4th before NQID celebration on July 10 – Waterbury Roundabout
The Williston celebrations will take place on Friday July 2 and Saturday July 3. The parade will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. along Route 2 through the village of Johnson Farm to Old Stage Road. The Deb Beckett Memorial 5K run takes place at 5 p.m. and begins at Williston Community Park. On-site registration will be available on the day of the race from 4 p.m. The fireworks will also take place at the park on Saturday starting at 9:30 pm Parking is free and the best viewing is behind the Williston Central School.
The annual Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library book sale takes place at the library on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (depending on the weather). Bring a bag. The Williston Federated Church is hosting its Ice Cream Social as well as a city orchestra concert in the village square, Friday from 7 p.m.
More information online at town.williston.vt.us.
Burlington Parks and Recreation is hosting the July 3 Independence Day celebration in Burlington at Waterfront Park from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live music and food vendors starting at 5. Performances will include Sambatucada !, Pontoon, Francesca Blanchard. Mayor Miro Weinberger will unveil a COVID-19 memorial in Battery Park at 5 p.m. The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.
Parking is extremely limited near the waterfront. Free parking will be available at UVM’s Gutterson Field House with free shuttles from 5 pm to 11:30 pm. Parking at Perkins Pier will cost $ 10. Garages in town will charge $ 5 for the day. Local Motion will be arranging a valet parking service for bicycles from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Lake Street above Waterfront Park. Burlington Harbor will be closed to boat traffic at 8:30 p.m. All ships, including kayaks, will need a fire on the water after dusk.
Details on events, parking, etc. are online at btvjuly3.com.
Montpellier is not organizing its parade and its usual fireworks on July 3 this year. From Montpelier Alive: “Our friends at Shidaa Projects (a separate organization that you might recognize for their regular attendance at our July 3rd parade), were able to put on a smaller event on July 3rd. We know this is not the same as our regular celebration, but we hope you attend and enjoy it.
The non-profit group focused on sharing West African culture through dance, drumming and cultural education will host drummers, dancers and performers on July 3 on the Lawn of State House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lineup includes Stuart Paton and drummers from Burlington Taiko, Akwaaba Dance Ensemble from Manchester, NH, Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Theater from Burlington, Karl Miller and the Z-Jaz team from Montpellier; solo performers include Sara Grace and Jason Mallery from Montpellier. More information: montpelieralive.org.
Fourth of July at Old Stowe will feature a full day of festivities on the 4th, starting with food vendors in Stowe Village from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live music by Maple Run Band in Duke Square. village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main street is from noon to 1 p.m.
Evening concerts with Abby Sherman and The Way North and food vendors are at Mayo Events Fields. The car park opens at 6 p.m. Free entry. The fireworks will begin at nightfall, around 9:30 pm Rain date: Monday July 5th.
Spruce Peak has full-day activities on Saturdays and Sundays with live music, kids’ games, and activities starting both days at noon. Fireworks on Saturday evening. More information online at gostowe.com.
Also over the weekend, Stowe Cider offers live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the Joe Cirotti Trio, a string group from northwest New Jersey. They will perform daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $ 5 per group for lawn seating; $ 10 per group at the tables. More information: gostowe.com/events/2021-07-04/
Mad River Valley Rotary is hosting the Warren Parade and Festivities on July 4th on Main Street in Warren Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Heroes Among Us,” celebrating local essential workers.
Main Street closes at 8:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 10 a.m. A street dance follows around 11:15 a.m. with music from the porch of the Warren store by Bruce Sklar and his band Slarkestra. No activities this year at Brooks Field or prizes / friend badges. Free parking is available at Warren Elementary School. Fireworks at the Sugarbush Resort in Lincoln Peak at dusk. More information online at madrivervalley.com/4th.
Not quite Independence Day is Saturday July 10th. Usually held on the last Saturday in June and hosted by the Waterbury Rotary Club, the NQID is slated for later this year as organizers aimed to hold it when the state’s COVID-19 restrictions were to be lifted.
The celebration will take place in downtown Waterbury starting with a parade down Main Street at 4 p.m. from the State Office Complex to the railroad bridge near the roundabout. The theme for this year is “The Roaring Twenties”. Live music and food vendors will then be set up at Rusty Parker Memorial Park. Fireworks behind state offices at dusk (approximately 9:00 p.m.) are expected to be visible throughout the city center with parking available in the state parking lot.
More information is online, including tips on sprawl to maintain distance between family groups. See the Rotary Club website waterburyvtrotary.org/page/nqid and its Facebook page for details.