Fourth of July fun!

The Wardsboro parade is always a valley favorite. This eagle landed right in the middle of the parade during a previous year.Celebrate summer and Independence Day at Stratton Mountain’s annual Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival.

Tradition continues with parade, steet fair

WARDSBORO- Vermont’s oldest, continuously running, and best Independence Day ever event continues on July 4. Wardsboro has organized this wonderful parade and street fair for 70 years running.  
Enjoy the street fair starting at 9 am. There will be many craft and food vendors, a hot dog eating contest, and  the “Made in Wardsboro” artist gallery inside Town Hall. The gallery will provide strawberry shortcake samples, fried dough, hamburgers, and a barbecue chicken dinner with all the fixings. Jimmy Knapp and the Green Mountain Ridge Runners will also perform during the meal.
Everyone is welcome. The parade starts at 10 am by the bridge in Wardsboro center proceeds south on Route 100 and turns right onto Main Street, continuing past the reviewing stand at Town Hall.  Then after turning around at MacMichaels’ Park, people will get to see the parade the second time because  they follow the same route in reverse,  stopping briefly at the grandstand at Town Hall for the presentation of the first, second, third, and honorable mention ribbons.   
Arrive early to avoid the road closures.  Parking is available on all roads leading into town. There is some accessible parking available close to Main Street. For more information visit



Skip the beach, head to the mountains

STRATTON- The Fourth of July in Vermont means fireworks, starlit campfires, craft beer, and of course good times with family and friends. Celebrate Independence Day with Stratton Mountain Resort’s Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival. Explore the mountain, or sit back and relax, and enjoy music and fireworks in the mountains.
The holiday week kicks off on Friday, July 5. Ride to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak on the Stratton gondola all day, or enjoy yoga on Stratton’s one-of-a-kind summit deck. Enjoy the views and mountain air with a hike to the fire tower or stroll through the meadows. The fun continues with village activities and kids activities in the main base area as well as live music from Wyld Nightz Band. Compete in the three-legged race, potato sack race, and hot dog and pie eating contest. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm.
On Saturday, July 6, explore the mountain before the next chapter of Stratton Mountain Music with the Don’t Leave Band and The Little River Band. Doors open at 5:30 pm and tickets are $25 in advance.
Sweat out the previous night’s festivities with the Running of the Bears 5K on Sunday. Registration begins at 7:30 am  in the east wing of the base lodge before the race kicks off at 9 am, followed by awards at 10 am. Registration is $30 in advance and $40 the day of.
With the holiday beginning on Thursday, it’s the perfect time to escape beach traffic and head to the mountains. For an in-depth schedule of holiday activities, to purchase tickets, and to register for the 5K visit

The Deerfield Valley News

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