Celebrate July 4 in Hinesburg

July-1-F-H-Independence-Day-Parade-copyThe Independence Day celebration in Hinesburg that began today with the Hilly Hobble Foot Race continues tomorrow with the annual book sale by the Friends of the Carpenter Carse Library. The sale, which will be at Town Hall, will commence at 9am and break for the parade at 11am, after which it will be open until 2pm. As always, all books remaining at the end of the day will be available for free on July 5 from 9am to 12pm.

Of course the events don’t stop there. Various food booths will be open along Route 116 at 9am, as well as a craft fair at the United Church of Hinesburg from 10am to 4pm featuring crochet, embroidery, Avon supplies, handmade dolls, homemade barbeque sauce, and more.

The Beach Party themed parade will assemble at 10am for judging before beginning its tour around town at 11am, ending in Commerce Park.  This year, Athlete of the Year Autumn Eastman will serve as the Grand Marshal.

This year’s prize categories are as follows
Best Business Float
Best of Parade
Best Float
Best Theme-Related Entry
Best Antique/Classic Vehicle
Best Pet/Livestock Entry
Best Tractor
Best Costume
NEW this year: Best Decorated Bike

Category sponsorships and prizes come from a variety of local businesses, including Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Jiffy Mart, Aubuchon Hardware, Grateful Dog, Good Times Café, Hinesburg General Store, Lantman’s, Automotion, and Vermont Well and Pump.

At noon, don’t forget to stop off for some ice cream post-parade in front of the stone Masonic building, or to check out the Kiddie Carnival behind HCS.  There will be pony rides, a bouncy castle, games, a dunk tank, and face painting until 2pm.

The celebrations will culminate at dusk with the annual fireworks display at HCS.  You’re bound to enjoy all the festivities and activities in all their red, white, and blue glory.