Independence Day often leads to a little independence among people who enjoy setting off fireworks. However, here are some of the major organized celebrations in the area in Morristown, Jeffersonville, and Stowe.
July 4 at 11 a.m., Independence Day parade from Harrell Street down Brooklyn Street to Bridge Street, then Portland and Upper Main to Peoples Academy.
After the parade, the village opens up for festivities throughout the day and music and a fireworks show that night at Oxbow Riverfront Park.
No parking will be allowed along Bridge, Portland and Upper Main Streets on Thursday, July 4, until after the parade.
Morristown’s highway crew and police officers will be out early on July 4 to shut down parking spots along the route.
The day’s events are presented by Cambridge Area Rotary. This year’s theme is “Cambridge the Beautiful” and the grand marshals are Melody and Art Tobin.
The parade lines up at G.W. Tatro at 9:30 a.m. and steps out at 10 a.m., headed for the Cambridge Elementary School field.
The Town Fair is at the school and runs until 1 p.m., with food, vendors, games and float awards, plus music from 11 to 1 by the Missisquoi River Band. A frog-jumping contest will be held at noon.
Fireworks are planned that night at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Vermont’s Own 40th Army Band will perform a concert at 8 p.m.
The Moscow Parade, which includes events like the All-Men’s Radio Marching Band and the Ladies Lawn Chair Brigade, starts at 10 a.m.
The old-fashioned village festival with activities, food and games begins at 11 a.m., with a parade down Main Street at 1 p.m. A free shuttle will take people between the Mayo Events Field and Stowe village between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Starting at 6 p.m. at the Stowe Events Field, crowds can wait for fireworks at dusk with live music, face painting, food, wagon rides and laser tag.