The Perfect Fourth of July in Vermont!
Come celebrate this country’s independence in the historic Green Mountain State. Vermonters know how to party when it comes to the Fourth of July, so this holiday make plans to join in on the state’s festivities! From horse shows to classic firework displays, here are 10 events to help you have the perfect Fourth of July in Vermont!
By all accounts, Milton’s Independence Day celebrations are epic. Sponsored by the Milton Firefighter's Association, the festivities start at 11 a.m. with the annual parade which runs until a little after noon. Then, at 5:30 p.m. there will be live music performances and a DJ at the Milton Fire Station. And what is a celebration without an official chicken barbecue at 6 p.m.?
Along scenic VT Route 100 sits the tiny town of Wardsboro, which hosts Southern Vermont’s self-proclaimed oldest Independence Day celebration. The day’s festivities begin with a street fair featuring over 50 vendors at 9 a.m., and the parade follows at 10 a.m. Other activities include a duck race, face painting, quilt show, fishing derby, and more.
For the 69th consecutive year, the streets of Warren will close at 8:30 a.m., sharp. The town and surrounding area will quiver with anticipation and people will scurry around doing this and that, while the free shuttles zip about hurriedly. Food vendors will line the streets, including local organic food providers like American Flatbread, Skinny Pancake, SamosaMan, and the Yak Cart. Cornerstone Pub will also host a beer and wine garden at Brooks Field.
The Orleans County Fair Association celebrates 150 years “of bringing agriculture and family together” this year with a full slate of Fourth of July events. Experience a small-town New England celebration, featuring an antique and farm stock tractor pull at 9 a.m. Concurrently, there will be an ATV/garden tractor pull, and the horse & pony pull follows at 10 a.m. And fireworks are at dusk.
The fun kicks off at 3 p.m. on July 3 when the Family Olympics—featuring a game involving an eight-foot-tall beach ball—take place on the State House Lawn. Then the Montpelier Mile Road Race takes off at 6 p.m. and triggers the parade. Parade participants can choose to compete by creating patriotic floats, costumes, decorations, and banners.
A traditional July 4 celebration starts with a parade at 10 a.m. and is followed by a carnival with games and vendors. Then, at 5 p.m., the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort hosts a Firemen's Barbecue on the Green. The Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band will play patriotic tunes starting at 8 pm, and at dusk, you can observe an explosion of fireworks against the backdrop of the Green Mountains.
Celebrate the Billings Farm & Museum's Independence Day Event from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., featuring traditional patriotic music, flag-making (the one with 43 stars), hand-cranked ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, stump speeches, and a good old-fashioned historical debate. The reading of the Declaration of Independence will occur at noon.
The Coolidge Celebration is selected as a “Top 10 2017 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The nation’s birth and Coolidge’s birth happened to be on the same day, so come help celebrate both with festivities such as a Naturalization Ceremony –the induction of 20 new U.S. citizens—at 10 am, and a National Guard-led march to the Coolidge Grave.
Horse racing in the country dates back to 1665, so what is more American on Independence Day than to watch these magnificent creatures compete in New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition? This six-week circuit runs from July 4-August 13 and culminates with $10,000 in prizes. Walk the stalls and talk to the competitors (and horses) if you like.
Post-Independence-Day blues got you down? Experience the 30th anniversary of this award-winning traveling youth circus on July 5. Children ages 12-18 are the stars and featured in aerial acts, clowning, juggling and more. Featured on the Disney Channel, the Circus was also called “exuberant” by the New York Times. The theme is “Midnight at the Museum” your journey begins in the hallowed halls of a magical museum featuring “flying pharaohs, courageous clowns, and wily wire-walkers.” There are even rumors of a dinosaur, so watch your step.