Valley celebrates successful Fourth of July
The Vail America Days parade through Vail Village and Lionshead Village on July 4 saw new groups participating and unique floats fill the town’s streets. This year’s parade grand marshals were Vi and Byron Brown, who have been part of the community for over 50 years. Gallegos Corporation presents the winners of the parade:
Most Distinctive: Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club
Most Original: Alpine Arts Center
Best in Show: Gallegos Corporation
Best Youth: Battle Mountain Dance Team
Best Float: Country Club of the Rockies
Best Motorized; American Spirit
Best Marching/Musical: Montbello Drumline and Cheer Team
EAGLE COUNTY — Towns across the county came to life during the Fourth of July holiday, and fireworks lit up the night sky with little incident, according to local police and officials.
Fireworks shows at Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon and Gypsum brought crowds to the valley all weekend.
“It was a wonderful event with no issues,” Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger said of Monday’s show. “We had a good time, the weather was wonderful, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Even with both Vail parking structures full and cars lining the frontage roads to the golf course, Henninger was pleased with residents and visitors alike.
“People being understanding and trying to find safe places to park at the parade and those who rode their bikes are greatly appreciated,” he said.
After last year’s fireworks fiasco in Avon, when one was shot toward the crowd instead of up in the sky, the show this year totally redeemed itself.
“It was fantastic,” Avon Mayor Jennie Fancher said. “We’ve received so many emails from people saying they thought they were the best ever, which was great on the heels of last year.”
While Fancher said town staff worked hard to make things go smoothly, she also said she thought the fireworks company stepped it up this year, as well.
Downvalley, the towns of Eagle and Gypsum combined for fireworks, this year taking place in Gypsum for the first time, instead of at the Eagle Fairgrounds.
“It was really cool,” Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll said of the music and fireworks at Lundgren Theater. “We’ve gotten incredible reviews from the public.”
A Santana tribute band provided the entertainment in Gypsum, and Eagle Town Board and Gypsum Town Council staff helped work the concessions stand, which was serving up hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream free of charge.
“I was on the grill,” Shroll said, “and I think we went through about 1,700 dogs, so it was awesome.”
Next year, the downvalley fireworks show will move back to Eagle before returning in 2018 to Gypsum.
“It was just a lot of fun,” Shroll said.
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