Schedule of Events
Friday, June 29
No events planned
Saturday, June 30
10:00 AM RED, WHITE, AND BLUE COSTUME COMPETITION Farmer’s Market, 12500 E Old Spanish Trail, Tucson AZ The Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market will be OPEN from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM where you can select from a wide variety of locally grown food and other artisan items. At 10:00 AM enter the Costume Competition. Event is FREE.
1:00 -4:00 PM PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION American Legion Post 109, 15921 S. Houghton Road, Corona de Tucson, AZ Show love to our wartime veterans! The American Legion Post 109 will host a patriotic celebration with Food, Music and other fun activities. Event is FREE to enter. Food available for purchase.
6:30 – 8:00 PM MUSIC ON THE TERRACE Colossal Cave, 16721 E Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ Enjoy the most scenic spot in Vail. Overlooking the Rincon Valley, the Colossal Cave Terrace Restaurant is now open and serving great food. Beginning at 6:30 PM there will be live music and great food. Cost is $5 admission at the gate. Food and drinks available for purchase at the Terrace Restaurant.
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM TUCSON SPEEDWAY FIRECRACKER 50 AND FIREWORKS SHOW Tucson Speedway, 11955 S Harrison Rd, Tucson, AZ Tucson Speedway will host their annual Firecracker 50 race on Saturday night. The three hours of racing will feature Super Late Model Cars, Trucks, and more. After the races, there will be a 20 minute fireworks show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 Adults and $5 for kids 10 and under.
Sunday, July 1
10:00 AM-2:00 PM DOOR SLAMMERS CAR CLUB SHOW del lago Golf Club
12:30 PM CHARRON VINEYARDS WINE TASTING AND VINE BLESSING Charron Vineyards 18585 S Sonoita Hwy, Vail, AZ Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the Charron Vineyards, 18585 S. Sonoita Hwy., Vail, for the second annual “wine tasting and vine blessing”. Discounted prices on all wines. There will be live music all afternoon and then at 2:30 PM a presentation about winemaking and the traditional blessing. Event is FREE. Wine and cheese available for purchase.
1:00 PM SECOND ANNUAL CORVETTE SHOW AT HACIENDA DEL LAGO 14155 E Vía Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ Hacienda del Lago Enjoy a great meal at Hacienda del Lago and take a tour of America’s iconic sports car. The Corvette Club will display model from every year.
8:00 – 9:30 PM DARK SKIES STARS GAZING Christ Lutheran Vail, 14600 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail, AZ Southern Arizona is blessed with some of the best night skies in the world. Come enjoy the Wonder of Vail’s Dark Skies with Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association. Bring a chair.
Monday, July 2
ALL DAY – Foodie Crawl: Vail, AZ For those who like our great local fare, spend the day without cooking. Sample food from all of Vail’s great local restaurants. Restaurants will have specials all day, so see what food entices you and then eat away.
Tuesday, July 3
5:00 – 9:00 THE WORLD’S ONLY PRICKLY PEAR BLOCK PARTY 14155 E Vía Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ Come to Rancho del Lago Golf Course and enjoy food, games, and shopping. Drew’s Dogs, Pizza Hut, Eegees, and others will sell food.
9:00 PM – SECOND ANNUAL VAIL FIREWORKS 14155 E Vía Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ Find a spot in Vail and watch the second annual Vail Fireworks. The best spot to watch will be from Hacienda del Lago Golf Course. Listen to great music and patriotic speeches as Vail launches a colossal 20 minute fireworks show. As always, the show time can fluctuate or be cancelled to due weather conditions in the evening.
Wednesday, July 4
9:00 AM – A COLOSSAL FOURTH INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND SPLASH ZONE Colossal Cave Road from Lava Peak to Hacienda del Lago Set up a chair or awning, relax and enjoy a simple small town joy from the past. The Independence Day Parade route starts at Lava Peak Road and continues east along Colossal Cave Road to Rancho del Lago. Be aware, though that the entire north side of the Road has been designated as a Splash Zone. Wear the right clothes and put that cell phone away as YOU WILL GET WET!
If you aren’t watching the parade, you must be in it!
Bring your family and friends to the A Colossal Fourth Parade! Watching – come decked out in your patriotic best. Parade entries think patriotic & prickly pear cactus! Vail is the prickly pear capitol of the world! Get creative – show your patriotism and Vail prickly pear pride! • Entry Form (click here) – Enter your family, a group of neighbors, your club or business. • To watch the parade – Park along the Parade Route before 8:45 AM.
- Keep all parking and seating off the pavement! This is a Pima County requirement to keep the parade safe.
- NO throwing of objects or entering into the parade route by parade watchers.
- At 9:00 AM SHARP, the Pima County Sheriff Department will close Colossal Cave Road to vehicular traffic and the parade begins. The Parade will end after the last entry – but no later than 11:00 AM.
Parade Route begins at Christ Lutheran Vail Church parking lot at 14600 E. Colossal Cave Road. Parade volunteers will line up entries. Parade Route ends at the Hacienda del Lago, parking lot at 14155 E. Via del Lago. The parade route is approximately .6 mile in length. • Parade Route The Parade SPLASH ZONE will be clearly marked. If you are in the SPASH ZONE you will get wet! • Protect your valuable electronics. • Bring a towel. You might even want to wear a swimsuit, a hat and sunscreen. FREE to watch!
Tuesday, July 3rd
Patriotic Prickly Pear Block Party will be held at Hacienda del Lago Golf Course a planning partner of A Colossal Fourth. Bring a chair or blanket! Live music, great food, jumping castle, slip n’ slide, booths, Carnival games and so much more. Hacienda del Lago, 14155 E. Via del Lago, Vail Event Parking $5.
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A COLOSSAL FOURTH VAIL-CATION MEANS VALUE WHEN YOU STAY LOCAL, EXPERIENCE LOCAL, AND SHOP LOCAL! FOUR DAYS OF SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ALONG THE VAIL CONNECTS MAIN STREET CORRIDOR.
At Colossal Cave Mountain Park – partner of A Colossal Fourth & Vail Connects Main Street.
$2.00 off the regular Colossal Cave tour July 1-4 for residents of 85641 and 85747 zip codes.
Reserve your tour online at www.colossalcave.com
Petting Zoo will be FREE July 1st – 4th for residents of 85641 and 85747 zip codes
Get your wristband at the Colossal Cave Gift Shop
Live Music under the stars on July 1st from 6-9PM for all
DIY Arizona Trail July 2nd and July 3rd
10% discount for anyone shopping at the Colossal Cave Gift Shop who presents a sales receipt between July 1st-4th from a Vail Connects Main Street business dated July 1st-4th.
At Charron Vineyards – Partner of A Colossal Fourth and Vail Connects Main Street.
10% off your purchase of bottled wine for residents with 85641 and 85747 zip codes
At Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market on July 2nd – A Vail Connects Main Street partner.
10% off your purchase with a receipt from another Vail Connects Main Street partner dated July 1st-4th.
Red, White & Blue – Show your colors! Dress in your patriotic best and compete for prizes.
WelcomeVail Preservation Society's: A COLOSSAL FOURTH
From Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4th A Colossal Fourth events will unfold from the Rincon Valley Farmers Market and Colossal Cave Mountain Park, south along Colossal Cave Road to Charron Vineyards in the beautiful Empire Mountains. Events include live music, star gazing, free petting zoo, family movie, Blessing of the Vines, Parents Night Out, History Tour, Legion 109 Patriotic Party, Tucson Speedway races and fireworks, local discounts, Prickly Pear Festival Block Party with Kid Zone, live music, and great food that will end with the Parade on July 4th.
A Colossal Fourth is a celebration of community and country along Vail’s Main Street Corridor. It is made possible by Vail Preservation Society, Christ Lutheran Vail, Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire, Cox Communications, Sunstate Lighting, Vail Self Storage, United Community Health Care, U of A Tech Park, Crest Insurance, Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce, Pyramid Credit Union, Bling By Design, Pizza Hut, and Butler Doors. We invite you to join these great sponsors!
We appreciate our Stars & Stripes ($5,000.) Sponsor – Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire | Christ Lutheran Vail | Vail Preservation Society http://www.ritaranchauto.com/wordpress/ http://www.christlutheranvail.org https://vailpreservationsociety.org
A Colossal Fourth’s four+ days of fun will showcase Vail and Carona special places and highlight local businesses like Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire, Vail Station merchants, Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Charron Vineyards. It will strengthen community identity and sense of place. The steering committee, made up of partners representing Vail’s business, faith and non-profit sectors are working tirelessly to ensure great experiences for you. With so many great things to do over the long weekend we encourage everyone who lives in the greater Vail and Corona de Tucson area to consider this the first of many future “Vail-cations”. Connect to community – stay local, experience local and buy local!
Be a part of A Colossal Fourth. Get creative and register an entry in the July 4th Parade! Need more info- or to register online go to www.acolossalfourth.org or email email@example.com.
What is Vail Connects? Vail Connects is a national and Arizona Main Street program certified by Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Does Vail have a Main Street? You bet-it is Colossal Cave Road. Originally called Vail Road until 2006, it was built in 1898 by the Helvetia Mining Company from the town of Helvetia in the Santa Rita Mountains to Vail Siding. Its purpose was to transport copper ore to the nearest rail head for shipment to Globe, Arizona for processing. Main Street is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the past 35 years the Main Street program has a proven track record of building stronger communities and economic opportunity. It works. Locally, Vail Connects programs maintain and establish local traditions that build a sense of place that embraces a creative, forward thinking future for Vail while honoring our heritage.