4th of July in Vail, Colorado! Plus a Bunch of Additional Local Info

30th June, 2021 by VCBA

The Town of Vail created an amazing document with everything for fun time in Vail for the 4th of July! Here it is! Should you need more information all the links are included! Thanks Town of Vail!

VAIL AMERICA DAYS™The patriotic spirit is stronger than ever in Vail as we welcome guests back to the mountains! This year’s Vail America Days™ will look different with a modern twist on the traditional parade everyone knows and loves. The Town of Vail is excited to feature some incredible patriotic exhibits, on-the-move musicians and other surprises from Vail Village to Lionshead on Sunday, July 4. While visiting Vail’s shops and restaurants, take time to stroll through town and enjoy the curated displays embracing this year’s theme “America’s Heroes.”

Vail America Days™ Schedule9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Vail Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Patriotic Exhibits in Lionshead
2 p.m. – Patriotic Concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Silent Disco

*Subject to changewww.DiscoverVail.com/4th America’s Heroes Patriotic DisplaysReturning for 2021! Enjoy the Patriotic exhibits strategically spaced throughout Lionshead Village. These installations will help celebrate the holiday in a unique and responsible manner. Guests can stroll through town between 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. and take in the exhibits from local businesses, non-profits and community partners.   

This year’s theme “America’s Heroes,” will serve as inspiration for the installations and provide depth to the creative expressions of each display. In addition to the exhibits, live mobile musical performances will take place throughout the day to bring energy, excitement and familiar tunes to the streets. 
Patriotic Exhibit Map available here July 1
Patriotic Concert The Fourth of July Patriotic Concert is at 2 p.m. July 4 at the Ford Amphitheater featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The concert is a benefit for the Semper Fi & Americas Fund/Vail Veterans Program.

Tickets go on sale July 1 with a maximum of 4 tickets per person. 8 a.m.: In-person on sale at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater box office 11 a.m.: Online, limited tickets only

For the first time ever, a limited number of the pavilion, reserved-seat tickets will be made available online for purchase, in addition to tickets that will be made available for purchase in person at the box office.

On the day of the show, FREE, un-ticketed, lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Silent Disco
Join the fun in Vail Village at the International Bridge for a Silent Disco from 6 to 9 p.m. The silent disco is free and will accommodate 200 people at a time on a first-come, first-served basis.     

Fireworks and SafetyAfter careful consideration, the Town of Vail is joining Beaver Creek, Avon, Eagle/Gypsum and other communities across the state, including Breckenridge, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Winter Park, Denver and Boulder, in canceling its professional fireworks display on the Fourth of July. 

The Town of Vail is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. No open flames are permitted anywhere in Eagle County. Please visit www.ECEmergency.org for more information about the fire restrictions. 
Vail America DAys Vail America Days
Public Parking & Event Access

Arrive early on Sunday, 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 by mid-morning. Please pull a ticket upon entry to access the free parking and insert the ticket to exit.

Once the two structures fill, message boards will direct motorists to additional free parking 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.

Free parking is available in the Red Sandstone garage located at 559 North Frontage Road, with easy access to Lionshead Village via the pedestrian overpass. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday. 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 www.vaileventparking.com for expanded and extended transit routes and parking info.

Bus Service
All passengers using public transportation are required to wear a facemask, per federal regulations. 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 20-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and 20-minute to two-hour outlying service during non-peak times.

ECO regional transit will provide service as follows: catch the ECO bus at Freedom Park in Edwards at 9:13 a.m., Avon Station at 9:21 a.m., or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:11 and 9:41 a.m. Fares are $4 for adults; $1 for children and seniors with proof of age.

Call 970-477-3456 for Vail bus schedule information. For more information on ECO routes, go online at www.eaglecounty.us, or call 970-328-3520.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
The use of all personal fireworks including sparklers is prohibited in Vail. Personal fireworks can generally be defined as anything that explodes, makes a loud noise or flies in the air.

Bonfires and open campfires are prohibited in the Town of Vail.
The use of charcoal grills is prohibited except in areas where the grill is permanently affixed on or around a non-combustible surface and no less than thirty feet from combustible vegetation, combustible materials or forested areas.
Outdoor smoking is allowed only in designated areas that are hardscaped or paved and are well clear of combustible vegetation or materials.
Cigarettes or other lit items are to be disposed of in ash trays or cans.

Questions about open fires, charcoal grills and personal fireworks should be directed to Vail Fire and Emergency Services at 970-479-2250.
If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, check with your local fire department for regulations or visit www.ecemergency.org/2020/04/eagle-county-fire-restriction-info.html or 
www.ECEmergency.org. Please be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see smoke or something out of the ordinary. For additional details, visit www.vailgov.com.


With COVID-19 restrictions lifted and restaurants and bars now allowed to operate at full capacity, public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets in Vail Village is now prohibited. However, patrons of restaurants and bars will continue to be allowed to take alcohol to-go from any licensed establishment. Take-away alcohol may not be opened or consumed until the person has reached their destination such as their home, hotel, or public park. In Lionshead Village, where common consumption zones continue to exist, patrons may leave a restaurant establishment with alcohol and consume in that zone. Look for the signs indicating where public consumption is permitted.

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. Please also use the town-provided doggy waste bags.

No Curfew
The Vail Police Department has waived its authority to establish an overnight curfew for ages 17 and under. Your safety is the No. 1 priority. Please act responsibly.

Lost and Found
If you’ve lost an item on the bus, in the parking structure on the streets or on the mountain, visit www.vailgov.com/lostandfound to see if your item has been recovered. Items recovered from town are kept at the Vail Police Department in the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road.
Or, call 970-479-2208. Questions about items recovered from Vail Mountain should be directed to 970-754-3059 or use the online form, www.vail.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx.

Emergency Assistance
Dial 911 for emergencies. Throughout the day, the Vail Police Department will increase its presence to provide a safe environment for your celebration. For emergency notifications, subscribe to Eagle County Alert at www.ecalert.org.


Dynafit Vail Hill climb Kick off the holiday weekend in style – and earn those burgers and beers at your Independence Day barbecue! 

The 2021 Vail Recreation District trail running season continues on July 3 at 7 a.m. with the Dynafit Vail HillClimb Trail Run. This race, which begins in Vail Village, is the third event in the 2021 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series.

This long-standing, iconic event is presented by Vail’s Mountain Haus. The Dynafit Vail HillClimb has been named the best trail race by Colorado Runner Magazine in 2006 and 2011. This race tests local, regional and national runners with a seven-mile climb from Vail Village to Mid-Vail.

The climb will begin at 7 a.m. in Vail Village, next to Vail’s Mountain Haus, and finish at Mid-Vail after ascending over 2,200 vertical feet. Race participants will follow the historic gravel double-track route that has made this race a favorite among trail running enthusiasts.
You can view a course map here.
Register HERE!

Summer Mountain Activities

There are many ways to explore Vail Mountain in the summertime whether you’re on a mountain bike, a scenic hike or exploring an activity with Epic Discovery such as Adventure Courses, Ziplines, a Mountain Coaster, Tubing Hills, a Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, and much more, the options are endless

Wednesday Art Walks

Enjoy a free one-hour public art tour of Vail each Wednesday of the month starting July 7 through September 1. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure.

The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art. The Town of Vail’s public art collection includes over 55 works of art.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the collection on an interactive map visit: www.artinvail.com/Collection/Interactive-Map.


Trailhead Parking Closure at Booth Lake 

To help disperse hikers across the many trails accessible from Vail, a pilot program has been taking place this summer with a full closure of the Booth Lake trailhead parking lot in East Vail. Volunteer trail hosts are present on busy days to provide helpful information on alternative access options and other hiking alternatives.

The Vail Town Council will evaluate the impact of the closure in early August to determine if the pilot program will be extended into the fall. www.hikevail.net

Be Bear Aware
Please do your part and keep your garbage stored properly so that bears and other wildlife can coexist in our neighborhoods. Since 2007 all curbside trash customers in Vail have been required to use wildlife-resistant containers. In addition, commercial establishments, multi-family complexes and construction sites are required to use enclosures and/or wildlife-proof containers.

Also, the placement of curbside containers is restricted to the assigned pick up day and only during daylight hours under provisions of the dawn to dusk ordinance.

Since April, the police department has issued nearly 200 warnings and 3 citations for violations. www.vailgov.com/police

Neighborhood Picnics are Returning

Mark your calendars for the return of the Town of Vail’s annual neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 13 at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 10 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 towncouncil@vailgov.com at any time with your feedback. The picnics were canceled last summer due to the pandemic.

Short-Term Rental Hotline

Having problems with a short-term rental in your neighborhood? Help is on the way. Call the town’s 24/7 hotline at 970-331-0632 to report non-emergency issues, such as parking, noise or trash. For emergencies, call 911. www.vailgov.com/short-term-rentals

West Vail Master Plan Webinar

Members of the West Vail Master Plan project team will present the draft West Vail Master Plan in an upcoming webinar open to the public. At this webinar, which will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, the planning team will provide a summary of the master planning process and engage in a conversation with the public about the draft plan.
Participants will be invited to participate in virtual polling and to offer general comments. www.engagevail.com/west-vail-master-plan


Another Roundabout is Coming

A new two-lane roundabout on South Frontage Road just west of the Vail Municipal building and Vail Health will be ready for travel by the time the snow flies this fall.

The improvements will provide increased capacity for traffic flowing from the Vail Town Center roundabout to the Lionshead parking structure while accommodating the increased traffic volumes at the new Vail Health South Frontage Road entrance and anticipated future growth and redevelopment within the Lionshead area.

For travel impacts, visit www.vailgov.com/roundaboutproject.

Town of Vail to Finance Housing Development  

With record-low interest rates and the ability to retain ownership of the property in perpetuity, the Vail Town Council is moving forward with a plan to finance the construction of the $24.4 million Residences at Main Vail, located near the Main Vail roundabout.

The development includes 72 deed-restricted rental homes on the town-owned site. Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2021 with occupancy ready by November 2022. 

New Website With Fresh Modern Look

Town of Vail is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. After a year of hard work and dedication, the website will serve site visitors with improved navigation and robust search features in addition to providing a fresh modern look. We invite you to explore the new site at www.vailgov.com.

Please email us with any feedback you might have at info@vailgov.com.  Additional Resources

Summer parking: 

Transit:  www.vailgov.com/bus-schedules
Short-term Rental Registration: www.vailgov.com/short-term-rentals  


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