Independence Day celebrations

Fireworks from the Independence Day celebrations in Barton in 2011.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Fireworks from the Independence Day celebrations in Barton in 2011. Photo by Joseph Gresser


The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Main Street on Saturday, July 4, with a theme of “Seventieth anniversary end to World War II.” The parade route ends at the fairgrounds, where awards will be given in front of the grandstands around 3 p.m.

Fireworks will be at the fairgrounds at dusk, with no cost to enter after 4 p.m.

Roaring Brook Park

Activities will be held on Saturday, July 4, all day at Roaring Brook Park, home of the Orleans County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 a.m., admission is $7; kids under ten are free. Parking is free. The day’s events include an antique and farm stock tractor pull beginning at 9 a.m., a gymkhana horse show at noon, a horse and pony pull at 10 a.m., a horseshoe tournament at 10 a.m., a professional lumberjack roundup at 10 a.m., and the Walbridge family lawn mower and ATV pull at 10 a.m.

There will also be a $2 bounce house for kids, slides from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., face-painting, ice cream, a chicken barbecue, food booths, and more.

Fireworks by the Barton Fire Department will be at dusk. Free admission to the fairgrounds after 4 p.m.


The Harry Corrow Freedom Run begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, on the bike path in the pines of Prouty Beach. Walkers are welcome. Course choices are a ten-mile, 10K, 5K, or one-mile fun run. Ten percent of all registration fees will go to the Gardner Park Restoration Project and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation. The fee for adults doing a course of ten miles or more is $50; fewer than ten miles is $35. Youth are 50 percent off. Register at Light lunch to follow.

Events at Gardner Memorial Park begin at 3 p.m. with music by the Session Guys. The annual bed races begin at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in registering should contact Andy Cappello of Newport Parks and Recreation at 334-6345.

The Hitmen will play at 7 p.m. The international hula hoop competition begins at 8 p.m. People should bring their own hula hoops. The band Soul Kingdom will play at 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks will fly at 9:45 p.m.

There will be all kinds of food vendors at the park throughout the day, and kayaks will be available to rent at the park from 3 p.m. until dusk.


Fireworks will be at dusk on Friday, July 3, let off on Lake Shore Road, near the ballfield.

The parade is on Saturday, July 4. The lineup starts at around 9:15 a.m., with lineup both at the new fire station and on Lake Shore Road. Anyone is welcome to participate and should just show up. The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m., and ends at the town green where there will be a band, children’s activities, and games.

Also at the town green on July 4, under the tent, there will be a square dance, sponsored by the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, from 7 to 9 p.m. The caller will be Robin Russell, with music by Pete’s Posse. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. There will also be ice cream, hot dogs, and more.

The Greensboro United Church of Christ will hold its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations can be made ahead of time. The price remains the same at $10 for a generous plate of barbecue chicken, vinaigrette coleslaw, a roll, beverage, and dessert. Proceeds from this event benefit the work of the church. The barbecue starts immediately after the parade behind the church. Reservations are accepted by e-mail at Reservations are not considered confirmed unless an e-mail confirmation is sent. Reservations may also be made by calling 533-2223. There are a limited number of meals, so reservations are recommended.

Also, the Greensboro Free Library will hold its annual book sale on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The annual pancake breakfast at the Westmore Fellowship Hall is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. The menu includes homemade pancakes, Vermont fancy maple syrup, scrambled eggs, ham, and coffee and juice. Donations of $8 for adults, and less for children, according to age, go to the Westmore Community Church Youth Camp Scholarship Fund.

The sixteenth annual Willoughby Boat Parade will be on Saturday, July 4, with “Cartoons on Parade” as the theme. Participants should decorate their boat, canoe, or kayak depicting their favorite Vermont moment. The first-place winners will receive a trophy and $50. The second- and third-place winners get trophies. To be eligible for a prize, boats must be at the starting point by 3:30 p.m. to register and receive a number used by the judges for identification. To pre-register, or for more information, call 673-2043, or e-mail Boats entered in the parade will meet off Crescent Beach, on the west side of the lake, at 3:30 p.m. The parade will proceed north along the west shore, cross the north beach, and travel south along the east shore, ending at Trails End, where the winners will be announced. There is no rain date.

The annual Willoughby Lake 5K run and walk will be held on Sunday, July 5, to benefit the Westmore Ladies Aid Scholarship Fund. Doors to the Westmore Community Hall will open at 9 a.m., with the race beginning at 11 a.m. For questions, or to pre-register, call Gail Robitaille at 525-3689.


The parade will be on Saturday, July 4, starting at 10 a.m. at the Elks Club. It will go down Main Street, past North Country Union Junior High School (NCUJHS) and people can stop at the Nelsons’ barnyard or circle back around to the Elks. There will be a flea market and barbecue in front of NCUJHS. The Boy Scouts will sell food, including hot dogs and hamburgers. There will also be a bounce house. The food will be served starting around 11:30 a.m., and events will continue until around 3 or 4 p.m.

To enter a float in the parade, contact Kurt Brainard at 766-5588.

Island Pond

The weekend’s events kick off on Friday, July 3, with Classic Rewind playing at Pavilion Park, part of Friday Night Live, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be a barbecue, local vendors, and a fireworks extravaganza at dusk. The rain date for fireworks is Saturday, July 11.

The parade will be on Saturday, July 4, at 11 a.m. To enter a float in the parade, call Melinda Lamoureux at 723-6130. There will be pony rides behind the Municipal Building from 12 to 3 p.m., and a duck race at 1 p.m., with prizes of $500, $100, and $75. Participants can buy ducks at the Island Pond Welcome Center, Gervais Ace Hardware, Passumpsic Savings Bank, and other participating merchants. For more information, call Jeanne at 723-6138. There is also a townwide scavenger hunt on Saturday, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., that starts and ends at the Welcome Center. For more information, call Mike or Tim at 723-0470. At 2 p.m., there will be a boat parade. For more information, call Nate at 723-4218. On Saturday night, the Adams Band will play at Pavilion Park from 6 to 10 p.m.

The cardboard boat race will be on Sunday, July 5, at noon. Allowed materials include cardboard, duct or masking tape, liquid nails, adhesive, latex, paint, and varnish. No flex seal or plastic sheeting. For more information, call Jeanne at 723-6138.

North Troy

The parade will be on Saturday, July 4, starting from the old mill at 11 a.m. The parade will march right up Main Street, down to the American Legion Post #28 home. The legion hopes that children will get involved and decorate their bikes. Old cars and floats are also welcome. Set up for the parade will be around 10 or 10:30 a.m. There will be a chicken barbecue at noon at the legion, with a donation required.


The Craftsbury Village block party will be from 5 p.m. to dark on Friday, July 3, featuring free barbecue and games for the whole family, and live music from the Eames Brothers, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and DJ Vu. Fireworks by Andrew Johnson will go off at dusk. The street will be closed between Cemetery and the Creek roads.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.