12th Annual Independence Day Celebration - Sunday, July 3rd in downtown Montpelier, Vermont. |
With arts and activities throughout downtown and at the State House, the Sunday, July 3rd event is shaping up to be one of the most exciting festivals in Central Vermont this summer. And bigger than ever before!
Perennial favorites include the Pancake Breakfast at Christ Episcopal Church and the Recreation Department's free Family Fun Day at the Montpelier Pool. Trinity Methodist Church has a tag sale and chicken BBQ. The Vermont History Museum is free all day, with a star-spangled wand making workshop for kids from 1:00-4:00pm.
From 1:00 - 3:00pm, the new Montpelier Arts Collective hosts Downtown Fun, with a variety of street performers and artists making things happen on Main and Langdon Streets. Experience Nimble Arts circus performers, face painting, chalk art, clay play, open mike, a guerrilla art gallery, photo booth, Robot Artist Seth Collins, Cheap Art by Barbara Leder, bike decorating at Onion River Sports, plus music by Dave Keller, Jennifer Curtin, Lewis Franco and more. Busking meets shopping in downtown!
Lost Nation Theater has scheduled a special matinee performance of William Shakespeare's most enchanting comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", at 1:00pm in the City Hall Arts Center.
A full slate of Arts, Activities & Vendors get underway at the State House at 3:00pm, with artists from Nimble Arts Circus, puppets from The PuppeTree, outdoor art from the Montpelier Arts Collective, Community Hula Hoops with Lizzie Brood, Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, face painting, and a whole bunch more. Music, fun and games plus lots of activities for kids fill the lawn. Forty food and craft vendors fill the street with edibles, wearables, and items of beauty.
The 6th annual Montpelier Mile Road Race at 6:00pm is prior to the parade and along the same route.
The annual Giant Parade begins at 6:00pm at the Main Street roundabout and goes down State Street past the State House. Three sections - history, circus and community - include color guards, veterans of foreign wars, fifes, pipes, & drums, a dozen bands, floats, antique vehicles and tractors, clowns, puppets, and numerous colorful community groups. Conrad and Phyllis Rowell are honored as the Montpelier Rotary Club's 2011 Distinguished Citizens of the Year.
Following the parade, a very special ceremony will be held at the Pavilion Building, where The Patriot Flag will be hung across State Street. The Patriot Flag is touring the country in honor of the responders at 9/11/2001, and celebrates all public safety personnel on the job today.
After the ceremony, two concerts take place on the State House steps. First playing is the Catamount Pipe Band, followed by country rock group Waylon Speed, segueing directly into fireworks by Northstar Fireworks at 9:30 with prime viewing from the State House lawn. This year's fireworks are bigger and better than ever thanks to the sponsorship of VSECU, the Festival Underwriter.
Outdoor parties take place from 7:30pm until midnight. The Skinny Pancake presents indie rock band Toy Soldiers; McGillicuddy's Irish Pub hosts its annual street dance on Langdon Street; and Julio's Cantina throws a rocking dance party with The Starline Rhythm Boys in the parking lot next to the State Street restaurant. Admission to these events is free.
VSECU is the Underwriter of our festival and Sponsor of the Fireworks. Major support from the City of Montpelier, along with sponsorship from dozens of other local businesses makes the free activities, performances and parade possible.
For information re: Volunteers, Artists, Activities, Community Partnerships, the Parade, Vendors, Sponsorships, and Montpelier Alive festivals in general, contact:
Jimmy Swift at 802-238-6888 or jimmy@MontpelierAlive.org
"Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 3rd, provides the wonderful opportunity for all to experience a renowned, event-filled day and evening at absolutely no cost to the individual or family courtesy of many local businesses and individuals. In these economic times, Montpelier Alive and the City of Montpelier want to be sure that no one is left out of this celebration. In its twelve-year history, it only gets better each year! Don't miss the performances on the State House lawn, the parade, the events around the city and just the community spirit it exudes."
- Beverlee Pembroke Hill, Assistant City Manager
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