Vail offers tips for an enjoyable Fourth of July celebration |

Vail offers tips for an enjoyable Fourth of July celebration

Thousands flood the streets of Vail at the conclusion of the Vail America Days parade last year.
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VAIL — Vail America Days organizers are ready to welcome the public this week for the Fourth of July holiday, which includes Vail’s popular parade and fireworks display on Saturday, plus a full weekend of activities. Those who gather in Vail and throughout the county are asked to be mindful that fire restrictions could be enacted at any time for Vail, Eagle County and surrounding public lands. In addition, all personal fireworks are banned in Vail.

Public parking and event access

Arrive early on Saturday 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 are full, 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 that will provide six- to eight-minute Frontage Road service between Ford Park, Vail Village and Lionshead 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 http://www.vail for expanded and extended transit routes and parking information.

Vail America Days Parade

The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and winds its way out of Golden Peak on Vail Valley Drive, then west to Hanson Ranch Road, north on Bridge Street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across International Bridge, west along Meadow Drive and finally through the Lionshead Mall to finish at approximately noon. The theme for the parade is “Celebrate the USA! Great Moments in American History.” For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. 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 July 4 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.

For the Vail America Days parade, catch the ECO regional transit bus at Freedom Park in Edwards at 9:08 a.m., Avon Station at 9:22 a.m. or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:11 and 9:41 a.m. Fares are $4 for adults and $1 for children and seniors with proof of age.

Call 970-477-3456 for Vail bus schedule information. For more information on ECO routes, visit http://www.eagle or call 970-328-3520.

Fireworks display

Vail’s Fourth of July fireworks display on Saturday will be staged from Golden Peak with the show beginning at dusk, conditions permitting. Check, and local media outlets for status updates in case of changing circumstances that would require cancellation.

Fireworks AND open burning

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. If there is any doubt as to the legality of a firework, call the Vail Fire Department at 970-477-3474 prior to using the device in question. If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, check with the local fire department for regulations.

Celebrate safely

As a safety precaution, a townwide curfew for those 17 and younger will take place between 10:30 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. the next day. Previous checkpoints in Vail Village have been rescinded.


Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets of Vail is prohibited year-round. No open containers are allowed in Vail. If you plan to drink, 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. Use the town-provided doggy waste bags and never leave your dog unattended.

Lost and found

If you’ve lost an item on the bus, in the parking structure on the streets or on the mountain, 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, 75 S. Frontage Road. You can also call 970-479-2208 to inquire about an item. Questions about items recovered from Vail Mountain should be directed to 970-754-3059.

Holiday trash schedule

Residents are reminded that the July 4 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, please visit http://www.vail

Fourth of July Activities

For more details, visit http://www.vail, or call 970-476-4790.

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