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! 


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!

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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


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Sons of the American Legion

Steve's & Joan's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

The Candy Van

The Donut Dude

The Skinny Pancake/Muffin

USS Montpelier/USS Vermont

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