Upper Valley Fourth of July events 2022

  • Dan Gauvreau, of Springfield, right, gives Morgan Mae Smith, 5, of Weathersfield, a high five, while riding with the Shriners' Sinai Joe's Clown Unit in the West Windsor Independence Day parade in the village of Brownsville, Vt., on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Published: 6/22/2022 5:46:10 PM
Modified: 6/30/2022 12:27:01 PM

Brownsville: Dusk, July 3, Ascutney Outdoors, 449 Ski Tow Road.

Claremont: 9:30 p.m., July 4, Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St.

Fairlee/Orford: Dusk, July 4, Lake Morey.

Hartford/Wilder: Between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m., July 4, Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave.

Grafton: Dusk, July 9, Grafton Recreation Field, Prescott Hill Road.

Hartland: 9 p.m., July 4, Hartland Recreation Center, 9 Route 12.

Lebanon: Around 9:20 p.m., July 4, Storrs Hill Ski Area, 60 Spring St.

Randolph: Dusk, July 3, Farr’s Hill, Elm Street.

Sunapee: Dusk, July 2, Sunapee Harbor.

Vershire: Dusk, July 2, Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road.

Woodstock: Dusk, July 4, Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way.

Woodsville/Wells River: 10 p.m., July 4, Woodsville Community Field.

Celebrations by town


Sunday, July 3,
and Monday, July 4

Sunday: Live music begins at 6 p.m. at Ascutney Outdoors, 449 Ski Tow Road. Food available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk.

Monday: Activities take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Brownsville-Hartland Road. Buffet breakfast at Brownsville Community Church, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Vendors at Town Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Bouncy House at Brownsville Community Church, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food available for purchase around lunchtime. Brownsville Independence Day Grand Parade, with theme of “Our Hills are Alive!” at 1:30 p.m. More information: 802-484-3200.


Monday, July 4

Festivities take place beginning at 6 p.m. at Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St. Live music by Jester Jigs, 50/50 raffle and food available for purchase. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.


Monday, July 4

“Made in Vermont” parade, 10 a.m. Route starts at Village Road and ends at Fairgrounds; Barbecue including half-chicken mostaccioli, coleslaw, roll and butter, dessert and beverage for $15 at 11 a.m. Includes silent auction, live music and activities for children.


Saturday, July 9

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. at Grafton Recreation Field on Prescott Hill Road. Includes flea market, crafts, parade, food and live music. Fireworks at dusk. 603-523-9902.


Monday, July 4

Fourth of July Pie Sale & Concert: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A. Stop in to buy a homemade pie starting at 11 a.m. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the free concert by the Grace Crummer Quartet starting at noon. Hand pies available during the show. 603-632-4346


Saturday, July 2

Mascoma Lake Boat Parade: 3 p.m. Boats should gather near the rail trail/rope swing in the north end and follow to keep pace with the lead boats. Route goes counter-clockwise around the north end, through the bridge, and then clockwise around the south end. Festive decorations and costumes encouraged. All types of boats welcome. Rain date: Sunday, July 3. Mascomalakeassociation.org.


Monday, July 4

Parade with theme of “Celebrate America” starts at 11 a.m. on Route 25A in Orford, then travels along Route 10 across the bridge to Route 5 in Fairlee and ends at the field south of Wing’s Market.

Drive-thru and takeout-only chicken barbecue on the Town Common and pie and ice cream at the Fairlee Community Church, noon. Food trucks and cold drinks at Chapman’s Place, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Michael Hahn Trio Band perform at Chapman’s Place, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fireworks over Lake Morey at dusk.


Monday, July 4

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., R.W. Black Community Center, 48 Lebanon St. Parade starts at 10 a.m. from Hovey Lane. Activities on the Dartmouth Green, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music, games, pie eating contest, food, pony rides, entertainment, crafts and touch-a-truck. 603-643-5315.


Saturday, July 2
and Monday, July 4

Saturday: Frederick Douglass Community Reading:, 11.a.m. Quechee Green gazebo, 70 Village Green. Join or listen to a public reading of of Douglass’ 1852 speech, “What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?” Co-sponsored by the Quechee Public Library and the Quechee Club’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

Monday: Gates open at 6 p.m. at Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave., Wilder. Limited parking available. Includes food vendors, performance by Pirate Man Dan and live music from The Conniption Fits. Fireworks start between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m. hartford-vt.org.


Monday, July 4

Old Home Day and Fourth of July celebration: Events center around Hartland Recreation Center, 19 Route 12. Tractor pull, 8 a.m. Book sale at the Hartland Public Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade, 10 a.m., followed by vendors and live music. The Moonlighters Big Band perform at 7p.m. Fireworks, 9 p.m. hartlandvt.myrec.com.


Monday, July 4

Red, White & Blue 6.2 & Fun Run: 5K and 10K races along Rail Trail and Mill Road, 8:30 a.m. $10-$25. Register: lebanonnh.gov/825/Information.

Frederick Douglass Community Reading: 11 a.m., Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Come and listen or join in the public reading Frederick Douglass’ powerful 1852 speech, in which he asked “What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?” Sign up at event to read one of the speech’s 54 paragraphs. Rain location: First Congregational Church. 603-653-5382.

The Flames perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Colburn Park. Fireworks at Storrs Hill begin around 9:20 p.m. lebanonnh.gov/1063/July-4th-Celebrations.


Sunday, July 3

Frederick Douglass Community Reading: 4 p.m., Norwich Congregational Church, 15 Church St. Read a section of Douglass’ speech “What, To the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?” or come to listen. Cohosted by Norwich Public Library.


Monday, July 4

Pancake breakfast in the basement at Plainfield Community Church, 7 to 9 a.m. Strawberry shortcake available outside church from 10 a.m. until sold out.

Parade with the theme “From Sea To Shining Sea” begins at 11 a.m. in Plainfield Village along Route 12A. Fireman’s barbecue outside Smith’s Auction House and performance by Oxford & America’s Most Wanted follows parade.

Silent Cake Auction at the Historical Society building, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Top Gun” screening outdoors at Cory Taber Field at dusk.

Art show at Plainfield Town Hall: Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, July 3, noon to 5 p.m., and Monday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information: plainfieldnh.org.


Sunday, July 3,
and Monday, July 4

Sunday: Fireworks at dusk at Farr’s Hill, off Elm Street. Limited parking onsite by donation beginning at 4 p.m.

Monday: Parade, with theme of “Energy!!!” begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street and ends at Town Recreation Field, 25 School St. Post Parade Festival includes live music, dance performances, magic show, face painting and bouncy houses. Food available for purchase. Shuttle available from Randolph Union High School to festival until 3 p.m. 802-728-9027.


Saturday, July 2

Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around the Common, 10 Brook Road. Includes book sale and parade in the morning, games midday and the annual Fireman's Barbecue at 5 p.m. The barbecue costs $12. Most activities free; some cost money. 802-765-4647.


Saturday, July 2

Activities take place around Main Street. Independence Day parade with theme of “Rec, White and Blue,” noon- 1 p.m. Watch parade along Central and Main Street. Hot dog eating contest, 1 p.m. Friday Night Therpay performs at Gazebo from 2-5 p.m. Fireworks over Sunapee Harbor at dusk. 603-843-7613.


Monday, July 4

Fourth of July on the farm: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. $8-$17, children under 4 free. Includes lawn games, crafts for the kids, youth and adult spelling bees, historic “base ball,” live music and food available for purchase. Visitors of all ages can join the team or cheer from the bleachers. billingsfarm.org.

Crafts, games, touch-a-truck, cookout and ice cream beginning at 6 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way. BoarderStone Band perform from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. The Ora E. Paul American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 220 will perform a flag ceremony at 8 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. townofwoodstock.org.


Monday, July 4

Parade with the theme “Sights and Sounds of the US” begins at 11 a.m. at Woodsville Elementary School and Montebello Street and travels along Route 302/Central Street before crossing Veterans Memorial Bridge to Wells River, where it ends.

Activities at Woodsville Community field include: flea market, 9 a.m.; bounce houses, water slides and other amusements at 12:30 p.m.; live music, bingo tent, dunk tank and food vendors. Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Wells River, but the best place to view them is from the Community Field in Woodsville. wwr4th.org.


Saturday, July 2

Activities take place around Vershire Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road. Decorate bikes, scooters and strollers at Vershire Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in preparation for parade at 2 p.m., which begins at Vershire Post Office. Chicken barbecue and live music by Samantha Moffatt & Kerry DeWolfe, 3 to 6 p.m. Energy Efficiency Fair, 3 p.m. Field Day Fun competition, 4 p.m. Wiffle Ball Games, 5 p.m. Pizza from the wood-fired oven and live music by fiddler Emerson Gale and keyboardist Sue Hunt, 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

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