Sunday, July 2: Wilmington
On Sunday, head to Hayford Field in Wilmington for the town’s annual Independence Day celebration. The party kicks off at 6 pm with live music, children’s activities, and vendors. Bring a blanket or chairs and be sure to grab a spot on the lawn for the fireworks show, which starts just after dusk, around 9 pm. Parking is limited downtown, so the MOOver will be available for park and ride service from Howe Farm on Route 100 North and from Route 9 West. Transportation to and from the park and ride sites is free.
The rain date for Wilmington’s fireworks celebration is July 3.
Monday, July 3: Dover
On Monday, July 3, Mount Snow will hold its “Fireworks for Freedom” celebration. Gather at the Grand Summit Hotel, where the outdoor celebration will begin at 6 pm. The festivities will include lawn games, a fire pit with free s’mores, and live music starting at 6:30 pm. Barbecue from Reuben’s Smokehouse, ice cream, and beer will be available for purchase. According to Mount Snow’s website, the fireworks will start at dark, which they anticipate will be around 9:15 pm. Mount Snow encourages attendees to bring their own lawn chairs, but notes that outside alcohol and dogs are not permitted.
Tuesday, July 4: Wardsboro
On Tuesday, July 4, head to Wardsboro for a day of celebration and patriotic fun at Wardsboro’s Fourth of July street fair and parade. The celebration includes a fair featuring many street vendors, a parade, plenty of activities, a book sale, food, and more.
The street fair begins at 9 am with over 50 vendors lining both sides of Wardsboro’s Main Street. The Wardsboro Library will be holding a book sale on its lawn, which will include thousands of hardcover and paperback books, videos, and audio books on tape and CD.
At 10 am, the Fourth of July parade will begin with a ringing of the church bell and an invocation by Pastor Pete Carlson. The parade will start by Wardsboro’s bridge, head south down Route 100, turn by the Wardsboro Country Store, and then head up Main Street past the reviewing stand at Town Hall. You’ll get a second look at the floats when the parade turns around and follows the same route in reverse.
After the parade, take part in the many activities that will be happening around town, including a duck race, a quilt show, a fishing derby, a bean bag toss, a dunk tank, a basketball shooting contest, a skate jam, and plenty of activities for kids including hi-striker and face painting outside the Town Office on Main Street.
Plenty of treats and nourishment will be available as well, including a coffee and doughnut cart on Main Street starting at 8:30 am; a bake sale and homemade pies inside town hall starting at 9 am; hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries near town hall starting at 11 am; strawberry shortcake next to the Methodist Church on Main Street starting at 9 am; and barbecue chicken, salads, and sides near town hall starting at 11 am.
The celebration also includes live local music. The Grafton Band and the Bills Band will participate in the parade, and music will also be heard throughout the day across town.
Parking is available in designated lots near the parade route on Route 100 by the Wardsboro School; MacMichael Park, south of the center of town on Route 100; and on South Wardsboro Road past the town dump. Parking is available for a $3 per car donation.