UPDATE: New Eagle County Public Health Order is effective July 3
The Town of Vail is pleased to present this year’s Vail America Days™ and while it has been responsibly and safely reimagined, there is plenty of patriotic spirit and reason to celebrate as shops, galleries, hotels, bars and restaurants are open for the summer in a unique and safe manner. Vail’s 4th of July parade has been modified and will feature patriotic exhibits embracing this year’s theme, "Stronger Together." An abbreviated fireworks display (conditions permitting) will take place to enjoy while socially distanced from your accomodation, home or car.
2020 Patriotic Exhibits
While a traditional parade is not possible for 2020, guests will be able to enjoy patriotic exhibits, strategically spaced throughout both Villages. With 12-15 displays planned for Vail Village and 8-10 exhibits in Lionshead, these installations will help celebrate the holiday in a festive and responsible way. Guests, while being mindful and supporting the current Eagle County public health order, can stroll through town between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and enjoy entries from local businesses, non-profits and community partners. Please wear face coverings and use social distancing.
This year’s theme, "Stronger Together," serves as inspiration for the installations and provide depth to the creative expressions of each display. In addition to the exhibits, live, on-the-go musical performances will take place throughout the day to bring energy, excitement and familiar tunes to the streets.
Maps, exhibit details, participating partners and more information is available on vailamericadays.com.
A 10-minute fireworks show is planned for 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4th (conditions permitting). Below are options for viewing the show while respecting public health orders:
- Option 1 – Watch from home and be ‘Safer at Home’ and ‘Protect Our Neighbors’ by streaming the event live complete with the patriotic soundtrack from High Five Access Media at https://www.highfivemedia.org/live-five or on local cable TV Channel 5.
- Option 2 – Watch from your car; utilize the Ford Park parking lot, Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures and frontage roads. No parking along I-70.
- Option 3 – Watch from where you are; watch from your hotel, condo or home
- Option 4 – Watch from limited capacity-controlled viewing zones located at Lionshead lawn, Mountain Plaza lawn or base of Golden Peak
Please practice safe social distancing for all viewing areas around town. The fireworks will be synchronized to a patriotic musical soundtrack suitable for all ages. Listeners can tune in to the choreographed simulcast on 97.7FM KZYR, The Zephyr. The Nature Valley pre-firework-show starts at 9 p.m. with music, interviews and contests to get everyone ready before the fireworks light up the Vail sky. Check vailgov.com, vailamericadays.com and local media outlets for status updates in case of changing circumstances that would require cancellation. For additional details, visit vailamericadays.com or call 970-477-3522.
The Town of Vail asks that you join as stewards of the surrounding national forest. The use of all personal fireworks is prohibited. For updates on possible fire restrictions or other public safety announcements, subscribe to the emergency notification system at www.ecalert.org to receive text or email alerts on your phone.
Health and Safety
Guests are advised to follow the new Eagle County public health order and guidelines surrounding the ongoing global health implications as a result of the coronavirus. Understanding the current recommendations from local officials on practices and protocols will help guests make informed personal decisions. It is important for individuals to take personal responsibility and make choices to ensure their own health and safety. Personal self-awareness will be the best guide for guests as to how to be a part of the Vail America Days experience in Vail.
The Town of Vail recommends everyone follow the Five Commitments of Containment by:
- Maintaining 6 feet of Social Distance
- Washing your hands often
- Covering your face in public, especially when you can’t social distance
- Getting testing immediately if you have symptoms
- Staying home when you are sick
COVID-19 WARNING: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and customers with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By participating in Vail America Days, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
For more information and a full listing of events visit www.VailAmericaDays.com or call Highline at 970-476-6797. Vail America Days™ is presented by, Town of Vail and Nature Valley with support from Bud Light Seltzer, KZYR, The Zephyr and Vail Daily.
NEW THIS SUMMER IN VAIL
To encourage social distancing, additional picnic tables have been placed throughout the villages for take-out dining and outside seating. The Town of Vail has also extended public consumption in designated areas. Visitors can purchase to-go alcoholic beverage from restaurants within Vail and take them to designated areas throughout Vail and Lionshead villages.