Fourth of July
Get ready for a fun-filled 2013 Fourth of July, complete with activities for all ages. Vail America Days organizers are expecting large crowds this year to celebrate the July 4th holiday, including Vail's popular parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 and a full day of events scheduled throughout the celebration. As you make plans for your holiday in Vail, use the information here to help you have a fun, safe and memorable Fourth of July.
The annual Vail Fireworks Show will take place downtown Vail Village on Thurs., July 4th at dusk (Approx. 9:30pm). The Fireworks will be produced by the World Famous Zambelli Fireworks and will be synchronized to a to a powerful musical soundtrack. The show is suitable for all ages!
Arrive early to enjoy free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. The 2,500 parking spaces are 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, free parking will be available on the Frontage Road until 11 p.m. Close-in parking for events at Ford Park will be available for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vail America Days Parade
The region's largest parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 and will wind its way from Golden Peak on Vail Valley Drive, west along Hanson Ranch Road, north on Bridge Street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across the International Bridge, west along Meadow Drive to East Lionshead Circle, then through the LionsHead Mall and will end at approximately noon. This year's theme is "Team America" in honor of the athletes representing the United States during the Summer Olympic Games in London. For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the route.
Activities and Special Events
Click here for a community-wide list of activities and special events scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend.
For information on Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival concerts, click here.
- Increased bus service in Vail will be provided throughout the day and into the evening with six-to-eight-minute frequency on the in-town shuttle serving LionsHead, Vail Village and Golden Peak. Most outlying routes will have 40-minute-to-one-hour service during peak times and one-to-two hour service during non-peak times. Call (970) 477-3456 or click here for schedule information.
The Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority (ECO) also will provide increased bus service throughout the evening until 2 a.m. For more information, call ECO at (970) 328-3520 or click here.
Please leave the fireworks to the professionals. Personal fireworks are not permitted in Vail. Enjoy displays in Avon on July 3, plus Vail on July 4.
Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets of Vail is prohibited. No closed containers are allowed in Vail Village. If you plan to drink, 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 areas. Your cooperation in keeping your animal in control and on a leash is greatly appreciated.
Lost and Found
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.
Dial 911 for emergencies. Throughout the day, the Vail Police Department will increase its presence to provide a safe environment for your celebration.