Vermont July 4th Celebrations in 2023
July 01, 2016
Vermont July 4th celebrations range from funky parades and outdoor concerts to festivities on Main Streets and local town greens. If you’re planning on being in Vermont on Independence Day in 2023, here are some of the best places to celebrate. (You can find additional July 4th celebrations in our events section.)
Vermont July 4th Festivities & Fireworks (updated for 2023)
The 40-something-year-old Moscow Parade returns to this tiny corner of Stowe at 10 a.m. for its annual stroll on Moscow Road on July 4, 2023. Afterward, the community kicks off its Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration in Stowe Village, featuring a parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by live music, food, and vendors on the Village Green. At 6 p.m. take part in the festivities and fireworks at the Mayo Fields. For more information, visit stowevibrancy.org.
Come to the the Wardsboro 74th Annual 4th of July Street Fair and Parade. The 2023 Street Fair starts at 9 a.m. with the parade of floats, vintage cars, fire trucks and more starting at 10 a.m. You’ll find homemade strawberry shortcake and pies for sale, a chicken BBQ, antique handmade quilt show, old-fashioned children’s games and live original music performed by locals. The street is lined with vendors, all friends of our community with a crafty talent to show off. Questions? Email [email protected].
Soak up the beauty of Lake Paran in North Bennington at an annual Independence Day celebration on July 3, 2023. The event features food trucks, live music by HorseyCow, games, and more. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, visit lakeparanvt.org.
Celebrate Independence Day in Cabot on July 4, 2023, with a parade, music, food, games, rummage sale, book sale and more. The annual rummage sale starts at 8 a.m. in the Cabot School Gym, and book sale is at 9 a.m. in the Cabot Public Library. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. with a theme of “Get Outside.” After the parade, the celebration continues until 2 p.m. at the town recreation field with games, activities, Cabot Harvest Hub Farm Market, live music and more. For details, visit cabotvermont.org or the event’s Facebook event page.
Brattleboro Goes Fourth celebrates its 50th Independence Day event on July 4, 2023, starting with a parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street followed by a day of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park. For details, visit facebook.com.
Catch the Island Pond Independence Day Parade on July 1, 2023 at 11 a.m., followed by the American Legion Chicken Barbecue at noon, and a kids scavenger hunt at 1 p.m. At 6 p.m., enjoy music by Jamie Lee Thurston at Catamount Stage in Lakeside Park. Be sure to stick around for fireworks at 9:30 p.m.. Visit facebook.com for a full event schedule.
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra showcases an Independence Day concert on July 4, 2023 at Shelburne Museum. Guest trumpeter and jazz legend Ray Vega joins the VSO and Argentinian/Italian conductor Michelle di Russo in a concert of swing, jazz, spirituals, and marches. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit vso.org.
The big fireworks display will be July 1, 2023 at the Poultney Elementary School with field events beginning at 3 p.m. The town’s parade is July 4, 2023. Parade kick-off is at 10 a.m. at the East Poultney Green. The parade route runs from East Poultney, down Route 140, along Main Street and ends at the Poultney Elementary School. This year’s theme is “Poultney: Then and Now.” Visit poultneyrecreation.com.
Celebrate Independence Day in the town of Killington on July 4, 2023. Festivities include a parade on River Road, followed by a barbecue, field games, raffle, swimming, music, fireworks, and more. Visit killington.com.
Celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2023 in Richmond with a parade at 10:35 a.m. and music by the Richmond Community Band at noon. Starting at 1:30, enjoy live music (a new band starts every hour), a karaoke contest at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Visit facebook.com/richmondparade.
Independence Day in Jeffersonville starts with a festive parade on July 4, 2023 at 10 a.m. Enjoy the village’s Main Street celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food, games, a library book sale, and live music. At 6 p.m., head up to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for music and fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit 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. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on July 4, 2023 with the theme,”The Sounds of Freedom.” Jewel House warms up on the porch of The Warren Store for the street dance at 11:15 a.m. Head up to Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak for fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit madrivervalley.com/4th.
If you’re anywhere near Vermont’s Capitol City on July 3, 2023, downtown Montpelier is the place to be. The festivities kick off at 3 p.m. with the Food Truck Festival and FamilyFest. The Montpelier Mile Road Race begins at 6 p.m., followed by the Community Parade at 6:15 p.m. Afterward, listen to live music until the fireworks start at dusk. For details, visit montpelieralive.com.
The 73rd Annual 4th of July Parade and Street Fair returns to Wardsboro on July 4, 2023 on Main Street. The event, which is Southern Vermont’s oldest Independence Day celebration, includes a street fair starting at 9 a.m., featuring live music, strawberry shortcake, pies, and a chicken barbecue. The parade starts at 10 a.m. with floats, vintage cars, fire trucks, and more. The event is scaled back a bit this year and organizers say a larger celebration is planned for 2023. For more information, visit wardsborovermont.com.
Brandon’s biggest summer event returns on July 1, 2023 with a full-day of celebrations. The town’s festivities include a 10 a.m. parade, bands in the parks, vendors, games, music, the Annual Street Dance and fireworks. For more information, visit brandon.org.
Bristol is home to one of the most festive July 4th celebrations around. Celebrate with live music, food, games, and fireworks at dusk on July 3, 2023. On July 4, take part in Bristol’s legendary Outhouse Race, watch the local parade, and enjoy music, food, and vendors in the heart of town. For more information, visit bristol4th.com.
Come to the 23rd annual Lake Willoughby Boat Parade on July 4, 2023. This year’s parade theme is Superheroes. The event is free to participate, and no registration is required. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated and most creative. Lineup will be at Crescent Beach, on the west side of the lake at 2:45pm. Please display a last name on your boat so organizers can track the winners. For more information, visit nekchamber.com.
Hartland’s Old Home Day returns on July 4, 2023 with a tractor pull at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. and book sale at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy food and listen to live music in the gazebo area behind the town recreation center, and watch the fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit facebook.com.
Burlington’s July 3, 2023 Independence Day celebration features a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Champlain at dusk. For more information, visit helloburlington.com.