Here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, there are many ways to enjoy the 4th of July holiday – from grand celebrations in Island Pond and Newport to small town parades, barbeques, and concerts. Make your plans today and head to the Kingdom for some red, white, and blue fun.
St. Johnsbury, June 30, 4 – 7pm
Start off the holiday weekend at St. J Final Fridays, a celebration of art, food, music, culture, and fun. The evening kicks off with a Street Fair & Gallery Stroll and closes out with live music.
Burke, June 30, 4 – 7pm
Another sweet way to start off the holiday weekend is at Burke’s Strawberry Festival. Visit the West Burke Park in the village for dinner, dessert, music and dancing while celebrating the sweet, tart, and fresh flavor of strawberries.
Island Pond: June 30 – July 1
A jam-packed weekend of 4th of July festivities are taking place in Island Pond. Check Visit Island Pond for complete details.
Friday, June 30, 6pm
Kelly J & The Wonders kick off the Island Pond Independence Weekend Celebration! Head to Catamount Stage at Lakeside Park. The concert begins at 6pm.
Saturday, July 1, 10am – 9:30pm
The Island Pond Independence Day Parade will make its way through downtown. Parade begins at 11am. The American Legion’s Annual Chicken Barbeque, begins at 12pm and the Island Pond Scavenger Hunt is at 1:30pm. Jamie Lee Thurston will take Catamount Stage at 6pm. Stick around for the Fireworks Display, set to go off at 9:30pm.
Burke, July 1, 5:30pm
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be performing American favorites to get you dancing and celebrating this holiday weekend. The concert will take place at Burke Mountain; rain site is Lyndon Institute. Tickets are $35 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.
St. Johnsbury, July 3, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Enjoy an ice cream social and free outdoor concert from the St. Johnsbury Band. The band will perform on the bandstand in Courthouse Park on Main Street. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the entertainment.
Lyndon, July 15, 10am
Independence Day celebrations continue throughout the month of July, so mark your calendar for Lyndon’s 42nd Annual Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade on Saturday, July 15!
Head to downtown Lyndonville early and get a good spot for the parade, beginning at 10am. Afterwards, head to Bandstand Park for live music and entertainment all afternoon. The Lyndonville Rotary will be hosting a BBQ under the tent and plenty of vendors will be selling local art and craft.
Farm & Field
Barton, July 1, 9am
Join the Orleans County Fair Association in Roaring Brook Park to celebrate Independence Day. Festivities get underway with the Tractor pull at 9am, followed by a variety of other events. Please visit their website as details unfold.
Brownington, July 2, 1-4pm
The Old Stone House Museum & Historic Museum is offering complimentary viewing of their newest exhibit as well as free ice cream and field games for children on Sunday, July 2 from 1 – 4pm.
Peacham, July 2 – 4
A weekend-long patriotic celebration! On Sunday, participate in the Bicycle Parade and on Monday, try Contra Dancing at Town Hall. Tuesday features a full schedule of events: horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, live music, a tractor parade, and a variety of shopping, food, and drink options. See a schedule here.
Mountain & Lake Getaway
Charleston, July 2, 10am
The 2023 Echo Lake Color Challenge is back! Walkers and runners will embark on a 5K loop alongside beautiful Echo Lake. This family-friendly fun run features five locations where participants will be showered in colorful powder, creating a kaleidoscope of color. Register online.
Westmore, July 2, 11am
The Westmore Community Church will host their Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Ladies Aid Society Scholarship Fund on July 2 beginning at 11am. Athletes will begin from Westmore Church Park.
Newport, July 4, 8am-10pm
Head to Gardner Memorial Park on July 4th for free, family-friendly activities. The day begins with the Harry Corrow Freedom Run hosted by Kingdom Games. Registration still open!
Following the Freedom Run, take a quick ride down the road to Derby to enjoy the Derby Independence Day Parade. The parade begins at 10am.
Make your way back to Garden Memorial Park for the evening festivities and the Newport Summer Stroll. Evansville Transit Authority will be performing at the waterfront from 6 – 9pm and food concessions and local artists will be set up from 5 – 10pm.
Fireworks will light up Lake Memphremagog beginning at 9:30pm. Want to watch by boat? Check out the Northern Star. Visit Newport Parks and Recreation website for complete details on their 4th of July celebration.
Willoughby Lake, July 4, 3pm
The Westmore Association’s 4th of July Boat Parade will hit the waters Tuesday, July 4 at 3pm. Decorate your boat in red, white, and blue or cheer on participants from the shorelines. No registration is required to participate, just line up at Crescent Beach on the west side of the lake at 2:45pm. Don’t have a boat? Watch from the shore!