Fourth of July Preview 2016
Join us for a weekend full of events and activities and make the most of your holiday with music, fireworks and a patriotic parade in the heart of Vail. Gather up the family and enjoy the fun!
Schedule of Events
Celebrate the USA with Vail America Days™ Parade
The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. in Vail on Monday, July 4. Grand Marshals Vi and Byron Brown, longtime community boosters, will help lead this crowd-favorite extravaganza. The parade 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. Watch for the best patriotic-themed entries that deliver on the parade theme: “The Spirit of America.” For a good view of the parade, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and pick a location along the parade route. No water fights, please. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises which could startle your pet. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade.
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.
Honoring Vi and Byron Brown
Photo by Preston Utley, Courtesy of Vail Valley Medical Center
As the newly-announced Vail America Days™ Parade Marshals for 2016, Vi and Byron Brown have been part of the Vail community for over 50 years. They are a quintessential Vail couple, with a fantastic ‘how we met on the slopes’ story. They have been involved in the development of the Town of Vail in many ways, from building and living in the first house in West Vail, to fundraising for local education, construction and other nonprofit organizations, and also helping to bring the 1989 Alpine Ski World Championships to Vail. Vi and Byron played crucial roles in both the expansion of the Eagle Valley Community Fund as well as the advancement and success of Ski Club Vail. Their son Mike Brown was the first Vail athlete to join the U.S. Ski Team, and has recently been inducted to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. Entrenched in Vail’s history, this distinguished couple represents the spirit of Vail, a true love for skiing and the culture surrounding the sport.
Public Parking & Event Access
Arrive early on Monday, 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. 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. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday week. 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 vaileventparking.com for expanded and extended transit routes and parking info.
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. Monday. All pavilion tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, 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.
The celebration in Vail continues throughout the day and into the evening and will culminate with a fireworks show at Golden Peak on July 4th at dusk (conditions permitting). The fireworks will be synchronized to a powerful musical soundtrack and the show is suitable for all ages. Check vailgov.com, vailamericadays.com and local media outlets for status updates in case of changing circumstances that would require cancellation.
Public safety agencies in Eagle County would like to remind everyone that the personal use of most fireworks is prohibited. Illegal fireworks include those that fly into the air and those with a loud bang such as bottle rockets, firecrackers, cherry bombs, Roman candles and M-80 salutes. To ensure a safe and fun holiday, Eagle County agencies encourage guests and residents to view the public professional displays that are taking place in Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek and the Eagle Valley community.
Annual Friends of Vail Public Library Book Sale & Bake Sale
Beginning Saturday, July 2, and running through Monday, July 4, 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 Monday from 8 a.m. to noon in front of the library. Come peruse the diverse selection of books, DVDs and CDs in the Vail Public Library’s Community Room during the Book Sale hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and July 3; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4. All proceeds from the Book Sale and Bake Sale will benefit the Friends of Vail Public Library. For more information, contact Lori Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-479-2194.
In honor of the Town of Vail’s upcoming 50th Birthday Celebration, the Friends of Vail Public Library will be selling their new 50th Birthday “Community Blend” coffee at the 4th of July Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to noon. All proceeds from these coffee sales will benefit Children’s Programs @ Vail Public Library.
Epic Discovery Now Open!
Do you want to soar like an eagle? Travel through the forest canopy like a squirrel? Find out if you can see as well as a hawk? Epic Discovery, Vail Mountain’s new on-mountain summer adventure, is now open, allowing you to explore the national forest like never before with thrilling activities, like the Forest Flyer, and wildlife trail explorations that bring nature to life in an interactive way. Enjoy unlimited all-day access to Epic Discovery with the Ultimate Adventure Pass for $89. Visit vail.com to learn more about the adventure that awaits.
Art in Public Places Announces a Second Season of the Vail ART Pass
Vail ART Pass is celebrating a second season after a successful launch last summer. The Vail ART Pass gathers a community of individuals with an interest in the visual arts sponsored by Art in Public Places. Members of the Vail ART Pass will enjoy access to specialized tours of private art collections, museums, exhibitions, artist studio visits, and much more within and outside of the Vail Valley. Members will also be invited to signature events and receptions sponsored by Art in Public Places throughout the year. Visit artinvail.com to sign up for the annual $50 membership. Events will have limited occupancy and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tiny Cinema Shows on July 5
The eclectic “Davey B. Gravey’s Tiny Cinema” is coming to Vail on Tuesday, July 5, courtesy of Vail’s Art in Public Places. Enjoy the free short silent films in this tiny four-seat mobile movie house. The films are projected in the glorious format of Super 8 film accompanied with live music from Davey B. Gravey, the projectionist. Davey B. Gravey’s Tiny Cinema will be at the entrance of the Lionshead Mall from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on the International Bridge in Vail Village from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy River Waters Safely
While this is an excellent time to find fun and adventure on Colorado’s rivers, be sure to plan ahead before heading off downstream. Recommendations from Vail Fire and Emergency Services include using a professional guide if you’re inexperienced. Also, regardless of experience, the right gear is essential. Never enter the water until you’re equipped with a Personal Flotation Device (life jacket), helmet and appropriate cold-water protection, such as a wet suit or dry suit. Finally, look out for each other. Keep an eye on children and dogs, ensuring they are a safe distance from swift moving currents and debris. Prevention is the most effective form of rescue.
I-70 Vail Underpass Phase 2 Work Starts July 5
The first phase of the I-70 Vail underpass project has been successfully completed with construction of two bridges on I-70 and the return of normal traffic flow along the interstate by the end of this week. Phase-two begins July 5 when construction will shift to the North and South Frontage Roads, which will both be lowered 15 feet. This phase-two construction will impact vehicular traffic along the Frontage Roads, Vail Transit routes servicing West Vail as well as the route for pedestrians and bicyclists through the project site. For details, visit cdot.gov/projects/i70vailunderpass.
Neighborhood Picnics are Coming
Mark your calendars for the Town of Vail’s 17th annual neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 12 at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 9 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 email@example.com at any time with your feedback.
Celebrating 50 Years of Community
On Aug. 23, 1966, an election was held that set the stage for Vail to become recognized as a real town. Shortly thereafter, a town board was elected and the rest, as they say, is history. To celebrate 50 years of community, Vail is throwing a birthday party from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Donovan Pavilion. Save the date and plan to join in the celebration which will include food, fun and recognition of the contributions of the many people that have made Vail a great place to live. For details, visit vailgov.com/50thbirthday
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