Entries for Vail’s annual Fourth of July parade are currently being accepted by event organizers and are due by 5 p.m. Monday, June 18. The 2018 parade will start at Golden Peak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 and will wind its way through Vail Village, ending in Lionshead. The theme for the parade is “America’s Great Outdoors” providing guests and participants with the opportunity to celebrate the beauty that Mother Nature provides.
New sustainability guidelines will be implemented this year to align with the Town of Vail’s current Sustainability Plan. Guidelines include a reduced number of vehicle entries, encouraging float and parade participants to be creative and find new environmentally sensitive forms of transportation along the parade route. Float participants will also be asked to limit the distribution of plastic and paper products in order to minimize waste during the event.
Mark Hoblitzell, environmental sustainability coordinator for the Town of Vail, is excited by the progress of event organizer Highline Sports and Entertainment and their commitment to advancing sustainability efforts for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. “The Town of Vail’s Celebrate Green events program establishes a baseline of sustainable event practices and it is commendable to see event producers going above and beyond to embrace Vail’s certification as a sustainable destination,” he said. For more information on the Town of Vail’s sustainability plan click here.
This year’s parade will be limited to the first 60 entries that submit complete applications by the 5 p.m. deadline on June 18. For applications and more information, visit vailamericadays.com.
Vail’s colorful Independence Day parade is a centerpiece of the Vail America DaysTM celebration. Entries will be judged in seven categories: youth, marching/ musical, motorized, float/mechanical as well as the most original, best in show and the most distinctive award, presented by Gallegos. Entry fees vary from $75 for a non-profit float, to $125 for individuals and $250 for a business.
The parade will begin at Golden Peak and continue 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 the finish. Volunteers are needed to help organizers keep the parade moving. Duties include carrying banners and assisting with traffic. Contact Highline at 970-476-6797, ext.706 or by email to lucy for volunteering details.
The Vail America DaysTM celebration will also feature spectacular fireworks at Golden Peak and other events including the Patriotic Concert at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vail Bluegrass in Vail Square at the Arrabelle.
Vail America DaysTM is presented by the Town of Vail, Alpine Bank and Gallegos Corporation.