FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Public Parking & Event Access?
Arrive early on July 4 to enjoy free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages. The parking garage operations will be implementing a new ticketing system that allows the town’s parking staff to track daily activity within the parking structures. Beginning Memorial Day and extending through the summer, drivers will be required to pull a ticket at the gate to activate entry into the parking garage; to leave the garage, the same ticket will need to be inserted at the exit gate. Parking hosts will be on site throughout the summer to assist guests in facilitating the free transactions. Instructional signs will be posted throughout the structures to remind users to keep their ticket to exit.
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 (next to the interstate) until 11 p.m. Close-in parking at Ford Park and the Soccer Field will be available for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paid parking is also available at Solaris; rates vary. Vail and ECO Transit will offer increased bus service throughout the holiday week. Call 477-3456 for Vail bus information or 328-3520 for ECO schedule details. Visit for expanded and extended transit routes and parking info.
Vail America Days Parade?
The region’s largest parade begins at 10 a.m. on 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. 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.
Participate in the Parade?
If you would like to register to participate in the Vail America Days Parade, please visit the parade link above for more information. Registration is now open for 2019.
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 and Golden Peak. Plus, Vail’s outlying neighborhoods serviced by the East Vail, Golf Course and Sandstone routes have access to double the service during peak times. www.vailgov.com/bus-schedules. No in-town shuttles will run during the parade, 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ECO regional transit will provide service as follows: For the Vail America Days parade, catch the ECO bus at Riverwalk in Edwards at 9:07 a.m., Avon Station at 9:17 a.m., or the Forest Service parking lot at Dowd Junction at 9:32 a.m. 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.
Starting at 7 a.m., Vail Valley Drive will be one-way westbound from the Pulis Bridge, east of Ford Park, to the Vail Athletic Field in order to accommodate the staging for the parade.
The annual patriotic concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, presented by Bravo! Vail and the Vail Valley Foundation, will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 2:00 p.m. on July 4. Amphitheater tickets will go on sale Monday, July 1st at 8 a.m. at the Amphitheater Box Office only. Each purchaser is limited to four tickets at $25 per ticket. General Admission lawn seating is open to the public at no cost, and is first come, first served beginning at 12:30 p.m. prior to the start of the concert. For more information please visit bravovail.com.
Lodging options range from European-style, top-rated hotels to cozy, log cabin bed and breakfasts. For lodging packages please visit www.vail.com.
The use of all personal fireworks, including sparklers, smoke bombs or any effect that requires ignition with a flame is prohibited in Vail. If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, check with your local fire department for regulations. Outdoor fires are prohibited except those appliances which are commercially manufactured and listed for outdoor use. Please make sure that all screens and safeguards are in place. Please make sure that grills are used on a solid, non-combustible surface with a safe clearance distance combustible materials including overhanging decks, tree branches and shrubs, and grasses and ground fuels. Please be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see smoke or something out of the ordinary. For additional details, visit vailgov.com.
Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining Vail's long-standing family-friendly atmosphere.
Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets of Vail is prohibited year-round. No open containers are allowed in Vail. If you plan to drink, don’t drink and drive, make arrangements to ride the bus or arrange for a designated driver.
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.
Lost and Found?
If you’ve lost an item on the bus, in the parking structure or on the streets, stop by the Vail Police Department in the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road to ask if the item has been recovered. Or, call 970-479-2208. If you’ve lost an item on Vail Mountain, call 970-754-3059.
Holiday Trash Schedule?
Residents with curbside trash service are reminded to check with their trash removal company to determine if collection schedules will be affected by the Fourth of July holiday. Vail wildlife protection regulations prohibit placing trash outside for pick up other than from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the scheduled trash collection day. In addition, all outdoor trash containers must be either bear-resistant or bear-proof and latched to deter access by bears and other wildlife.