July 3rd Parade

Whether you’re marching or watching, the July 3rd Parade is Montpelier’s must-see event of the year! 

Parade Competition

Parade Participants are invited to compete in the Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition. Competitors are challenged to create patriotic floats, costumes, decorations that wow the crowd. Show off your artistic and performance talents through music, dancing, puppeteers, clowns, cyclist, gymnasts -- whatever your talent, we want to see it!  $1,000 in prizes will be awarded: $500 for the grand prize, $300 for the runner up, and $200 for third place.

Vote for your favorite parade performer! Text Vote to (802) 200-0908.


Parade Route

The July 3rd Parade starts at the Spring Street roundabout, travels down Main Street and State Street in front of the State House, ending near 133 State Sreet. 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 1075 at 6 p.m. or visit the ORCA Media website.

Parade Lineup

1 Montpelier Police  
2 VFW Post 792

Montpelier VFW Post 792 supporting past, present and future service members of foreign wars. The members of our post and auxiliary love our service members and our great nation. Proud to be Americans, happy birthday America!!!

3 American Legion Post 3

The legacy of time, honor and values drives The American Legion forward.

4 Montpelier SSN 765 Support Committee

It has been a tradition for many years to have some of the crew of the USS Montpelier (SSN 765) travel to Vermont to participate in Montpelier's Fourth of July activities. It's an honor to have them travel all the way up from Norfolk, VA this year to spend time with the people of their namesake city. Please welcome CDR Pittman, LCDR Dolan and the crew from the USS Montpelier to our beautiful little State of Vermont.

5 40th Marching Band

"Vermont's Own 40th Army Band is comprised of everyday Vermonters. They will be performing tomorrow night at Smugglers Notch's July 4th celebration starting at 8pm. To find out more about the 40th Army Band and the Vermont National Guard talk to your local recruiter."

6 VT Army National Guard

The VT Army National Guard performs a dual mission. Our state mission involves providing community support and disaster relief in the event of a state emergency. The federal mission involves the National Guard in support of the active Army during a National emergency. Find us on VTGUARD.com

7 National Life Group

Join National Life at their annual Do Good Fest, scheduled for Saturday, July 16th! Do Good Fest is a free, family-friendly event held on The Lawn at National Life Group. Go to DoGoodFest.com today to reserve tickets. Donations are encouraged, but not required. Do Good Fest benefits Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund operated at Central Vermont Medical Center.

8 Miss USA - Vermont, Miss Teen USA - Vermont

Here are the reigning Miss Vermont USA and Miss Vermont Teen USA 2022, Kelsey and Kenzie Golonka from Montpelier! For the first time in the 70 year pageant history, actual sisters were crowned to represent Vermont at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA national pageants the same year. These ladies will be representing Vermont later this year.

9 Vermont Roller Derby

Roller Derby is happening in Vermont. Vermont Roller Derby skaters are from a diverse background and enjoy skating. Skaters are varying in skill and love to learn and improve on their skills. There is a good group of us skating and enjoy roller derby. Its great fun and a great way to meet new people.

10 Welch for Vermont (Congressman Peter Welch)

Rep. Peter Welch has represented Vermonters in Congress since 2007 and believes strongly that the cost of the war must include the cost of caring for the warrior when they return home. Peter is a leading advocate of of providing support for veterans exposed to burn pits, lowering prescription drug costs, providing affordable childcare, expanding access to broadband in rural America, and addressing the climate crisis. He is currently running for US Senate where he would be honored to continue working for Vermonters.

11 Molly for Vermont

Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray is Vermont’s 82nd and current Lieutenant Governor. Now, Molly is running for Congress because she knows that our biggest challenges, housing, childcare, and climate won’t be solved by Vermont alone. Visit Mollyforvermont.com to learn more.

12 Cummings for Senate

Senator Ann Cummings walking with her car featuring the traditional Care Bears in patriotic attire

13 Big Nazo + Providence Drum Troupe

Eight larger-than-life-sized alien creature and robot characters will interact and improvise with each other and with the audience.
“Born from the pandemic, we are the Providence Drum Troupe: Musicians, acrobats, light-arts, life-size puppets, stilt-walkers, hoopers, lasers and dancers who create funky beats with positive interactive energy demonstrating that living in harmony with one another is not an antiquated notion.


Winters are getting warmer and summers are getting hotter, that's why VPIRG is asking all of you to help Keep Vermont Cool! By advocating for and supporting climate action here in Vermont, we can protect and preserve the Green Mountain State that we all know and love.

15 Green Light Real Estate

Whether you're considering buying a home, selling a home or both, the agents at Green Light Real Estate know this area. They know the Montpelier, Barre and Northfield real estate market very well. It's where they all live, and that's why they concentrate on this area. They love living here, and love talking about all the great things that this area has to offer.

16 Anne Watson for Vermont State Senate

Anne Watson, currently serving as the Mayor of Montpelier, is running for Washington County Senate. She's running on a platform of climate action and protecting working families. She looks forward to meeting you to hear about the issues that you think are important.

17 Conor Casey for House

Kate McCann and Conor Casey are running for the two vacant Montpelier House Seats. Kate McCann is Vermont’s 2017 teacher of the year and a small business owner. Conor Casey is a current Montpelier city councilor and executive director of GunSense Vermont.

18 Worcester, Vermont Historical Society

The Worcester Historical Society is here to let you know that we're bringing back Worcester's traditional Fourth of July festivities tomorrow, starting at 11:00 with our parade celebrating "An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July." Then we'll gather at Ladd Field for lots of good food, games and activities for children and families, a song circle, an ice cream social at the church, and an open house at the Historical Society 10-4. Don't miss our famous Duck Race at 3:00, and our classic "Worcester Voices" performance at the Village Cemetery at 4:00. There will be more food vending in the evening, along with a great band - Legend - performing from 7 till 9. And it will all be capped off with the best fireworks anywhere, as it gets dark! We hope you'll join us.

19 Thayer4Vermont. Gregory Thayer for VT. LT. Governor

Gregory Thayer of Rutland is a Candidate for VT. LT. Governor. Thayer, a Constitutional Conservative Republican. His campaign is about "We The People" with a Common-Sense Approach to Governing.

20 Filipino-American Association of Central Vermont

The Filipino-American Association of Central Vermont would like to introduce themselves to the community by participating in the July 3rd Independence Day parade. We are a small but vibrant group and have been active for about 4 decades since the early 80s. We will perform at this parade one of the traditional Philippine folk dances with music called Itik-Itik.

21 Chris Winters for Secretary of State

Chris Winters is running for Secretary of State. Chris will ensure the Secretary of State's office remains effective when it comes to elections, voting rights, business registration, professional licensing, and the many other excellent services Vermonters expect from the Secretary of State. Chris is ready to lead on day one!

22 Shidaa

Shidaa Projects, Inc. is a Vermont based 501(c)(3) non profit organization focused on sharing the values of West African Culture through workshops and performances in schools and community organizations and venues. Our goal is to promote diversity through the activities that we offer.

23 Vermonters for Justice in Palestine 

Vermonters for justice in Palestine called for freedom, justice to the Palestinians, human rights and equality to all

24 Central Vermont Little League

Central Vermont Little League is composed of the towns of Berlin, Cabot, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Middlesex, Montpelier, Plainfield and Worcester. Little League is for all kids age 4 to age 12 and provides the opportunity to play baseball and softball. These players here today represent our league as this year's All Star teams across three levels of play. Our 10-12 year old players last year won the District tournament and advanced to the State tournament. Hope to see these players in Williamsport in August!

25 Falun Dafa Association of New England

Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, is an ancient practice to improve mind and body. It based on exercises, meditation, and the universal value of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.. The beauty of goodness of Falun Gong practitioners' inner selves shines through in their performances, enriching the lives of all they touch.

26 Zuckerman for VT

David Zuckerman is a farmer, father, former Lt. Governor and former legislator from Hinesburg. He is running to be Vermont's next Lt. Governor. David believes that we need bold leadership in Montpelier who will fight for climate action, for economic justice, and for our rural communities. Vote for David in the August 9th primary election!

27 Duval for State Senate

Jared Duval is running to represent Washington County, Stowe, Orange, and Braintree in the Vermont State Senate. He is a Democratic candidate in the upcoming primary election on August 9th. He comes from and is committed to the working class of Vermont. A non-profit executive and former economic development director for Vermont, he has been a leader for climate action and a more equitable economy for over 20 years.

28 Catamount Pipe Band

A band of bagpipe players and drummers playing traditional parade tunes.

29 Odum for Vermont

John Odum, Democrat for Secretary of State.

30 Kitty Toll For Vermont

Kitty Toll is from Danville, VT and she is a Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor. She is a former middle school teacher and served in the legislature for 12 years. She is running for Lieutenant Governor to be a strong voice for all who call Vermont home.

31 Girl Scouts Troop # 30228 (Waterbury, VT)

Girl Scouts Troop 30228 is a multi-level troop with girls from the Waterbury, VT area. Our troop is made up of girls from grades 2nd through 8th. In addition to doing fun activities, this past year we have helped our community through raising money for the local homeless shelter, collecting donations for the food shelf and humane society, and making homemade Valentine cards for the senior center.

32 Onion River

This joyful swarm of cyclists is sponsored by Onion River Outdoors, Montpelier's locally owned, community-minded outdoor gear and apparel shop. We are Central Vermont’s outdoor recreation experts, an eclectic and fun group of active, outdoor-loving folks seeking healthier, happier, and more eco-friendly ways to live our lives. We recognize that our shop’s success is tied to the well-being of our Green Mountain landscape and our Central Vermont community. We open doors to the outdoors by supporting all ages and abilities to pursue outdoor activities. We believe that when consumers support local business and local business supports the community, we all win.

33 Kellogg-Hubbard Library

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is back this year with all-new new book-cart drills. On Friday nights after the Library closes and the Librarians really want to kick back and relax, they spend some time practicing precision drills and having speed shelving competitions. A little of that extreme athleticism is on display today. Additionally they have participants from the Summer Reading Program walking with them. The Summer Reading theme is Oceans of Possibilities and there are programs, prizes and challenges all summer long.

34 Christina Nolan US Senate Campaign

Christina Nolan will be our next U.S. Senator. Christina has already cleaned up the state for you, serving as Vermont's U.S. Attorney cracking down on the statewide opioids crises. Now she is going to use her law enforcement background to serve Vermont in the Senate.

35 On The Border Morris dancers

On The Border Morris dances for you today. We bring the joy and hopes for a happy healthy season, and for a plentiful harvest to come from our sweet land.

36 Charity for Vermont

Charity Clark is running for Attorney General of Vermont. She worked at the Attorney General’s office for the past eight years, and as an attorney in private practice before that. She a native Vermonter, loves to hike, and takes pride in knowing the communities in which she was raised. If elected, she will be the first female Attorney General of the state of Vermont!

37 Bridget Grace for States Attorney Washington County

Bridget Grace is running for Washington County State's Attorney, currently Deputy State's Attorney she was born and raised in Washington County and looks forward to continue serving...Experienced, Dedicated and a true Vermonter!

38 Ethan Parke for State Representative

Ethan Parke is a candidate for State Representative in Washington-4, the district that includes all of Montpelier. He’s walking with friends and supporters. Their theme today is: In Freedom and Unity There Is Hope.

39 Ken Jones in the House

Ken Jones is running for the State Legislature representing Montpelier. Ken has been a member of the Montpelier School Board, on the Board for CV Fiber and a co-founder of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee.

40 Japan America Society of Vermont

The Japan America Society of Vermont seeks to improve cross cultural understanding and mutually beneficial interaction between Japanese and Vermont individuals. We sincerely would like to congratulate American birthday today.

41 Washington County Senator Andrew Perchlik

Washington County Senator Andrew Perchlik: motivated by decades of work toward a Climate conscious energy transformation Andrew was elected in 2018. As a member of the Education committee, he has advocated for the installation of ventilation systems in Vermont schools with Federal Covid relief funds, worked to provide substantial support to After School programming, and developed a more equitable pupil weighting system for students with distinctive needs.

42 Sarah for Vermont Happy Independence Day! Now more than ever Vermonters need to elect leaders who will fight for democracy and protect your individual liberties. After 18 years in the legislature, Sarah has the experience, drive, and dynamic leadership to hit the ground running and fight for Vermonters in an ever-changing political climate. Vote for Sarah Copeland Hanzas for Secretary of State.
43 Zach Sullivan for VT State Representative

Zach Sullivan is running for state representative in the Washington-5 (East Montpelier & Middlesex) district. He is here with an assortment of dinosaurs who don't want to be fossil fuels when they grow up because he cares about transitioning to cleaner forms of energy. Also, his kids like dinosaurs, that makes it a good parade entry, and he didn't know how to turn any of the rest of his platform into an interesting float.

44 All Together Now

Families, people of all ages, dressed in costumes carry puppets celebrating Interdependence.

45 Green Mountain Self Advocates

We are Green Mountain Self Advocates, a disability rights group from all over Vermont.. We hope for Full Inclusion.

46 United AG & Turf John Deere

John Deere supporting farmers and building products in the US for farmers and homeowners. United Ag & Turf is a local John Deere Dealership throughout New England, and are local with a Montpelier VT location and all employees live in town or local area. We will have kids on the float for the future generations of farming, and hope for the future.

47 Becca Balint for U.S. Congress

Becca Balint is running for U.S. Congress to be a voice for all Vermonters. As a parent, a public school teacher, and President of the Senate, Becca has fought for working people her entire life. Becca is a tested leader with a track record of delivering for Vermonters that Washington has left behind. She has the experience needed to deliver for Vermonters, and the integrity, courage and grit we need in Washington.

48 Jonathan For Barre

Jonathan Williams is running to be Barre City's next Democratic state representative. He stands for food and economic security, better infrastructure, and equity. You can find out more at www.forbarre.com. Let's make Barre brighter!

49 Honeybee Steelband

Honeybee Steelband Presents “I Will Survive” and "a Fifth of Bee-thoven", to Raise Public Awareness About Protecting Honeybees and Other Pollinators.

50 Daniel Peterson

1931 Model A Ford Roadster

51 Ericka Redic for Congress

ERICKA REDIC - Rigorous Honesty. Ericka was born and raised in Vermont and from a very young age, she knew my purpose was to make a difference in my community. Ericka is running for U.S. Congress.

52 League of Women Voters of Vermont

The League of Women Voters wants to remind everyone that "Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport!" They encourage everyone to VOTE! Register today at their Booth on the State House Lawn!

53 Jeh Kulu

Traditional West African Drum and Dance

54 Mike For Vermont

Mike Pieciak is running for State Treasurer to follow retiring treasurer Beth Pearce. Mike Pieciak has been the commissioner at the department of financial regulation for the past 6 years and worked extensively on Vermont’s Covid response.

55 All Things LGBTQ

We are a news and interview show aired weekly on Orca Media

56 Vermont Mountaineers

The Vermont Mountaineer Baseball team is a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Over the past twenty seasons, hundreds of collegiate players from all over the U.S. have come to Montpelier to improve their skills playing summer baseball, and furthering their dreams of playing in the major leagues. We have won three championships and look forward to another successful year providing the Central Vermont area topnotch baseball and entertainment at Montpelier's Recreational Field.

57 Anya Tynio for Congress

Anya Tynio is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. She wishes all participants and spectators a very happy 4th of July!

58 Filipino-American Vermont Branch Club (parent assoc Barre VT Lions Club)

Filipino-American Vermont Branch Club - "We serve" service from the heart. Volunteers fight back against Food Insecurty.

59 Gerald Malloy for US Senate, Limited

Republican candidate,Gerald Malloy is running for US Senate seat being vacated by Senator Leahy. Mr. Malloy is seeking to serve Vermonters, Vermont and the United States of America. Mr. Malloy is a West Point graduate and Retired Veteran, He will support and defend the Constitution and protect Americans against unconstitutional acts.

60 Paul Bean for VT

This float is in support of Paul Bean for Vermont state Senate of Washington County. Vote Bean for traditional values and new approaches.

61 Hansen for Vermont

Jeremy Hansen is running to represent Washington County, Braintree, Orange, and Stowe in the Vermont Senate, with a particular focus on housing, universal healthcare, and climate change.

62 Central Vermont Pioneers

The Central VT Pioneers are folks who love to play hockey and are a sled hockey team made up of Vermonters with physical disabilities. Most of us have some type of physical disability that makes sitting in a hockey sled the only way we can play this sport. This year, we won the New England Sled Hockey Tournament in Springfield, Mass. and recently competed in the National Sled Hockey Tournament.

63 Myers Mermel

Myers Mermel is a Republican running for U.S. Senate from Manchester. Endorsed by Gov Mike Huckabee, Myers is a conservative who wants to reduce inflation and bring down prices of food, heating fuel, and gasoline while fighting crime.

64 Hanaford's Fife and Drum

Hanaford's Fife & Drum Corps is based in St. Albans, VT. Named after Capt. Nathanial Hanaford, a drum major in the War of 1812. They exist to keep the history of America alive through music. They are not related to the Hannaford's grocery store!

65 Patricia for Vermont

Patricia Preston is a lifelong Vermonter and Democrat running to become the next Lieutenant Governor of Vermont because she believes in the promise of Vermont and is ready to lead Vermont to a future that belongs to everyone. Patricia will bring Vermonters together from every corner of our state to move Vermont forward on climate action, workforce development, and expand high-speed internet to strengthen our rural communities.

66 Modun for Montpelier

Merrick Modun is a passionate young Vermonter running for Montpelier's House seat in the August primary. His experience on Montpelier's School Board and work in City hall has inspired him to make change for Vermont's youth. Merrick believes that Vermont needs to overcome Work Force, Affordability and Climate related challenges in coming years in order to keep it a welcoming home for all.

67 Mt Sinai Motor Corps

The Mount Sinai #3 Motor Corps is back. We ride so that children can walk. We support the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. Love to the rescue.

68 Capital Community Church

Following Jesus’s example by serving others.

69 Montpelier Police  

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