After careful consideration, the Town of Vail is joining Eagle County and other communities across the state in cancelling its professional fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
Fire department personnel have been carefully monitoring conditions at the fireworks site on Vail Mountain as well as current and predicted weather conditions. According to Fire Chief Mark Novak, “based upon current fire indices and the prediction for continued dry and windy weather through the 4th of July, we are unable to issue a permit for the fireworks display.” Public fireworks displays in Avon, Beaver Creek and Gypsum have also been cancelled as officials prepare to enact Stage 2 fire restrictions throughout Eagle County, including BLM and national forest lands.
Chief Novak says public safety officials in Vail are prepared to aggressively enforce the ban on personal fireworks, which includes sparklers, to ensure the town uses its available resources to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for its guests.
Today’s announcement follows previous July Fourth fireworks cancellations by the town in 2012, 2006, 2002, and 1998, also due to extreme conditions. Residents and guests are asked to familiarize themselves with provisions of the Stage 2 fire restrictions which become effective June 30. The restrictions prohibit all open burning and the use of personal fireworks, among other activities. Outdoor smoking is also prohibited in most areas, including Vail Mountain. For details and updates, go to eaglecounty.us/Emergency/Fire_Restriction_Information/.
Despite the cancellation of the fireworks, Vail America Days™ on July 4th promises to provide a fun-filled celebration that includes the region’s largest parade, a patriotic concert, family activities and live music. For details, visit vailamericadays.com/schedule.