A Colossal Fourth 2021 has been canceled

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Check out the schedule of events for the whole weekend!
Bring the whole family to enjoy the 1st annual Vail Parade.
The Block Party will be held at Rancho del Lago Golf Course a proud partner of A Colossal Fourth.
A Colossal Fourth Vail-cation means local Value when you stay local, experience local, and shop local!

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 29

  • Exploring the Park: Colossal Cave Mountain Park 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Ranch Petting Zoo, CCC Museum open, wagon rides $5.00 all of 6/29 & 6/30
  • Special Samplings: Rincon Valley Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. –12:00 noon
    Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
    Rockin’ Star Stables Petting Zoo at the Farmers & Artisans Market!
    Extra fun for kids with special prices on the Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
  • 2nd Annual Corvette and Door Slammers Car Club Shows: Hacienda del Lago 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Food & drink specials and music inside

Sunday, June 30

  • Wine-tasting & Vine Blessing: Charron Vineyards
    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Traditional blessing of the vines, live music by Janice Deardorf

Monday, July 1

  • Dar Skies Star-gazing: Christ Lutheran Vail Church 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

  • The World’s Only Prickly Pear Block Party & Fireworks Show: Hacienda del Lago

Block Party 5:00-9:00 p.m.


Fireworks 8:30-9:00 p.m.


  • FREE PARKING at Cienega H.S. & Ocotillo Ridge: FREE shuttle busses to & from Block Party, starting at 4:30 p.m
  • Kids Fun Zone: Jumping Castles, Water Slides, Climbing Wall Fee: $5.00 per child,

 $10.00 per family. Free to Military, past & present, courtesy of Lytle Electric, LLC

  • Vendor Booths
  • Great Food from Hacienda del Lago & our Food Trucks!

Thursday, July 4

  •  Birding Walk: Colossal Cave Mountain Park 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • A Colossal Fourth PARADE with SPLASH ZONE 8:00-10:00 a.m. Between Christ Lutheran Vail and del Lago Golf Club

**Splash Zone is on the north side of the Parade route, be ready to get WET!

NOTE: Colossal Cave Road will be CLOSED from 7:45 -10:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 6

  • Patriotic Celebration: American Legion Post #109 Noon – 5:00 p.m. FREE burgers, hot dogs, jumping castle, water slide 7:99 p.m. Music and Dancing!

Special Promotions

  • Charron Vineyards 10% off bottles 6/29-6/30
  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    10% off in gift shop w/$20. Purchase, 6/28-7/4, mention this offer

    Ha:san Bak Saguaro Harvest Festival, 6/29, 5:00 a.m. till the syrup is made:
    wonderful cultural opportunity! $60. Per person, $100. For 2: reservations
    required: (520) 647-7275

  • Montgomery’s Saloon & Grill: Try a Prickly Pear Margarita! 


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

  • Watch the parade – Park along the Parade Route before 7:45AM.
  • 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.
  • 8:00AM 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.

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! 

Block Party
Wednesday, 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 blanket to sit on, no chairs please as they damage the green.

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.

5:00 PM Exhibitor Booths Open
Christ Lutheran Vail  & Lytle Electric Fun Zone 
Great Food Music
8:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Fireworks – This may very depending upon weather


To manually register, please fill out the correct form and mail to the address listed on it.

Sponsorship Form

Parade Entry Form

Booth Vendor Application

Event Flyer

Local Discounts

Coming Soon!


Vail Preservation Society's: A COLOSSAL FOURTH

A Colossal Fourth’s four+ days of fun will showcase Vail’s 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 a “Vail-cation”. Connect to community – stay local, experience local and buy local!

From Saturday, June 29th 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 Taste of the Market, DoorSlammers and Corvette Club Car Show, star gazing, petting zoo, Vine Blessing & Wine Tasting, Prickly Pear Margarita’s, Prickly Pear Festival Block Party with expanded Kid Zone, Fireworks, 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, and Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire. 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

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  or email for more information.

What is Vail Connects? Vail Connects is an Arizona Main Street program certified by Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Office. 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.

Be a part of A Colossal Fourth. Get creative and register an entry in the July 4th Parade!    

Check out the Schedule of Events and A Colossal Fourth Partners

Buy a Burst!

Help us Celebrate the best of Vail by honoring your special somebody with a burst!
For $10 you can purchase a burst and during A Colossal Fourth’s Fireworks show, your individual shell will be shot up into the air where it will burst in honor of that special person!
Help support A Colossal Fourth by purchasing that special burst today, and every burst purchased for a service member will be shot up during the Grand Finale.
To purchase a burst, click on the link below and we look forward to honoring your loved one as we celebrate the Fourth of July!
Thank you for your support!
A Colossal Fourth Team


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