Vail America Days organizers are ready to welcome guests and area residents for the extended Fourth of July holiday which includes Vail’s popular parade and fireworks display on Monday, plus a full weekend of activities.
The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, 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 “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.
To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade. 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’s Fourth of July fireworks display on Monday 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.
Increased bus service in Vail will be provided throughout the day and into the evening on July 4 with six-to-eight-minute frequency on the in-town shuttle serving Lionshead, Vail Village, Golden Peak and Ford Park, with 40-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and one-to-two hour outlying service during non-peak times.