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Fourth of July Preview

  • 28 June 2019

Fourth of July is Here!

Make the most of your holiday with a patriotic parade, music and other traditions in the heart of Vail. Gather up the family and enjoy the fun!

Vail America Days™ Parade will Honor 10th Mountain Division Legacy

The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 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. The theme for the parade is “A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division” with special recognition to WWII veterans Dick Over and Sandy Treat. For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. Please note: Due to construction impacts at Vail Health, spectator viewing will be prohibited on West Meadow Drive between the Skaal Haus condo building and the cul-de-sac to the west of the Vail Health entrance. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises which could startle your pet.

Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated during the parade at the water refill stations sponsored by GMC, Gallegos and the Town of Vail. Water refill stations will be located near the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village, near the announcing platform at Solaris and at the entrance of the pedestrian mall in Lionshead.

To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises which could startle your pet.

Watch the parade live on High Five Access Media Channel 5 or via webstream at

Traffic Detours

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.

The Vail Health entrance at West Meadow Drive will remain accessible for emergencies utilizing the north lane of West Meadow Drive. As such, pedestrians will be requested to continue walking through the area as spectator viewing will be closed in that area. West Meadow Drive will be divided into two lanes; the north side for emergency vehicles accessing Vail Health and the south side for the parade. There will be numerous police, event staff and security personnel in the area to ensure pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicle access to the hospital.

Honoring the Legacy of the 10th Mountain Division

Meet Dick Over, 10th Mountain Division veteran, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 at the Colorado Snowsports Museum. In addition to the meet and greet with Over, the Museum will also play host to 10th veteran Sandy Treat’s weekly “Tales of the 10th” on Friday afternoon, July 5, at 3 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for the presentation.

Public Parking & Event Access

Arrive early on Thursday, July 4 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. Please pull a ticket upon entry to access the free parking and insert the ticket to exit. Once the two structures fill, 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. Parade-goers are also encouraged to park for free in the Red Sandstone garage located at 559 North Frontage Road, with easy access to Lionshead Village via the pedestrian overpass. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday. This includes free express buses which will provide 6- to 8-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 for expanded and extended transit routes and parking info.

Patriotic Concert

In addition to the variety of other events taking place, the annual patriotic concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presented by Bravo! Vail and the Vail Valley Foundation, will take place at the Ford Amphitheater at 2 p.m. Thursday. All pavilion tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday, July 1. Each purchaser is limited to four tickets at $25 per ticket and will be available only to walk up customers at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Box Office. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Vail Veterans program.

Fireworks Show

Vail’s Fourth of July fireworks display on Thursday will be staged from Golden Peak with the show beginning at dusk, conditions permitting. The fireworks will be synchronized to a powerful musical soundtrack and is suitable for all ages. Please tune in to 97.7 FM, KZYR The Zephyr for a simulcast of this event. Check, and local media outlets for status updates in case of changing circumstances that would require cancellation.

Fireworks/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. Bonfires and open campfires are prohibited in the Town of Vail. Outdoor recreational fires are only allowed in approved commercial portable fire appliances that are equipped with spark screens. Questions about open fires and personal fireworks should be directed to Vail Fire and Emergency Services at 970.479.2250. If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, check with your local fire department for regulations or visit or Please be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see smoke or something out of the ordinary. For additional details, visit

Annual Friends of Vail Public Library Book & Bake Sales

Beginning Wednesday, July 3, and running through Friday, July 5, the Friends of Vail Public Library will be sponsoring their annual Fourth of July Book Sale which will be highlighted by a Bake Sale on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon in front of the library. Come peruse the diverse selection of books, DVDs and CDs in Vail Public Library’s Community Room during the Book Sale hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 5. There will be a “Fill the Bag for $2 Sale” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. All proceeds from the Book and Bake sales will benefit Children’s programs at the library. For more information, contact Lori Barnes at or call 970.479.2194.

43rd Annual Dynafit Vail Hill Climb July 6

Named best trail race by Colorado Runner Magazine in 2006 and 2011, the Vail HillClimb is a Vail tradition and tests local, regional and national runners with a 7.7 mile climb from Vail Village to Mid-Vail. The Vail HillClimb will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 in Vail Village and finish at Mid-Vail after ascending over 2,200 vertical feet. Race participants will follow the historic gravel double-track route that has made the HillClimb a favorite among trail running enthusiasts. Racers will receive a race t-shirt and automatic raffle entry with great giveaways. The top finishers in each age group will also win prizes. Sign up by June 28 and save $12. For more information and registration, visit

Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain

Summer in the mountains has taken on a whole new meaning with Epic Discovery, which debuted in 2016 and has quickly become a top summer activity in Vail. Experience Epic Discovery a-la-carte or take advantage of the all-access Adventure Pass or Scout Sampler Pass for the little ones. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure features activities such as zip lines, a rock climbing wall, an alpine coaster, wildlife trail exploration and interactive “learn-through-play” activities. For access to the mountaintop Epic Discovery, children under 12 can ride the Vail Mountain gondola free with the purchase of an adult ticket, allowing kids to experience panoramic views of the Vail Valley and the legendary Gore Mountain Range through a scenic gondola ride.

Art in Public Places Summer Murals

Enjoy the transformation of public spaces by renowned Coloradan artists throughout the summer. These diverse artists will enhance selected pedestrian entrances with their distinctive styles at the Vail Village and Lionshead Parking structures. Share your images on social media #artinvail.

Kelsey Montague | June - Vail Village Parking Structure, West P2 Entrance
Kelsey Montague, a fourth generation Coloradan, creates large-scale interactive murals around the world celebrating her inspirational messaging #whatliftsyou. In 2014 Kelsey’s art became a social media craze when Taylor Swift posed in front of one of her ever popular “wing” paintings. Just last month, Swift commissioned Montague to create a mural in Nashville announcing her single ME! Generating even more media buzz for the artist. With a degree in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond University in London, Kelsey also studied art in Florence, Italy. She has also published two adult coloring books further connecting the public with her whimsical work. Art in Public Places is delighted engage the public with Montague’s first interactive mural in the mountains of her home state.


Pedro Barrios & Jaime Molina | July – Lionshead Parking Structure – East P1 Entrance
Denver-based artists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina began working as a collaborative after tackling a public art project in 2012. With the successful outcome, they decided to continue working together on painting murals. Complementing each other’s style, their work infuses compatible abstract forms with the figurative. Their murals’ vibrant color palette and story-telling qualities are recognizable throughout the Denver Metro area, including a work commissioned by the Denver Art Museum.



Pat Milbery/So-Gnar, Inc. | August – Vail Village Parking Structure – Central P1 Entrance
Former professional snowboarder Pat Milbery is the creator of the iconic “Love this City” mural campaign throughout Denver. Milbery’s vivid and outgoing personality transcends to his large-scale murals. Passionate about community, Pat engages the public throughout the process of creating his murals. His work enlivens spaces and breathes life into the otherwise ordinary and mundane.




Art Walks

Enjoy a free one-hour public art tour of Vail each Wednesday of the month through Aug. 28. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure. The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art. The Town of Vail’s public art collection includes over 55 works of art.


Be Bear Aware

Please do your part and keep your garbage stored properly so that bears and other wildlife can coexist in our neighborhoods. Since 2007 all curbside trash customers in Vail have been required to use wildlife-resistant containers. In addition, commercial establishments, multi-family complexes and construction sites are required to use enclosures and/or wildlife-proof containers. Also, the placement of curbside containers is restricted to the assigned pick up day and only during daylight hours under provisions of the dawn to dusk ordinance. Since April, the police department has issued more than 370 warnings for violations.

Vail Trail Hosts

If you love the outdoors and enjoy sharing your passion with others, apply to become a volunteer trail host this summer. Working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Vail Trail Host program is a new initiative to provide helpful information and resources at busy East Vail trailheads in an effort to improve the overall guest experience and help lay the groundwork for future improvements. To apply online, visit, or apply in person at the Welcome Center in Vail Village, located on the top deck of the parking structure.

Neighborhood Picnics are Coming

Mark your calendars for the Town of Vail’s 20th annual neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 23 at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various community topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff. Of course, there’s no need to wait for the picnics to contact the town. Feel free to email at any time with your feedback.

Short-Term Rental Hotline

Having problems with a short-term rental in your neighborhood? Help is on the way. Call the town’s 24/7 hotline at 970.331.0632 to report non-emergency issues, such as parking, noise or trash. For emergencies, call 911.

Find Us on Nextdoor

The Town of Vail has added its presence to Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve townwide communications by connecting with residents geographically. Nextdoor is free for residents and is accessible only to members who verify their residency within their established neighborhood website. Currently there are more than 350 members across five neighborhoods in town. If you’re interested in joining your neighborhood’s Nextdoor website, visit and enter your address. You can also find the town on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Download the Vail App

A great tool for locals and guests, the Vail App offers real time parking and road conditions, special events information, dining guide, interactive maps and more. Free download available for iPhone and Android.

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