Event Details and Schedule

Event Schedule

The Main Event

3 pm – 6 pm Family Olympics on the State House Lawn
3 pm – 10 pm The Marketplace along State Street & Gov.  Aiken Avenue features 40+ food and fun vendors
5:30 pm Capital City Band performs

6:30 pm Come meet Ceres in front of the State House
7:00 pm Headline Concert: RaiZed on Radio, presented by Myles Court Barbershop, on the Union Mutual Stage
9:15 pm Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition winners announced
9:25 pm National Anthem performed by winner of the National Anthem Singing Competition!

Around Town

10 am – 6 pm Free Museum Day at the Vermont History Museum
10 am – 3 pm Patriotic Craft Activity; Free crafts for all ages, Vermont History Museum
10 am – 5 pm Vermont History Museum offers Museum Store Bargains on Pavilion Porch
12 pm Reading of a Frederick Douglass speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” Kellogg-Hubbard Library
1:30 pm – 4 pm Family Fun Day & Free Swimming, Montpelier Rec Department Pool
3 pm – 5:30 pm Visit the Montpelier Fire Department and take pictures on a fire truck
4 pm Patriotic music will be played by Michael Loris on the historic tower bells of Trinity Methodist Church
4 pm - 10 pm - Charlie O’s World Famous outside bar and pig roast
4 pm – 12 am Langdon Street Tavern Street Party
5 pm -6 pm Modern Dance Performance and BBoys BGirls from Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio on the Kellogg-Hubbard Library Lawn
7 pm – 11 pm Julio’s Dance Party featuring “The X-Rays”
7 pm  - Outdoor concert with Abby Jeene and Her Dark Advisors, Charlie O’s World Famous
9:30 pm Join Charlie O’s World Famous after the fireworks for karaoke with DJ Vociferous

Event MapFinal 2018 Map for public

Shuttle Service

GMTGreen Mountain Transit will provide a free shuttle approximately every 20 minutes, from 4 to 11 p.m., between the National Life parking lot, the Department of Labor parking lot, and Taylor Street in downtown Montpelier. Peak Times may experience delays due to traffic. All buses offer ADA service.


We recommend Montpelier High School, the Department of Labor, or National Life.

Handicapped Parking

  • 4 spaces on School Street from 5 p.m. to the end of the parade
  • 3 spaces on State Street west of Governor Aiken Avenue from 3-11 p.m.
  • 3 spaces on Taylor Street next to Capital Deli

Parking Restrictions & Street Closures

    • 11 am Parking closed from Governor Davis Avenue to Bailey Avenue
    • 1pm to 11pm - Closed Governor Davis Avenue to Bailey Avenue
    • 5pm -end of parade - Closed from Main Street to Bailey Avenue
    • 5:00pm Parking closed
    • 5:30pm to end of parade - Closed Spring Street to State Street
    • 5pm - 11pm traffic only allowed from parking lot entrances to bridge
    • 4pm to 7pm Parking closed
    • 5:45 pm to end of parade - Closed
    • 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Closed from Main Street to St. Paul Street
  • THE MEADOW NEIGHBORHOOD (Spring, Summer, Winter, Vine and Pearl Streets)
    • 3pm to 7pm Parking Closed
    • 4pm to 7pm Parade staging area
  • GOVERNOR AIKEN AVENUE (State will close parking and street)
    • 5 pm on July 2nd parking closed
    • 1 pm July 3rd closed to thru traffic

Post-Fireworks Detours

All traffic exiting from Bailey Avenue or Taylor Street onto Memorial Drive will have to turn right towards the interstate. No vehicles will be allowed to turn onto Bailey Avenue or Taylor Street from Memorial Drive.

Festival Information & Emergency Tents

Festival Information Tent is along State Street, near the center of the State Lawn. The Emergency Tents is located near the Supreme Court. Let your children know that if they get lost, they should go to the Emergency Tent.

Nursing Mothers

UVMHN_CVMC_ColorJuly 3rd is a family friendly event, and we hope mothers feel comfortable nursing or pumping throughout the event. A Mamava Lactation Suite will be available in a quiet, shaded area (to be announced) off the State House Lawn for mothers who prefer extra privacy for nursing or pumping. Thank you to Central Vermont Medical Center for providing financial support for the Lactation Suite! 

Zero Waste, Trash, and Recycling 

We will offer a Zero Waste Station with trash, recycling, and composting options at the corner of State Street and Governor Aiken Avenue. Please make every effort to use the Zero Waste Station and trash and recycling bins downtown throughout the festival. We are also working with our food vendors to encourage composting and reduce food waste. Celebrate Red, White, Blue and Green this July 3rd! Thank you to Grow Compost and Casella Waste for their generous contributions to the July 3rd Celebration!