Citing success of program, Vail ends late-night curfew on Fourth of July

By Real Vail
June 23, 2011
For the first time in 10 years, Vail is dropping its July 4 curfew and eliminating late-night access restrictions in Vail Village for the upcoming holiday. During a review of the public safety measures this week, Vail Town Council members said the campaign is no longer needed, at least for now, due to its previous successes in establishing an enduring family-friendly atmosphere in Vail.

Prior to enactment of the campaign, problems with underage drinking and overcrowding on Bridge Street threatened the public's safety and risked property damage as thousands of people converged on the area. The overnight curfew for ages 17 and under and the post-fireworks special event district in the heart of Vail Village for ages 21 and over was considered a model by public safety agencies across the country for its ability to create a fun and safe environment for guests and residents.

By agreeing to remove the restrictions for the July 4 holiday, council members have asked the town staff to provide an update at its July 5 council meeting to determine if the policies will continue to be relaxed or reinstated. In the past, the public safety measures have also been enacted on New Year's Eve.

Vail's event-filled Fourth of July celebration continues to be a top destination for families. Activities include the popular Vail America Days parade, a patriotic concert and a fireworks finale later in the evening. A full weekend of activities will lead up to Monday's celebration. Visit for details.

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