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Vail offers tips for busy Fourth

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – 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 Wednesday, plus a full day of activities. Those who gather in Vail and throughout the county are being asked to be mindful of the fire restrictions that have been enacted for Vail, Eagle County and the surrounding public lands. All professional fireworks displays have been canceled amid the extremely dry conditions. Personal fireworks are banned statewide.

Public parking and event access

Arrive early on Wednesday 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 2-8, Vail express buses will provide free six- to eight-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. Wednesday 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. For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises which could startle your pet. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade.-

Fire restrictions

It is illegal to use personal fireworks of any kind within the state of Colorado. Fire officials in Vail will be aggressively enforcing the ban on open burning to eliminate the potential for human-caused fires. Fire restrictions in Vail and Eagle County prohibit campfires and use of charcoal grills, among other activities. Outdoor smoking is also prohibited in most areas, including Vail Mountain. For additional details on fire restrictions, visit

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.

Other information

• For the second consecutive year, 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 in Vail.

• Vail has a leash law for dogs in the Vail Village and Lionshead 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.

• 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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