Independence Day Celebrations
Bennington’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on Monday, July 4 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Willow Park. Come enjoy food and craft vendors, children’s activities – including a bouncy house – and live performances by the Crossover Cloggers from 4 to 5 p.m. and Buddy Madison from 5 to 9:30, when the fireworks are scheduled to begin.
Brandon observes Independence Day on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, with a variety of free activities and events. A Silent Auction at Fellowship Hall next to the Congregational Church, across from Central Park opens from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and again Saturday, from 9 a.m to 12 noon. A Street Dance at 6 on Friday will feature a DJ, food and a 50/50 raffle. Saturday’s parade starts at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Park, High and Marble Streets. The Keating Five takes over the gazebo in Central Park, immediately following to perform an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, ska, funk and blues. The yearly Ball Race over the falls at Green Park takes place at 3:30 after the concert. Fireworks are at dusk.
Castleton celebrates on Monday, July 4. Start with breakfast at the American Legion on Route 4A from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.There will be a Farmers’ Market held all morning on Main Street. The parade begins at 10 a.m., ending at Castleton University.
Independence Day comes early in Granville, N.Y., starting with a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. in Veterans’ Memorial Park on Thursday, June 30, with the band Grand Central Station. There will also be a Strawberry Social and Chicken Barbecue accompanied by several local vendors offering their wares. A fireworks display with music will be held on the lower part of the Little League field at North Quaker and Glen Streets beginning at dusk.
The Greenwich Elks are hosting a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, July 2, at the Eks Lodge located at 130 Bulson Road in Greenwich, N.Y. Admission is free. Softball league games start at 8 a.m. that day. Bring a blanket or a chair, but leave your coolers at home. Concessions will be available to purchase; a chicken barbecue starts at 5 p.m.
The East Hebron Presbyterian Church will be presenting their annual Fourth of July Community Sing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. An Ice Cream Social kicks off the event at 6. Patriotic songs will be sung throughout the evening, as well as a piano duet of armed forces songs by sisters Debi Craig and Dorothea Casey and The United Church Ringers, who will be performing several new pieces and an audience favorite, Grand Old Yankee Doodle Extravaganza. Free-will offerings are requested, with proceeds to go to the Guardian House, a homeless shelter for female veterans in Ballston Spa, and Operation Adopt-a-Soldier, which sends care packages to service men and women. For more information, call Debi Craig at 518-854-3102.
Lake St. Catherine
The Lake Saint Catherine Association’s fourth annual Boat Parade will begin with a gathering of participating boats in Forest House Bay at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Everyone is invited to join the parade or cheer from the shore. Prizes will be given to the winning boats in four categories; judges will review the passing boats from three different reviewing areas. Email Lila Burgner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 802-884-8173 to participate or for more information.
Londonderry’s locally famous fireworks display will take place on Friday, July 1, at 9:30 p.m. at the Magic Mountain ski area. A parade on Saturday, July 2, starts at 11 a.m. Call Susie Wyman at 802-824-3537 if you are interested in participating.
Independence Day will be celebrated at Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park in Manchester on Sunday, July 3. The swimming pool will be open to the public free of charge from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with pool activities and games for kids. Food will be available all day at the Park’s new concession stand. Music will be provided by the band Misty Blues. The day ends with a fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. Call 802-362-1439 to learn more.
Mount Holly celebrates on Monday, July 4, with a parade starting at 11 a.m., followed by a chicken barbecue at Oddfellows Hall on Lake Street.
The annual Independence Day celebration at Lake Paran will be held on Sunday, July 3. There will be food, music from Passin’ Thru and a great family friendly time starting at 5 p.m. The new Lake House will be open. Two meal plans will be available, priced from $5 to $6, or bring your own picnic. Admission to the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. is $5. For details, call 802-688-6270.
Okemo throws its Great American Party on Saturday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jackson Gore courtyard, which will be transformed into a backyard barbecue with live music, games, a hot-dog-eating contest, food, bouncy houses and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission is free. Call 802-228-1600 for further information.
The theme for this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Pittsfield is ‘Music and Dance Through the Years,’ to honor summer music and dance venues in the Berkshires. The event will take place on Monday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. For details, visit pittsfieldparade.com.
Plenty of festivities are to be had in Poultney on Sunday, July 3. There will be a Strawberry Festival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Poultney Elementary School, accompanied by magician Tom Joyce at 10 a.m. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children. July 4 at 10 a.m., the town’s annual parade will progress from the East Poultney Green through downtown. Come to the Elementary School for more fun. The No Strings Marionette Company perform at 6 p.m.; the Town Band performs a concert of audience favorites at 6:30; and a dance party with DJ John Saltis starts at 8:30 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 9:30. On Monday, July 4, the Martin Devlin Fun Run starts at Green Mountain College at 8 a.m.; registration begins at 7.
The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. The area’s biggest and best fireworks display is held at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on Route 7.
Holiday events held by the Salem, N.Y., Volunteer Fire Department will take place from July 2 to 4. A three-night carnival will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and as soon as the parade ends on Monday, July 4. The theme for this year’s parade, starting at 5 p.m. on North Main Street, is ‘Redneck Engineering.’ Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Call 518-321-9430 for information. All are invited to stop by the firehouse on Main Street over the weekend for food, games for kids or adults, raffles and the cake booth.
Fireworks at Stratton Mountain are set to go off at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. A variety of fun activities are slated for earlier in the day, including hay rides, games, fun races, live music, and hot dog and pie eating contests. For a full list of events, visit stratton.com.
Celebrate our nation’s independence in Williamstown, Mass. Williamstown Theatre Festival actors will read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at 10 a.m. at the Williams College Museum of Art; you can also view the College’s Founding Documents collection. A classic small-town parade kicks off on Spring Street at 11 a.m. June Moon performs live music at 4 p.m. Visit wtfestival.org to learn more.