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After pandemic pause, Vermont 4th of July festivities return with a bang

Twin brothers David and Jacob Amidon unpack flags donated by their local Veterans of Foreign Wars post for Monday’s “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” celebration. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger

Updated July 2, at 8:14 p.m.

Since 1949, the 869 residents of the southeastern Vermont town of Wardsboro could boast about what they believed to be the oldest continuous annual Independence Day celebration in the state.

Then came the recent pandemic pause.

“The last couple of years have been quite the adventure, to say the least,” organizers say on their website. “We’re ready to get back to a little bit of tradition.”

That’s why the Windham County town is set to join the rest of the Green Mountain State in waving the red, white and blue this Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Vermont’s biggest city, Burlington, is scheduled to host the state’s largest fireworks show over Lake Champlain at dusk on Sunday, July 3, to cap a day of festivities at Waterfront Park.

The state capital, Montpelier, will welcome back its own annual July 3 celebration — an event that draws up to 15,000 people to the Statehouse lawn — with food trucks and family activities starting Sunday at 2 p.m., a 1-mile road race and parade at 6 p.m., and fireworks at dark.

Among other Vermont communities promoting events online:

Barton is set to gather at the Orleans County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 2, for a tractor pull at 9 a.m. and Sunday, July 3, for a horse pull at 10 a.m.

Bennington’s program on Monday, July 4, will begin with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon at the Bennington Battle Monument and end with fireworks at Willow Park at 9:30 p.m.

Brandon’s 45th annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2, will include a downtown parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Brattleboro’s “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” observance on Monday, July 4, will feature a 10 a.m. parade downtown, and an afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Bristol’s celebration will begin Sunday, July 3, and include fireworks at dusk and continue Monday, July 4, with an outhouse race at 9 a.m. and parade at 10:30 a.m.

Brownington's Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village will host a complimentary viewing of its latest exhibit, "In a Different Hue: Race & Representation," with free ice cream, cheese and games for children on Sunday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brownsville will feature fireworks at Ascutney Outdoors on Sunday, July 3, at dusk and a parade Monday, July 4, at 1:30 p.m.

Cabot is advertising fireworks over Joe’s Pond on Sunday, July 3, at dusk and a parade on Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m.

Colchester’s observance on Monday, July 4, will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. and end with fireworks at dusk.

Corinth’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 10 a.m. leading to live music and a chicken dinner at the local fairgrounds.

Derby’s parade is scheduled for Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

Essex Junction’s program on Monday, July 4, will feature food and live music at the Champlain Valley Exposition at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Fairlee’s shared celebration with neighboring Orford, New Hampshire, on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Greensboro’s “Funky Fourth” on Saturday, July 2, will feature a parade and community picnic at 10 a.m.

Hartford’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will include fireworks at dusk at Kilowatt Park in South Wilder.

Hartland’s Old Home Day on Monday, July 4, will range from a tractor pull at 8 a.m. to a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Hinesburg’s program on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Island Pond’s event on Saturday, July 2, will offer a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Jeffersonville’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at Smugglers’ Notch Resort at dusk.

Killington’s event on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Ludlow’s fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Milton’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. and end with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Mount Snow’s fireworks are set for Sunday, July 3, at dusk.

Newport’s fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m.

Peacham’s “July 4th Gala” on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 11 a.m. and festivities until 5 p.m.

Poultney’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Randolph will offer fireworks Sunday, July 3, at dusk and a parade and festival Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

Richmond will mark Monday, July 4, with a parade at 10:30 a.m. and an afternoon of events leading up to fireworks at dusk.

Rutland Town’s fireworks on Sunday, July 3, will launch from Northwood Park at dusk.

Saxtons River’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 10 a.m. and a concert from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the recreation center.

Stowe’s “Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Strafford’s program on Saturday, July 2, will offer a parade at 11:30 a.m. and the town volunteer fire department’s annual chicken dinner at 5 p.m.

Stratton Mountain’s Fourth of July weekend will include fireworks on Sunday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

Sugarbush’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will feature an afternoon and evening of live music leading to fireworks at 9 p.m.

Vershire’s program on Saturday, July 2, will include a parade at 2 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Warren’s “73rd-almost-consecutive-year” event on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 10 a.m.

Williston’s program on Monday, July 4, will include a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

Woodstock’s observance on Monday, July 4, will begin with festivities at 6 p.m. and end with fireworks at dusk.

And Woodsville and Wells River’s celebration on Monday, July 4, will feature a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.


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