Out & About: Fourth of July 2019 events

  • People of all ages watch the tractors drive down Skunk Hollow Road in Hartland, Vt., as part of the annual Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Among those in the parade were Boy Scouts, a band, people dressed in Star Wars attire and classic cars. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Carol Lyman, of Hartland, Vt., throws a handful of candy to kids as she and her husband, David, drive their hot rod in Hartland's annual Fourth of July parade, in Hartland, Vt., on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Bob Williamson, of South Woodstock, Vt., participates in a group reading of Frederick Douglass' 1852 Independence Day speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro," on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Quechee. (Valley News - Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 6/19/2019 8:48:31 AM

From Fredrick Douglass readings to road races to fireworks displays, the Upper Valley always celebrates our nation’s birthday in a big way. Here are events that are taking place in the area. Email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.



Frederick Douglass readings

In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

Participatory readings of Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” are being held in several locations:

Sunday, June 30

6:30 p.m., Tunbridge Public Library, 289 Route 110, Tunbridge. 802-889-9404.

Tuesday, July 2

6:30-7:30 p.m., Norwich Congregational Church, 15 Church St., Norwich. 802-649-1433

Wednesday, July 3

10 a.m., Wells River Welcome Center, 5 Railroad St., Wells River. 802-262-2626.

11 a.m.-noon, Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St., Quechee. 802-295-1232.

Noon, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St., Lebanon. 603-570-8469.

6 p.m., Moody Park, 152 Maple Ave., Claremont. racialhealingworkinggroup@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 4

11 a.m., Norman Williams Public Library, 10 The Green, Woodstock. 802-457-2295

Noon, Kimball Public Library, 67 N. Main St., Randolph. 802-728-5073.

Friday, July 12

6 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5. 802-436-2473.


Wednesday, July 3

Independence Day celebrations in West Windsor


6-9 p.m.

Ascutney Mountain Resort, Route 44.


Food, music and an appearance by Cheryl the Clown. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 802-484-3200.

Also: Thursday, July 4

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Various locations, Brownsville village, Brownsville-Hartland Road.


The day starts with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 1 p.m. (theme: “Stepping Up and Pitching In”), music, food, crafts and games. Free.

Thursday, July 4


Fourth of July activities in Lebanon

9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Various locations around town.

Festivities begin with the Red, White & Blue 6.2, 5K & Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Entertainment during weekly Farmers Market (4-7 p.m.) features juggler Jason Tardy. Music performances at Colburn Park include The Flames at 5 p.m. and Haley Jane and the Primates at 7:30. The fireworks show at Storrs Hill Ski Area begins at 9:20 p.m. 603-448-5121.

Fourth of July celebration in Hanover

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hanover green, East Wheelock Street.

A parade at 10 a.m. will be followed by activities on the green from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Live music, food, games, pie-eating contest, pony ride, crafts, touch-a-truck and more. 603-643-5315.

Fourth of July/Old Home Day in Hartland

10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Hartland Recreation Center, 19 Route 12.

Parade starts at 10 a.m. Live music, vendors, a music trivia contest and more. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit hartlandrecreation.com for a schedule of events. 802-436-2790.


Orford-Fairlee Fourth of July Parade and Celebration in Fairlee

11 a.m.

Fairlee town common, Main Street.

Parade (theme: “100 Years of Ripley’s Believe it or Not”) starts at Rivendell Middle School in Orford at 11 a.m. and proceeds to Route 10 and across the bridge to Fairlee. Festivities include a flag raising, chicken barbecue with pie and ice cream available for purchase, parade awards ceremony, band concert and fireworks over Lake Morey at dusk. 802-333-4363.

Old Vermont Fourth of July in Woodstock

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road.

A patriotic family celebration featuring the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a historic debate, wagon rides, making 1890 flags, spelling bees, sack races, playing historic baseball and more. $4-$16. 802-457-2355

Old Home Day in Grantham

11 a.m.

Grantham Recreation Park, 19 Shedd Road.

Parade at 11 a.m. at Yankee Barn Road to Dunbar Hill. Activities include games, live music and fire department’s famed chicken barbecue. 603-863-6021.

Fourth of July parade and chicken barbecue in East Corinth


10 a.m.-2 p.m.

East Corinth village, Village Road.

Corinth, VT


A parade through the village of East Corinth (theme: “Life in the 1800s”) starts at 10 a.m. and ends at the fairgrounds. A barbecue takes place at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds, along with live music by The Burds Brothers, children’s activities, a silent auction and more. $7-$15 cost for barbecue. Hosted by East Corinth Congregational Church. 802-439-5417.


Fourth of July parade in Plainfield


11 a.m.-noon.

Plainfield Village, Route 12A.


This year’s parade celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Other events include an art show at Town Hall, a fire department barbecue, a yard sale at Blow-Me-Down Grange and Plainfield Historical Society displays. Free.

Strawberry shortcake will be served under the tent at Smith’s Auction Gallery field on Route 12A from after the parade until sold out. Cost: $5. Proceeds benefit Plainfield Community Church. 603-667-6907.

Patriotic singalong and pie sale in Enfield

11 a.m.

Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A

Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Mary Keane Chapel. Veterans and service members are invited to come in uniform. Homemade pies will be for sale. Donations to support the chapel accepted. 603-632-4346.

Fourth of July celebration in Plymouth, Vt.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 Route 100A

Celebrate American independence and the birth of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge. Includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a naturalization ceremony, debate competition, gravesite wreath laying and more. Visit Facebook: Calvin Coolidge Foundation for a schedule of events. 802-672-3389.

Hartford Fourth of July Celebration in Wilder

6 p.m.

Kilowatt South, 61 Passumpsic Ave.

Food, kids’ games and live music, followed by fireworks. 802-295-5036.

Fourth of July festivities in Woodstock

6 p.m.

Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amdsen Way.

Kids' games and activities, Touch-a-Truck, barbecue tent, ice cream, live music by alt-country band BorderStone and more. The celebration concludes with fireworks at dusk. Visit townofwoodstock.org for a schedule of events. 802-457-3456.


Fourth of July celebration in Claremont


6 p.m.

Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St.


Food, local vendors, street magic by Dylan Tenney and dance music by Last Kid Picked. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. $1 donation to support fireworks. Rain date is July 5. 603-542-7019.

Friday, July 5

Fourth of July celebration in Strafford

4-6:30 p.m.

Various locations

Annual Morrill Memorial & Harris Library book sale, Morrill Homestead guided tour and art reception, Strafford vs. South Strafford softball game at Varney Field. More events on July 6. 802-765-4411.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Concert and Fireworks in South Pomfret


Doors open 5:30 p.m., music starts 7:30

Suicide Six ski lodge, 247 Stage Road.



On summer tour, VSO performs works of Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Artie Shaw, Tchaikovsky and Sousa, among others. Fireworks follow the concert, during Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Rain site: Woodstock Union Middle and High School. Price: $5 for kids, $28 in advance and $35 at door for adults. Call 802-457-3981 or visit pentanglearts.org

Fourth of July fireworks in Canaan


Launched from the field behind the post office, Route 4

Parking at Williams Field, on the streets and in the parking lot by the Senior Center, and by the old Freight House at the end of Depot Street.

Saturday, July 6

4 for the 4th Race, Ride & Roam in Canaan

8 a.m.-noon.

Depot Park, Depot Street.



Run, walk or ride a bike on the Northern Rail Trail. Options include a 5K run, 3K walk, bike ride, kids’ fun run (10 and under) and a bike parade. Price: $5-$20. Hosted by Social-Summit Lodge No. 50 and Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation, Friends of Canaan Village and Canaan Recreation. Register at runsignup.com/Race/NH/Canaan/4onthe4th. 603-442-5408.

Vershire Day


10 a.m.

Vershire Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road.

Parade, bake sale, live music, live and silent auctions, barbecue and fireworks at dusk. Go to VerShare.org for a schedule of events. Free. 802-685-9982.

Fourth of July barbecue, auction and festivities in Strafford


8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Various locations

Village-to-Village road race, games and activities on the Common, Independence Day parade, Lions Club variety show, chicken barbecue, auction and T-shirt sales to support the Strafford Fire and Rescue department and more. 802-765-4411.

Independence Day celebration in Grafton

9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Grafton recreation field, Prescott Hill Road.

Flea market, food, raffles, library book sale and a pet show. Fireworks at dusk.  603-523-9902.

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