Missisquoi River Band plays July 4th

The Missisquoi River Band will play July 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cambridge Town Fair.

Get out your red, white and blue — it’s time for the annual Independence Day celebrations! Here’s a look at some events happening in the area.

Morristown

Thursday, 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.

At noon, the Morrisville VFW will host a chicken barbecue. Meals are $10 per person.

At 12:30, the Morrisville Rotary hosts a duck race — $5 per duck — at the Morrisville Fire Station. Tickets are available at local businesses, and will be sold during the parade.

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.

Cambridge

The day’s events for July 4 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.

Catch your critters now for the frog-jumping contest, 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. (more information on Page 13).

Info: cambridgevt.org/july4 or Ron Carter, rcarter@smuggs.com.

Bakersfield

A celebration will be held Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine. The parade is at noon; participants are welcome before 11:30 a.m. The route: Sunset Drive north to Bakersfield Elementary School. For more information: Mike O’Rourke 827-3104.

There will be a chicken barbecue, book sale, fun run, blessing of animals, local music, cow plop contest, silent auction, horseshoe tournament, SunCommon solar-powered bounce house, food and more.

At 7 p.m. there’s an air show, followed by fireworks at dusk, at the intersection of Route 36 and 108. More information: bit.ly/bakersfieldvt.

Vendors are welcome, no charge: Lisa Maynard, 827-3917. General information: Paul Stanley, 827-6145, paullin4@myfairpoint.net.

Stowe

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.

Noon marks the 1.7-mile fun run, starting at the intersection of Main Street and Mountain Road.

At 1 p.m., the fifth annual village parade starts, making its way down Main Street.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., a free shuttle will take people between the Mayo Events Fields and Stowe village.

The first round of the pie-eating contest — two age categories, no entry fee — also starts at 11 a.m., with winners heading for the finals at 2:30 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.

Between July 4 and 7, many businesses in the village and on Mountain Road will participate in the Seven Miles of Sales event.

More information: gostowe.com, stowevibrancy.com.

Johnson

In 1852 Frederick Douglass, one of this nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

Douglass’s speech remains emotionally powerful and thought provoking more than a century and a half after he gave it. Each summer, the Vermont Humanities Council seeks communities to host public participatory readings of Douglass’ fiery Independence Day speech. These readings are free and open to all.

A local reading will take place Sunday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Johnson, 100 Lower Main St. West. Community members are invited to witness or join in the reading. Copies of the speech will be provided.

Local information: Offie Wortham, 479-3339, itxinc@yahoo.com. Event information: vermonthumanities.org/douglass.

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