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Celebrating Independence Day in Vermont

I love hometown parades and fireworks, so Vermont is right place to be to celebrate the 4th of July. Here are some of the happenings around the state. I live in Randolph, so will probably just walk a mile to Main Street to enjoy the festivities. The local fireworks are in a field across the the road from my house, so we just sit in our own backyard for the best seat in the house.

The 4th of July parade in Randolph is a traditional small town parade that’s the pride of Randolph. Starts at 10 AM. Get there early with a lawn chair and set up on the sidewalk. It’s followed by music, food and games. http://www.randolph-chamber.com

Watching fireworks from the Statehouse Lawn in Montpelier is always special. July 3, the party starts at 6:00 pm downtown with music (nice block party street dances), food, and a parade. Fireworks at 9:30. Free. http://www.mdca.org/montpelier_independence_day_celebration

VT Symphony Orchestra plays a varied program and concludes with fireworks to the 1812 Overture.
July 3, Grafton Ponds (Route 35, Townshend $25) or July 4th at Shelburne Farms (Route 7, Shelburne $32) or July 5th at the Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow (Stowe, $30). http://www.vso.org/

4th of July Fireworks Extravagnza at the VT State Fairgrounds, Rutland. http://www.rutlandvermont.com/images/fireworks09.pdf

An Old Vermont 4th, at the Billings Farm Museum in Woodstock, 10 AM – 5 PM.
“Traditional music, flag-making, hand cranked ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic speeches and debates, and more! ” There’s an admissions fee.
Then head to the Woodstock Union High School for the town carnival and fireworks display. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic or buy vendor food (no alcohol allowed). Fire spinners, bands, kids games lead up to fireworks at dusk. There’s a fee. http://www.woodstockvt.com/

For something completely different, head to Montreal’s International Jazz Festival. Great music in a great city (need I mention the great food and drink?). Their definition of jazz is pretty loose. 350 free outdoor shows on multiple stages. Tonight: Stevie Wonder, yes, free. (There’s pricy inside concerts as well.)
June 30-July 12 Montreal is 3 hours from SoRo if all goes well at the border. Bring your passport. http://www.montrealjazzfest.com

On July 3rd, Burlington has a free concert in Battery Park.
Starts at 6:30 pm with 2 great bands: The Horseflies from Ithaca (“post folk art rock”) and The Lost Fingers (Gypsy jazz from Quebec). Then fireworks over Lake Champlain at 9:30. http://www.celebratechamplain.org

Enjoy !!

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