Independence Day - July 3rd

Back in April, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our July 3rd Independence Day Celebration in 2021. Events like July 3rd require many months of planning and careful coordination. The event costs tens of thousands of dollars to put on and involves working with dozens of vendors, performers, sponsors, parade participants, security personnel, etc. We waited as long as we could, but ultimately, we had to make a decision based on the information we had at the time.

More recently, our friends at Shidaa Projects (a separate organization who you might recognize from their regular participation in our July 3rd parade), was able to organize a smaller event to take place on July 3rd. We know that it's not the same as our usual celebration, but we hope you attend and enjoy. 

Shidaa Projects Inc., a non-profit organization focused on sharing West African Culture through dance, drumming and cultural education, invite you to celebrate. Shidaa will take to the State House Lawn July 3rd from 5-8 pm., with a goal to promote diversity by mobilizing drummers, dancers, and performers across multi-racial lines who share a similar vision to celebrate diversity in our city. This evening of music and dancing will include performances by: Stuart Paton and the Burlington Taiko drummers, Akwaaba Dance Ensemble (Manchester, NH), Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Theater (Burlington), Karl Miller and his group Z-Jaz team (Montpelier) and Other Local Solo performers, including: Sara Grace (Montpelier), Julia Rose Riback (Rutland) and Jason Mallery (Montpelier).