Vermont July 4th Celebrations in 2021
July 01, 2016
Vermont July 4th celebrations range from funky parades to outdoor concerts to festivities on Main Street and the town green. If you’re planning on being in Vermont on Independence Day, here are some of the best places to celebrate. While most Vermont July 4th celebrations were canceled in 2020, many are returning this year.
Vermont July 4th Festivities & Fireworks (updated for 2021)
The town of Stowe hosts a celebration on July 4, 2021 with a parade and live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Village Green with local talent the Maple Run Band. Fireworks can be enjoyed at The Mayo Farm at dusk. For more information, visit www.gostowe.com.
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert at the Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion on July 4, 2021 at 3 p.m.. Experience a rich American patchwork quilt of colors, textures, and sounds as the VSO’s Woodwind Quartet takes the audience on a journey through 120 years of American music. For more information, visit www.vso.org.
Celebrate Independence Day in Strafford with a parade at 11 a.m. on July 3, 2021, followed by an afternoon of games, events, and snacks on the Common. The Justin Morrill State Historic Site will offer guided tours. The Fabulous Frog Jumping Contest and Happiest Hopper Contest start at noon, and a chicken dinner is served at 5 p.m.
An old-fashioned celebration in Jeffersonville starts with a festive parade on July 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is Super Heroes, and the parade’s grand marshals will include teachers, nurses, and frontline workers (there may also be Wonder Woman and Spiderman sightings!) At 5 p.m., head up to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for a barbecue, music, and fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit www.smuggs.com.
Warren in the Mad River Valley draws a big crowd on July 4. The annual Warren Fourth of July Parade is one of the most legendary Vermont July 4th celebrations in the state. In addition to the classic cars, lively performers, and creative floats, the Warren parade always includes a healthy dose of political satire, addressing everything from climate change to elections to health care. The 2021 parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street. After the parade winds down, Bruce Sklar and his Slarkestra warm up on the porch of The Warren Store and the street dance begins. For more information, visit www.madrivervalley.com/4th.
Brandon’s biggest summer event returns on July 3, 2021 with a full-day of celebrations, starting with a parade at 10 a.m. along Park Street and Route 7. After the parade, enjoy music, games, vendors and music at multiple locations, including Central Park and the Brandon Inn. The annual Street Dance starts at 5 p.m. and fireworks from the new Mill Lane location at dusk. For more information, visit brandon.org.
The fun starts with a boat parade on scenic Lake St. Catherine on July 3, 2021 at 1 p.m., and a parade on July 4 will be at 11 a.m. at the East Poultney Green. Enjoy family entertainment from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A DJ will play music at Poultney Elementary School while people wait for the fireworks display at dusk. For more information, visit www.poultneyareachamber.com.
Bristol has one of the most family-friendly July 4th celebrations around. This year, after initially cancelling all festivities, the town has decided to move forward with fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 2, 2021 at the Bristol Rec Fields. For more information, visit www.bristol4th.com.
Hartland’s Old Home Day returns on July 4, 2021 with a tractor pull at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy food and music in the gazebo area behind the town recreation center, and watch the fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit www.facebook.com.
Burlington’s July 3 Independence Day celebration is back for 2021. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 5 p.m. July 3, 2021 at the city’s Waterfront Park, beginning with a ceremony to honor those affected by Covid-19 and to celebrate the resilience of the Burlington community. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.btvjuly3.com.