Vail Valley shines, sparkles and sings this weekend
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Vail Valley is putting on its finest patriotic shine this weekend, with celebrations including concerts, parades and, of course, lots and lots of fireworks. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening and where. Our apologies if we’ve missed anything.
• Vail Vail Lacrosse Shootout, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Men’s Elite at Ford Park in Vail and Freedom Park, Edwards; Women’s Elite at Vail Athletic Field.Youth “Art in Nature” Program, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Vail Nature Center.Eagle Bahn Gondola, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., LionsheadFree Art Gallery tour with Art in Public Places Coordinator Molly Eppard, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Vail Village Visitor CenterLive Music, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Slifer Square, Vail Village.Bravo! Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Ford Amphitheater. Free seating on the lawn for kids age 12 and under.Friday Afternoon Club, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Eagle’s Nest, Vail Mountain.”Stories in the Sky” Stargazing, 8:45 to 10 p.m., Vail Nature Center.
• Vail: La Sportiva Vail Hill Climb Trail Running Race, 8 a.m., Slifer SquareVail Lacrosse Shootout, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Men’s Elite at Ford Park in Vail and Freedom Park, Edwards; Women’s Elite at Vail Athletic Field Vail Public Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Room.Eagle Bahn Gondola rides, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Lionshead.Garden Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 10:30 a.m., Ford Park. Meet at the Schoolhouse gift shop, free.Live Music and Strolling Buskers, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Vail Village/Lionshead.Family Day at Vail Golf Club, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Vail Golf Club.Vail Skating Show, 2 p.m., Dobson Ice Arena.Alpine Wind Ensemble, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gore Creek Promenade/Vail Village.Bravo! Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Ford Amphitheater. Free seating on the lawn for kids 12 and under.• Minturn Independence Day Celebration, at The Turntable Restaurant, South Minturn Main Street and Little Beach Park, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Events include: 11:30 a.m.: Bubble-a-thon, Turntable Restaurant: Come blow some bubbles before the parade. It’s BYOB (bring your own bubbles). There’s a bubble blower and prize giveaways. For more information, call 970-827-4164. 1 p.m.: Bike party, Main Street. Children and parents will gather at the U.S. Forest Service Compound at the south end of town. 2 p.m.: Main Street Parade: Forest Service compound to Little Beach Park. Call 970-390-0091 to enter the parade and for more information. All parade entries must check in at the Forest Service Compound no later than 1:00 p.m.. 3 p.m.: Community Party with potluck lunch, live music and kids activities at Little Beach Park. Call 970-390-3177 for potluck sign up or for more information.• Salute to the USA, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon. The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is again the title sponsor for the 24th anniversary of Salute to the USA in Avon, which will be held in Nottingham Park July 3. The annual Independence Day celebration begins at 5 p.m. with music, food vendors, and a beer garden. A free “Family Zone” will provide carnival games, inflatable jumping toys, face painting, clowns and a special children’s instrument petting zoo presented by the BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival. The Family Zone is sponsored by Calvary Chapel. It opens at 5:30 p.m. and continues until the fireworks light the sky at 9:45 p.m. DJ Logic takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. and the evening ends with the annual gigantic fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The show will be synched with a musical score simulcast on 97.7 KZYR The Zephyr. Everyone’s welcome, but please leave dogs, alcohol, grills and personal fireworks at home. Blankets and warm evening attire are recommended. Stopping on I-70 is against the law and tickets will be given to violators. Event sponsors include: Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, KZYR, Vail Daily, Western Enterprises, Coors Light, Bachelor Gulch Village Association, Beaver Liquors, Stan Bernstein & Associates, Christie Lodge, Comfort Inn, Eagle County, FirstBank of Avon, Slifer, Smith, & Frampton, Calvary Chapel, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Beaver Creek West Condominiums, TV8 and the Town of Avon. For more information, go to http://www.avonrec.org.
• Eagle Bike Parade, Eagle. Bicyclists of all ages are welcome to decorate their rides and meet at the Brush Creek Pavilion at 8:15 a.m. The parade leaves for Town Park at 8:30 a.m. Town Park activities include a variety of games. Last time we checked, there was a pie-eating contest. At the end of the celebration, a fire truck will wet down any willing kid or adult.• Vail America Days, Vail.Vail Lacrosse Shootout, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Men’s Elite at Ford Park in Vail and Freedom Park, Edwards; Women’s Elite at Vail Athletic Field and Ford Park in Vail ; Women’s Elite Championship Game at 9 a.m. at Ford Park in Vail; Men’s Elite Consolation Championship at 11 a.m. and Championship Game at 11 a.m. at Ford Park in Vail and Championship Game at 1 p.m. at Ford Park.Community Breakfast, Vail Interfaith Chapel, free, 8 a.m.Community Interfaith Worship Service, Vail Chapel, 9 to 10 a.m.Vail Public Library Bake Sale, 8 a.m. – noon, in front of the building.Vail Public Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Room.Eagle Bahn Gondola, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lionshead.Parade, “Vail America Days – America the Beautiful,” 10 a.m., Golden Peak to Lionshead.Musical entertainment, noon – 2 p.m., Lionshead.Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vail Village.Free Patriotic Concert, 2 p.m., Ford Amphitheater (Lawn seats are free on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ford Amphitheater box office; $15 pavilion tickets available beginning to walk-up customers at the box office. Call 970-476-5612 for details. Fireworks at Golden Peak in Vail, 9:45 p.m. conditions permitting. For more information call 970-477-3699.• Beaver Creek’s Fourth of July celebration includes live music, family activities and fireworks.The Surf City All Stars, a Beach Boys tribute band will play from 6 – 7:30 p.m.Parrot Beach, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, will play at 7:45 p.m.Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.All performances are on the Beaver Creek back lawn next to the base of the Centennial Express chairlift.Events include guided nature hikes, mountain biking, and chairlift rides. Hikers can ride the lift, then hike the Royal Elk Trail to Beaver Lake for a picnic. • Beano’s Cabin Fourth of July Clam Bake and Barbecue, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.The 18th annual event includes a buffet of seafood and barbecue fare plus a variety of salads and desserts. The event includes live music and lawn games. Cost is $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under dine for free. Reservations are required. Call 970-754-3463 for more information.
• Vail:Eagle Bahn Gondola, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lionshead.Vail Public Library Book Sale, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Community Room.Garden Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 10:30 a.m., Ford Park. Meet at the Schoolhouse gift shop.Bravo! free performance: Bruce Patti and Bing Wang, 1 p.m. Vail Public Library Bravo! Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Ford Amphitheater. Free seating on the lawn for kids 12 and under