Upper Valley Fourth of July celebrations

Ayden Fanny, 3, swirls a sparkler before the 4th of July fireworks display at Memorial Field in Concord on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Ayden Fanny, 3, swirls a sparkler before the 4th of July fireworks display at Memorial Field in Concord on Thursday, July 4, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 07-03-2024 10:01 PM

Modified: 07-04-2024 6:13 PM


Grafton: July 6, dusk, Grafton Recreation Field, Prescott Hill Road.

Fairlee; July 4, around 9 p.m., over Lake Morey.

Hartford/Wilder: July 4, between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m., Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave. (Rain date: July 5)

Hartland: July 4, 9 p.m., Hartland Recreation Center, 9 Route 12.

Lebanon (laser light show): July 4, 9:20 p.m., visible from Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St.

New London: July 6, 9:30 p.m., Pleasant Lake.

Vershire: July 6, dusk, Vershire Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road.

Woodstock: July 5, dusk, Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way.

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Woodsville/Wells River: July 4, 10 p.m., Woodsville Community Field, 28 Connecticut St.


Thursday, July 4

Activities take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brownsville Village, Brownsville-Hartland Road. Pancake breakfast and live music, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Food, live music, book sale and craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community barn dance, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Gala parade with theme “Country Road, Take me Home,” 1:30 p.m. More information: Facebook: “IndependenceDayBrownsville.”


Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July Parade and Barbecue: Parade with theme of “Best of America — Small Town Pride” begins at 10 a.m. and goes through the Village of East Corinth on Topsham Corinth Road. East Corinth Congregational Church barbecue begins at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds. A half-chicken, cole slaw, mostaccioli, rolls, cake and beverage costs $15 for adults and $7 for children. Chicken halves can be purchased for $7. There will also be a silent auction and activities for kids. More information: 802-439-9987.


Thursday, July 4

July 4th Pie Sale & Shaker Garden Grand Opening: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A. Pie sale, $20 each. Herb sale, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prices vary. Children's story time and sensory garden activity, 11:30 a.m. Guided herb talk and tour, noon. Free admission. More information: shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, July 6

Boat Parade on Mascoma Lake: 3 p.m. Boats should gather near the rail trail/rope swing in the north end of the lake for a counter-clockwise parade around the north end, through the bridge. That will be followed by a clockwise parade around the south end on the lake. Festive decorations and costumes encouraged. All boats welcome. Rain date: July 7. Hosted by the Mascoma Lake Association. More information: mascomalakeassociation.org.


Thursday, July 4

Fireworks over Lake Morey, around 9 p.m./dusk. 802-333-4363.


Saturday, July 6

Grafton Independence Celebration: Festivities take place from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Grafton Recreation Field, Prescott Hill Road. Flea and craft market, 8 a.m. Parade with theme of “Red, White and Blue,” 10 a.m. “Wildlife Encounters” program, 11 a.m. Pie contest dropoff, noon. Kids games, noon to 3 p.m. Pie judging followed by pie slices sale, 1 p.m. Face painting, 2 to 3 p.m. Unkle Knuckle Band performance, 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. More information: ckl82281@gmail.com or 603-523-9902.


Thursday, July 4

28th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Downtown Hanover and the Dartmouth Green, Main Street. Parade, 10 a.m. Tricksters Band, classic games, touch-a-truck, food, pony and wagon rides, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Green. Lou’s pie eating contest, 12:30 p.m. More information: hanoverrec.com.


Thursday, July 4

Flyover of F-35 Fighter Jets at Kilowatt South Park in Wilder: 10:20 a.m., Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave. Four F-35s from the Vermont Air National Guard will be flying over Kilowatt Park in Wilder at 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Kilowatt South by 10:20 a.m. Parking at the south end of the park will be available by accessing Wilder Dam Road.

Independence Day Celebration: Gates open at 6 p.m. at Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave., Wilder. Limited parking available. Includes food vendors, children’s activities and live music from The Conniption Fits. Fireworks start between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5. More information: 802-295-5036.


Thursday, July 4

Old Home Day and Fourth of July Celebration: Events center around Hartland Recreation Center, 19 Route 12. Tractor pull, 8 a.m. Book sale at the Hartland Public Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade, 10 a.m., followed by vendors and live music. Carlos Ocasio and Frydaddy perform at 7p.m. Fireworks, 9 p.m. More information: hartlandvt.myrec.com.


Thursday, July 4

Red, White & Blue 6.2 & Fun Run: 5K and 10K races along Rail Trail and Mill Road, 9 a.m. $10-$25. Register: lebanonnh.gov/823/Red-White-Blue-62-and-5K.

Lebanon Farmers Market, 4 p.m., Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St.

The Flames perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Colburn Park followed by a laser light show at 9:20 p.m. More information: lebanonnh.gov/1063/July-4th-Celebrations.


Saturday, July 6

Pleasant Lake Boat Parade: Boat parade with theme of “Olde London,” 1:30 p.m. Participants meet off the shore of the Slope & Shore Beach off Pleasant Street and go clockwise around the lake.

“Fireworks & Flares” show: Viewable from anywhere with good view of Pleasant Lake. Flare show, 9 p.m. Fireworks will be set off from a barge on the lake at 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Pleasant Lake Protective Association. More information: plpa.net/events.


Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July Grand Celebration: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Plainfield Village, 1079 Route 12A. Parade with theme of “Celebrating Our Emergency Responders,” 11 a.m. Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the historic Plainfield Town Hall at 11:45 a.m., following the parade. Includes food, art show, cake auction, yard sale, live music, strawberry shortcake and barbecue. Most events free; food available for purchase. Full schedule: plainfieldnh.org.


Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July Parade and Post Parade Festival: Parade, with theme of “Made in the USA!” begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street and ends at Town Recreation Field, 25 School St. Post Parade Festival includes food trucks, a beer garden, live music and dancing. Food available for purchase. More information: whiterivervalleychamber.com.


Saturday, July 6

Annual 4th of July celebration and parade: Parade begins around 11:15 a.m. at the Justin Morrill Homestead, 214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway. Games and activities on the Common begin at noon.

Annual Fireman’s Chicken BBQ: 5 p.m., Upper Village Fire Station by the Strafford Townhouse, 241 Justin Morrill Highway. Features traditional half-chicken, “famous” creamed corn, rolls, salad and homemade pies. $15 per meal. More information: 802-765-4647.


Thursday, July 4

Annual parade, noon to 1 p.m., beginning from Old Georges Mills Road. Watermelon derby, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Ben Mere Bandstand. Live music and other activities, 1 to 4 p.m., Ben Mere Bandstand.

Saturday, July 6

Friends of Abbott Library pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., Safety Services Building. Book sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunapee farmers market, 9 a.m. to noon, Ben Mere Bandstand.


Saturday, July 6

Vershire Day: Festivities take place around Vershire Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road. Kids tot trot, 9 a.m. 5K race, $12, 9:30 a.m. Energy Efficiency Fair & Vershire Historical Society bake sale, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Vershire Fire and Rescue chicken barbecue and Vershire Artisan & Farmers’ Market student vendors, 3 to 6 p.m. Bounce house, dunk tank, field games and kickball, 4 p.m. Wood-fired oven pizza to benefit VerShare & live music from The Pillsbury Slow Boys, 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. More information: vershare.org.


Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July on the farm: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. Includes lawn games, crafts for the kids, youth and adult spelling bees, historic “base ball,” live music and food available for purchase. $12-$19, children 2 and under free. More information: billingsfarm.org/events/4th-on-the-farm-2024.

Friday, July 5

Crafts, games, cookout and ice cream beginning at 6 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way. Fireworks at dusk. More information: woodstockvt.com/events/signature-events.


Thursday, July 4

Woodsville-Wells River 4th of July Celebration: Activities center around Woodsville Community Field (28 Connecticut St.) Parade with the theme “Let Freedom Bling!” begins at 11 a.m. Includes flea market, bingo, live music, dunk tank and food vendors. Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Wells River, but the best place to view them is from the Community Field in Woodsville. More information: wwr4th.org or facebook.com/wwr4th.