Independence Day - July 3rd

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July 3rd is the Capital City's largest festival of the year with many activities happening downtown throughout the day and more than 40 food and craft vendors lining State Street. The fun begins at 3 pm with the Family Olympics on the State House Lawn. After the Olympics, the Montpelier Mile Road Race begins at 6 pm and kicks-off the Parade! After enjoying the parade, join us on the State House Lawn for a music concert and fireworks show! 


Have you been thinking lately, “What more can I do for my community?” Well think no more! We have a way for you to give back to this wonderful community of yours…Volunteer! Sign up to give some of your time to your favorite home town this summer at this year’s Montpelier Alive’s July 3rd Festival. Without volunteers Montpelier Alive couldn’t bring you all the fun and excitement you enjoy each July 3rd (and for many other events and goings on throughout the year in Montpelier) so sign up to volunteer to do some good and feel good about giving back.

Click here to sign up for volunteer positions!

For questions about volunteering with Montpelier Alive e-mail: Jessica Ball, Volunteer Coordinator @


Parade Participants are invited to compete in the
Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition. Competitors are challenged to create patriotic floats, costumes, decorations and banners showcasing Green Initiatives and/or Artistic Talent.We are looking for entries that use reclaimed and re-purposed discarded items, and/or items that can be recycled after parade and/or move through the parade using an electric vehicle, animals or people power (pulling, cycling). As well, show off your artistic and performance talents through music, dancing, puppeteers, clowns, cyclist, gymnasts -- whatever your talent, we want to see it! The Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition will feature two awards: Best Performance Award and Best "Green" Float/Entry Award. Each grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash, post-event press, a trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights!

Click here for the Union Mutual July 3RD Parade Competition Rules and Guidelines

Click here for Parade Application

(all participants must fill out an application regardless of competition participation)
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Montpelier Alive and Capital Community Church are bringing the Family Olympics back to our 
Independence Day Celebration!

The State House Lawn will explode with excitement. Children and families will be invited to grab streamers, flags and parachutes and dance and sing along during the Opening Ceremony for the 2017 Family Olympics.The Olympics will feature mildly competitive games that promote teamwork and build self-confidence.

Families/Teams will work together to push an 8-foot tall beach ball through a maze of cones. Children and adults will bounce their way to victory in a bouncy ball relay. Teams will use paddles to row their scooters across the finish line. Other games will include silly versions of tennis, hurdles, the javelin throw and much, much more. All participants will receive a medal and be entered in a drawing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes.  

The winners of these top prizes will receive a prize basket featuring local products, and will be invited to lead the parade through Downtown Montpelier later that day.The 2017 Family Olympics will also include an Olympic Training Center that will feature huge inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, and inflatable slides.

Food & Craft Vendors

Taste the flavors of the world at this year’s Independence Day festivities. From samosas, falafal, spanikopita, ramen noodles, pizza, and much more from afar, to local maple kettle corn, french fries, hamburgers, pulled pork, and ice cream from Vermont! While you’ll still find your favorite fair foods, we’ve added new food vendors with incredible offerings. The festival starts on the State House Lawn at 3:00,  come hungry!

Artesano Ice Cream
Blooming Onion
Buddy the Clown
Butterfly Bakery of Vermont
Butlers Loaded Baked Potatoes
Cosmic Cotton
Cotton Candy
Caja Madera
Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen
Curly Girl Pops
DR Sweetview Maple/shaved ice
Glo-ry Lights
Grab Cheeses LLC
Glo-ry Lights
Jockey Hollow
Kai Chi Gifts
Kingdom Creamery
Mediterranean Mix (Euro Restaurant)
Mo's Backyard BBQ
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Open Hearth Pizza
Pat's Fried Dough/Lemonade
Peg's Pantry
Rajun Cajun Food
Red Moon Artisans
Rick Lansing
River Rock School
Roys College Dogs
Rubble Bubbles Balloon & Party Supply
Scouts Honor
Sons of the American Legion
Steve's & Joan's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
The Candy Van
The Donut Dude
The Skinny Pancake/Muffin
USS Montpelier
Vermont Celtic Co
Vermont Face & Body
Wicked Good Fries

Parade Route

The parade starts at the Spring Street roundabout, travels down Main Street and State Street in front of the State House, ending just before Bailey Avenue. Parade viewing is best on Main Street and State Street. This year vendors will be located on the DMV side of State Street only. Parade viewing will be great from the State House side of the street.

Can't make it downtown? ORCA Media will be livecasting and streaming the parade! Tune in to channel 15 at 6 p.m. or visit the ORCA Media website.

Festival Information & Emergency Tents

Festival Information and Emergency Tents are located near the Supreme Court. Let your children know that if they get lost, they should go to the Emergency Tent.


Did you know recycling is mandatory in Central Vermont? And by July 1, 2015 recycling is required across the state as part of Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148). Please make every effort to use the trash and recycling bins downtown and during all festivals.
This event is made possible due to the generosity of our community underwriters and sponsors!

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Downtown Montpelier - July 3rd