid parking is also available at Manor Vail and Solaris; rates vary. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday weekend. On July 1-3, express buses will provide free six- to eight-minute Frontage Road service between Ford Park, Vail Village and Lionshead.

Call 477-3456 for Vail bus information or 328-3520 for ECO schedule details. Visit for expanded and extended transit routes and parking info.

Vail America Days Parade

The parade begins at 10 a.m. 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 about noon.

For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route.


A professional fireworks display is scheduled for about 9:45 p.m. on July 4 at Golden Peak, conditions permitting. Call 970-376-3756 for updates. A private fireworks show from Golden Peak has been scheduled for dusk on July 2. 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 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 Freedom Park in Edwards at 9:08 a.m., Avon Station at 9:20 a.m., or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:35 a.m. For the Vail fireworks display, catch the ECO bus at the Eagle Valley High School at 6:25 p.m., Chambers Park and Ride in Eagle at 6:47 p.m., Freedom Park in Edwards at 8:08 p.m., Avon Station at 8:20 p.m. or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 8:35 p.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.

Other information

• For the first time in 10 years, the July 4 curfew and Vail Village checkpoints are being eliminated for the upcoming holiday.

• Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets of Vail is prohibited. No open containers are allowed.

• If you’ve lost an item on the bus, in the parking structure or on the streets, stop by the Vail Police Department in the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road to ask if the item has been recovered. Or, call 970-479-2208. If you’ve lost an item on Vail Mountain, call 970-754-3059.

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