Event Details and Schedule

Event 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

Around Town

  • 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.

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 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!