Entries for Vail’s annual Fourth of July parade are currently being accepted by event organizers and are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 17, unless it fills up sooner. As part of Vail America Days™, the 2019 parade will start at Golden Peak at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 and will wind its way through Vail Village, ending in Lionshead. The theme for the parade is “A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division” providing guests and participants with the opportunity to celebrate a special legacy and big part of the history in the region of Vail.
Sustainability guidelines will be implemented for the second year to align with the Town of Vail’s sustainability plan. Guidelines include a reduced number of vehicle entries, encouraging float and parade participants to be creative and find new environmentally-sensitive forms of transportation along the parade route. Float participants will also be asked to limit the distribution of plastic and paper products in order to minimize waste during the event.
Returning this year will be three water refill stations available for guests to fill their reusable water bottles. With support from GMC and The Gallegos Corporation, this complimentary offering was well received in 2018 and event organizers ask that you please bring your water bottles again for use during the 2019 parade.
Beth Markham, environmental sustainability coordinator for the Town of Vail, is excited by the progress of event organizer Highline Sports and Entertainment and their commitment to advancing sustainability efforts for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. “The Town of Vail’s Celebrate Green events program establishes a baseline of sustainable event practices, and it is commendable to see event producers going above and beyond to embrace Vail’s certification as a sustainable destination,” she said. For more information on the Town of Vail’s sustainability plan click here.
This year's parade will be limited to the first 60 entries to submit complete applications. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 17. For applications, more information and full schedule of Town of Vail events, visit vailamericadays.com.
Vail’s colorful Independence Day parade is a centerpiece of Vail America Days celebration. Entries will be judged in eight categories: youth, marching/ musical, motorized, float/mechanical as well as the most original, best in show, most sustainable and the most distinctive award, presented by Gallegos. Entry fees vary from $75 for a non-profit float, to $125 for individuals and $250 for a business.
The parade will begin at Golden Peak and continue 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 the finish. Volunteers are needed to help organizers keep the parade moving. Duties include carrying banners and assisting with traffic. Contact Highline at 970.476.6797 x 709 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteering details.
The Vail America DaysTM celebration will also feature spectacular fireworks at Golden Peak and other events including the Patriotic Concert, Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and live music at Solaris Plaza as part of the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series.
Vail America DaysTM could not be possible without the generosity of the presenting sponsors Town of Vail, GMC, Alpine Bank and The Gallegos Corporation.