Beaver Creek hosts an all day festival (with VIP tickets available!) on July 4.

Editor's Note: This article has been amended to reflect the Stage 2 fire restrictions put in place in Eagle County on June 30, which prohibit the use of pyrotechnic devices (including fireworks) on both public and private land. If you plan on camping for the holiday, Stage 2 restrictions also prohibit campfires of any kind. Visit Eagle County's website for more information.

Parades, Concerts, Barbecues, and Parties

Vail America Days Parade

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Vail Village

Vail's annual 4th of July bash kicks off at Golden Peak, where a parade filled with floats, bands, and classic cars meanders through Vail Village before ending at Lionshead Village. Plan on arriving early (and take the bus into town if you can)—the 4th brings out the masses to see the parade crawl by, and organizers suggest arriving at least a half an hour before festivities begin.

4th of July Bike Parade

11 a.m., Brush Creek Park Pavilion, Eagle

Eagle's 4th of July celebration is all about two wheels—decorate your bicycle in red, white, and blue before joining the group ride from Brush Creek Park Pavilion to Eagle Town Park, where games and kids' activities await.

Beaver Creek's Independence Day Celebration

12 to 10 p.m., Beaver Creek Mountain

Beaver Creek celebrates America's birthday with a full day of live music (courtesy of Walker Hayes, Delta Rae, and more). Families looking for a more upscale experience can opt for the VIP event ticketing, which includes access to the resort's tony White Carpet Club, drinks and snacks, private kids' activities, swag, and parking ($260 for a family of four).

Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

12:30 to 9 p.m., Lionshead Village

The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series is celebrating the 4th with a marathon tribute to Americana and finger-pickin' folk music. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades headlines the day's event, followed by The Drunken Hearts, Chain Station, and Boot Gun. The best part? It's free.

Bravo! Vail's Patriotic Concert

2 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Bravo! Vail's Independence Day Concert features the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic classical compositions by John Williams, Aaron Copland, and John Philip Sousa ($25 per person).

4th of July Pool Party

2 to 6 p.m., Eagle-Vail Swimming Pool, Eagle-Vail

If you're looking to keep your cool (in the company of hyperkinetic kids) this 4th of July, head to Eagle-Vail's pool party, where games, prizes, and (best of all) ice cream are included in the price of admission ($14 per adult, $11 per child, children 3 and under are free).

Pop Up Strings Concert

5:30 to 7 p.m., Nottingham Park & Pavilion, Avon

Avon's resident string quartet serenades the sunset lakeside at Nottingham Park & Pavilion.

Larkspur's 4th of July Bash

6:30 p.m., Larkspur Restaurant, Vail

Larkpsur's 4th of July Bash boasts a tented, pop-up locale on the lawn of Golden Peak, where the restaurant will be serving up cocktails, their signature Larkburgers, and plenty of sweets for all who stop by on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Alpine Bank's Salute to the USA

July 3, 5 to 10 p.m., Nottingham Park & Pavilion, Avon

There might not be fireworks for this year's Salute to the USA, but the carnival (including face painters, fire jugglers, and funnel cakes) is still coming to the Town of Avon's lakeside park and pavilion. The Dearling Band (5:45 to 7:15 p.m.) and the Arapahoe Philharmonic (7:45 to 9:15 p.m.) will also be on hand to serenade the crowd as the sun goes down. Although, if you'd rather not elbow your way through the crowd, opt for a seat on the deck of Maya at the Westin (5 to 8 p.m.), where a pop-up taco tent and live bluegrass by Cold Smoke Cannon is set to provide the evening's entertainment before you wander over to the main event.

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