Event Details and Schedule
The Main Event
- 3 pm - 6 pm Family Olympics on the State House Lawn, presented by Capital Community Church
- 5:30 pm Capital City Band performs on the State House Lawn
- 6 pm Onion River Outdoor’s Montpelier Mile
- 6:15 pm Independence Day Parade, powered by VSECU
- 7 pm Headline concert by RaiZed on Radio on the Myles Court Barbershop Stage
- 9:15 pm Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition winners announced
- 9:25 pm National Anthem performed by the winner of the National Anthem Singing Competition
- 9:30 pm Fireworks, accompanied by music by the 40th Army Band from Colchester, Vermont
- 10 am – 5 pm Vermont History Museum Store Bargains on the Pavillion Porch
- 10 am – 6 pm Free Museum Day at the Vermont History Museum
- 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 & Open Pool, 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 by Michael Loris on the bells of Trinity Methodist Church
- 4 pm – 12 am Langdon Street Tavern Street Party featuring The Grift
- 7 pm – 11 pm Julio’s Dance Party
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.
Green Mountain Transit will offer a free event shuttle from 4-11pm. Shuttles will be available every 10-15 minutes, though the wait may be longer at peak traffic times. The bus will make the following stops (in this order):
- Montpelier High School, at turnaround, High School Drive, Montpelier
- Department of Labor Park and Ride, 5 Green Mountain Drive, Montpelier
- National Life Group, at Main Entrance, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier
- Capitol Region Visitors Center, 134 State Street, Montpelier
- DURING THE PARADE (approx. 6:15pm-7:15pm), this stop will be relocated to the intersection of Bailey Avenue and State Street
Parking for People with Disabilities
In addition to the spaces indicated on the City's Interactive Downtown Parking Map, we will make seven additional temporary spaces available for individuals with disabilities. Please review the Street Closures and Parking Restrictions at right to plan your access to any spaces.
- 3-10pm: 3 spaces on Taylor Street next to Capital Deli
- 5pm-10pm: 4 spaces on School Street
July 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 and Mamava 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!
Road Closures and Parking Restrictions
1pm to 11pm: Closed Governor Davis Avenue to Bailey Avenue
5pm-end of parade: Closed from Main Street to Bailey Avenue
Beginning at 8am: Parking on the DMV side closed from Governor Davis to Bailey
Beginning at 11am: Parking closed from Governor Davis Avenue to Bailey Avenue
5:30pm to end of parade - Closed Spring Street to State Street
Beginning at 5:00pm: Parking closed Spring Street to State Street
5pm-11pm: traffic only allowed from parking lots to exit to Memorial Drive. No incoming traffic toward State Street.
5:45 pm to end of parade: Alternating one-way traffic. Expect delays. Left-turn only onto Main Street from Spring Street Bridge.
4pm to 7pm: Parking 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)
4pm to 7pm: Parade staging area
3pm to 7pm: Parking Closed
GOVERNOR AIKEN AVENUE
Beginning at 1 pm: closed to thru traffic
Beginning at 5 pm on July 2nd parking closed
POST FIREWORK DETOURS
All traffic exiting from Bailey Avenue or Taylor Street onto Memorial Drive will have to turn right towards I-89. No vehicles will be allowed to turn onto Bailey or Taylor Street from Memorial Drive.
NATIONAL LIFE DRIVE
Will remain open throughout the event