The week leading up to Fourth of July and the week after are some of the busiest times of the year around Vail. Families and friends from across the country meet for annual festivities, folks road trip from Denver for mountain-town fun and locals come out of the cracks for holiday festivities.
My highlight from last year's Independence Day celebration in Vail Valley was Avon's celebratory fireworks. Even though we watched from a distance, they were spectacular and super festive. This year I may attempt watching them closer from Nottingham Park. The very same Westin Salute to the U.S.A. fireworks show is planned for Monday, July 3. Live music is planned beginning at 5:45 p.m., and the display will start at 9:15 p.m.
Temperatures through the long holiday weekend and into next week will hover in the high 70s to mid-80s. At the time of this writing, some morning rain showers were predicted for Sunday, July 2.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
More Holiday Festivities
Vail America Days is planned for Tuesday, July 4, in Vail Village. This all-day event attracts 25,000 people to its parade alone, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at Golden Peak and ends in Lionshead. Fourth of July is likely Vail Village's busiest day of the season, so be sure to carpool and park in town early.
The Vail Fireworks Show takes place at Golden Peak. It will begin approximately at 9:30 p.m. (or dusk). This annual event is synchronized to a musical soundtrack.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform a Fourth of July Patriotic Concert at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with free lawn tickets; gates open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Seat tickets are $25 per person. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Vail Veterans Program.
If you're in need of a patriotic look, stop into Portofino Jewelry and Beads in Avon for red, white and blue headbands and scarves. American flag-style headbands are $4.95 each.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, patriotic headbands available now at Portofino Jewelry in Avon
Even More Things to Do in Vail
Live music highlights include Rebirth Brass Band performing at Agave in Avon on Thursday, June 29; Rewind playing a pre-fireworks show at Maya in Avon on Monday, July 3; Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers performing at Beaver Creek's Vilar Performing Arts Center, also on Monday; Chatham County Line performing as part of the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series in Vail on Wednesday, July 5; and The Wailers playing Vilar Performing Arts Center, also on Wednesday. The Bravo! Vail Music Festival continues with daily performances; check out Vail Valley This Week for the full lineup.
Other fun things to do around town include Farm to Table Dinners put on by Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show on Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. The Vail Village farmers' market will take over town on Sunday, July 2, with fresh food vendors, artisans and more. Vail Jazz will perform at the Sunday market from noon to 3 p.m.
Vail Valley Recreation
This time of year features a variety of opportunities for Vail Valley outdoor adventure, whether it's self-guided hikes or an organized race.
Free Yoga in the Park happens every Saturday this summer in Avon's Nottingham Park. This Saturday, July 1, will feature stretching and energizing yoga moves taught by a certified instructor. The class begins at 9 p.m. at the performance pavilion terrace.
Looking for some Down Valley fun after the Fourth of July? Check out the family-friendly 9th annual LG Tri Sprint Triathlon at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink on Saturday, July 8. The event kicks off at 7 a.m. The 5th annual LG Kid’s Tri will kick off at the same location starting at 10 a.m. The triathlon includes a 500-meter swim (10 laps in the Eagle Pool), a 12-mile bike loop made along Brush Creek Road and a 5K run through Eagle Ranch. Race participants can sign up as individuals or as teams. All race participants go home with a goody bag. For more information or to register online, visit www.lgtri.com.
For full listings for shopping, deals, events and restaurants, head to Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: Courtesy Vail Valley Charitable Fund via Brian Maloney Photography