The Town of Vail is pleased to announce Bill and Sally Hanlon as the 2017 parade marshals
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. Entertainment will include Vail’s 4th of July parade, with the 2017 theme ‘America the Beautiful’, 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 2017 parade route will wind its way through the villages, and will be presented by announcers in Solaris Plaza, as well as an announcer stage, presented by HealthONE at the entrance to Lionshead Village.
2017 Annual Patriotic Concert
In addition to the variety of other events taking place as part of the holiday weekend, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 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 Saturday, July 1st at 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.

2017 Parade Marshals: Sally and Bill Hanlon
The Town of Vail is pleased to announce Sally and Bill Hanlon as the 2017 Vail America Days Parade Marshals. Well known as the proud owners of Wild Bill’s Emporium, located on Wall Street in the heart of Vail Village, Sally and Bill are long-standing members of the Vail community. Once both avid east-coast skiers, their adventurous spirits brought them from New England to Colorado, and eventually to Vail. As some of the first active community members, they have been involved in a variety of important community developments in the town, such as the Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail Mountain School, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and more.
Sally and Bill have a historic and sentimental attachment to the Vail America Days parade.
“Independence Day has always had great significance to Bill and me. When we moved to Vail, part of the joy was for all of the new locals to bring their respective traditions to our new community.  Bill was so happy to start a 4th of July parade many years ago, and enjoyed every year he worked on it.   He was especially thrilled when several of our annual floats won "best entry" in the parade. We have loved watching our small town event become the preeminent parade in Colorado.  And from seeing it, to starting it, to winning it, to now leading it, participating in the parade is our biggest honor." Sally & Bill Hanlon

2017 Fireworks
Vail America Days will continue with the tradition of presenting a firework show at Golden Peak on July 4th at 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 2017 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.

2017 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. New in 2017, drivers will be required to pull a ticket at the gate to activate entry into the garages; to leave the garage, the same ticket will need to be inserted at the exit gate. Parking will remain free and parking hosts will be on site to assist facilitating these operations. Upon reaching capacity of the garages, overflow parking will be available on South Frontage Road and paid parking will be available at Ford Park. For more information regarding summer parking operations, please visit vailgov.com/parking. Also, for a schedule of peak event days, visit vaileventparking.com.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information and a full listing of events visit www.VailAmericaDays.com or call HIGHLINE at 970-476-6797 x710.
Vail America Days is presented by Town of Vail, Supergoop!, HealthONE and Gallegos Corporation and is sponsored in part by KZYR The Zephyr.

2017 Vail America Days™ Schedule
Friday, June 30-Tuesday, July 4


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vail Lacrosse Shootout/Thompson Brothers Lacrosse Camp Play Day | Homestake Peak School Stadium                

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Vail Mountain Top Yoga Series, presented by Supergoop! | The 10th deck at the top of Vail’s Gondola One

Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn, Prokofiev & A World Premiere | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater     

6:00 p.m.

Farm to Table Dinner | Meadow Drive


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

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Vail Mountain Top Yoga Series, presented by Supergoop! | The 10th deck at the top of Vail’s Gondola One

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vail Family Fun Fest | Lionshead Mall/Vail Square at Arrabelle

6:00 p.m.                               

Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra A Music Director's Farewell: The Rite of Spring | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show | Meadow Drive, Int’l Bridge, Vail Village

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jammin’ Jazz Kids | Solaris Terrace          

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vail Jazz @ the Market | Solaris Terrace                                  

6:00 p.m.

Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ellis Hall: John Williams: Music From the Movies | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

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

Vail Public Library Book Sale | Vail Public Library              


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; Vail Mountain School    

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Interfaith Worship Service | 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 | Golden Peak to Lionshead | Theme: America the Beautiful              

2:00 p.m.

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


Fireworks (Conditions Permitting) | Golden Peak             

* Schedule is subject to change, check http://www.vailamericadays.com for current details

About Vail
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities including Epic Discovery, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. For more information on a Vail vacation, please visit www.vail.com.



Natalie Biedermann, (970) 476-6797 x710, natalie@gohighline.com
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