Vail America Days
JULY 4, 2022 • VAIL, COLORADO
Come and celebrate the 4th of July in Vail with the return of the Vail America Days Parade!
The night sky will also be lit up again but in a 21st century way! We are choreographing a drone show over Vail Mountain to replace our traditional fireworks. Don’t miss this incredible show.
New for 2022 Vail America Days Drone Show will light up the Vail skies on July 4 starting at 10:00 PM, weather/conditions permitting.
The drone show will be visible from areas across town. See the map below for the view corridors for the show. You can view the show from anywhere that you have a clear view of the frontside of Vail Mountain. Listen to the soundtrack for the Drone Show on KZYR on the radio or streaming at KZYR 97.7 (maindigitalstream.com).
DRONE SHOW VIEWING AREA
July 4th at 10:00 am
The region’s largest parade returns in its traditional format for the first time since 2019 when it begins at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4. The parade will progress 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. To help reduce congestion, spectators are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the parade. Also, consider leaving your dog at home where it will be safe from the crowds and loud noises which could startle your pet.
The theme for the parade is “Red, White and Blues.” Terry Minger, the 2022 Vail Trailblazer Award recipient, will serve as Honorary Parade Marshal. Minger was Vail’s town manager from 1969-79 and was presented with the Trailblazer honor earlier this year that recognizes those who contribute their time and talent to make Vail a great resort community.
Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated during the parade. Water refill stations are located in the Vail Village and Lionshead Welcome Centers, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watch the parade live on High Five Access Media Channel 5 or via webstream at www.highfivemedia.org as well as on Roku and Apple TV beginning at 10:45 a.m. Coverage
The village will come alive with ongoing musical performances throughout the day. From Americana, to Patriotic and Rock, there will be a variety of music to get your body moving.
12 to 2 p.m. – Free street concert by Sam Bee Blues Band on Solaris/Meadow Drive stage
12 to 2 p.m. – Free street concert by the Evolution Band on Lionshead Welcome Center stage
12 to 2 p.m. – Free concert by Tiny Barge and the Big Chill on the Lionshead Sunbird Plaza stage
3 to 6 p.m. – Vail Après Music at Gore Creek Promenade with Evolution Duo and Sunbird Park with Sam B Duo
Don’t miss the annual patriotic concert at the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater. Get more info and tickets at The Amp | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (grfavail.com)
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 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 at Bravo! Vail Music Festival | The Sound of Extraordinary | PATRIOTIC CONCERT (bravovail.org)
- 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.