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Vail America Days: Fourth of July celebration, Vail-style

June 28, 2019, 9:28 am

Vail’s event-filled Fourth of July celebration, Vail America Days, continues to be a top destination for those looking to celebrate the summer holiday in a fun and safe mountain environment.

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Entertainment will include Vail’s 4th of July parade, with the 2019 theme ‘A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division’, a traditional fireworks display from Golden Peak (conditions permitting) at dusk, live musical entertainment throughout the weekend featuring family music, jazz, and the annual Patriotic Concert from Bravo! Vail with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The 2019 parade route will wind its way through the villages, and will be presented by announcers at the GMC stage in Solaris Plaza, as well as an announcer stage, presented by Alpine Bank, near Gorsuch in Vail Village and a third announcer at the entrance to Lionshead Village.

2019 Honorary Parade Marshals: Sandy Treat and Richard Over

The Town of Vail is pleased to announce 10thMountain Division Veterans Sandy Treat and Richard Over as honorary 2019 Vail America Days Parade Marshals. Richard Over states “It is an honor for me to represent the 10th Mountain Division as a Parade Marshal for the Vail 4th of July parade.  Vail is special to me and I greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts to make sure that the story of the 10th is preserved forever.”

Now 96-years-old, Sandy Treat trained at Camp Hale with the 10th Mountain Division before the mountain troopers shipped out to Italy and played a key role in bringing World War II in Europe to an end. As an accomplished collegiate skier for Dartmouth College, Treat instructed fellow 10th Mountain troopers, using his cross country knowledge to teach them how to ski through trees with their 90-pound backpacks.  Each Friday at 3 p.m. at the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail, Treat recounts his time and training at Camp Hale, along with stories of the 10th as they advanced through Italy against heavy resistance from German troops.  

Like Treat, Richard Over served his country proudly during World War II with the 10th Mountain Division, seeing action in the Aleutian Islands of Kiska and Attu.  For almost 70 years, Over has shared the heroic story of the 10th Mountain Division with people of all ages.  At the age of 95, Dick continues to volunteer his time for the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The Museum will host a public meet and greet with Richard Over following the parade from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 4 at the Museum.

Meet & Greet with Richard Over, 10thMountain Veteran and Sandy Treat’s “Tales of the 10th

New to the schedule for this year, the Colorado Snowsports Museum invites the public to a Meet and Greet with Richard Over, 10th Mountain Veteran. Taking place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, this special event, hosted at the Museum, will provide a unique opportunity to chat with a veteran of the 10th Mountain. In addition to the meet and greet with Over, the Museum will also play host to 10thveteran Sandy Treat’s weekly “Tales of the 10th” on Friday afternoon, July 5, at 3 p.m.  A $5 donation is requested for the presentation.

2019 Annual Patriotic Concert

In addition to the variety of other events taking place as part of the holiday weekend, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th, 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.  Amphitheater tickets will go on sale Monday, July 1stat 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.                      

2019 Fireworks

Vail America Days will continue with the tradition of presenting a firework show at Golden Peak on July 4that dusk (conditions permitting) to top off the celebration. The fireworks will be synchronized to a powerful musical soundtrack and the show is suitable for all ages. The 2019 show will be featured on 97.7FM KZYR, The Zephyr, where listeners can tune in to a simulcast during the event. The Town of Vail asks that you join as stewards of the surrounding national forest. The use of all personal fireworks is prohibited. For updates on possible fire restrictions or other public safety announcements, subscribe to the emergency notification system at www.ecalert.org to receive text or email alerts on your phone.

2019 Parking

To access all Vail America Days events throughout the holiday week and weekend visitors will find free parking in Vail’s parking garages in both Lionshead and Vail Village. It is recommended to arrive early to enjoy free daytime parking in the ail Village and Lionshead parking structures. Once the two parking structures fill, free parking will also be available on the north side of the South Frontage Road. Ford Park will offer parking for $10. You can also park for free at Red Sandstone garage. For more information, visit vaileventparking.com.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information and a full listing of events visit www.VailAmericaDays.comor call HIGHLINE at 970-476-6797 x715.

Vail America Days™ is presented by The Town of Vail, GMC, Alpine Bank and The Gallegos Corporation and is sponsored in part by Barbara Scrivens of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

About Vail 

Born from a dream and built with a vision, Vail is the world’s premier mountain resort. With more than 5,280 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, including seven legendary Back Bowls in the winter, and flourishing summer recreation complemented by unparalleled access to world-class arts and events, the options for year-round adventure are limitless. The same pioneering spirit with which Vail was founded continues to set the standard for the industry, and this timeless pursuit of excellence and innovation is tangible across all aspects of guest service and operations. Vail is where outdoor recreation meet village sophistication, and to visit Vail is to truly experience a destination like nothing on earth. Visit Vailsummer.com for more information.

2019 Vail America Days™ Schedule
Monday, July 1 – Thursday, July 4, 2019


8:00 a.m. 

Ticket sale – walk up only for 7/4 Bravo! Vail Patriotic Concert | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Box Office         

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vail Lacrosse Shootout | Ford Park, Vail Athletic Field; Vail Mountain School

6:00 p.m.                     

Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat and Natalie Cole| Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vail Lacrosse Shootout | Ford Park, Vail Athletic Field, VMS                                                                                                                 

6:00 p.m. 

Bravo! Vail: Chamber Series –  Strings and McDermott |Donovan Pavilion

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m                        

Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series  –  Jackie Green Band | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vail Lacrosse Shootout  | Ford Park, Vail Athletic Field, VMS     

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                        

Vail Public Library Book Sale | Vail Public Library

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Vail Summer Bluegrass Concert Series – Jeremy Garret (Infamous String Dusters) and Friends | Solaris Plaza


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  

Pancake Breakfast – Open to the Public  | Vail Interfaith Chapel

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Vail Public Library Bake Sale |  Vail Public Library

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vail Lacrosse Shootout | Ford Park, Vail Athletic Field, VMS

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 

Interfaith Independence Worship Celebration | Vail Interfaith Chapel

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Vail Public Library Book Sale |  Vail Public Library    

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                    

Vail America Days™ Parade  – Theme: A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division | Golden Peak to Lionshead

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                       

Meet and Greet with Richard Over, 10th Mountain Division Veteran and 2019 Vail America Days Parade Marshal | Colorado Snowsports Museum

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Jazz Band | Vail Square,Lionshead     

2:00 p.m.                                               

Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra  – Patriotic Concert  | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Vail Jazz Festival – Marcia Ball| Vail Square, Lionshead


Fireworks [pending conditions]  | Golden Peak

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