Local Fourth of July celebrations

Photo by William Jalbert

Bristol
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the ballpark on July 3. DJ Jam Man will be spinning tracks while food and crafts will be sold and games will be played. Fireworks go off at dusk. On July 4 there will be a parade at 10:30 a.m. with live music by Mango Jam to follow. More information can be found at bristol4th.com.

Burlington
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park on July 3. Food vendors will be at Waterfront Park, Perkins Pier, Battery Park and North Beach. Buses will be running between UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium to One Main Street from 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. More information can be found at btvjuly3rd.com.

Charlotte, Shelburne, S. Burlington
The Green Mountain Railroad Independence Day Flyer rides again this year on July 3, taking passengers into Burlington on a train to watch the city’s fireworks display. No need to think about traffic and parking. Three trains depart from Charlotte and make stops in Shelburne and South Burlington on the way into Burlington. There is one train departing Burlington at 10:30 p.m. to return passengers home. Tickets are $15 for ages 3 and up; lap children under age 3 are free. For schedules and to buy tickets go to rails-vt.com/4th-ofjuly.

Hinesburg
Old Home Week celebrations begin Saturday, June 30 with the Independence Day parade on June 30 at 10:00 a.m. followed by Fire Department anniversary festivities. Events run through July 4 with fireworks at dusk at Hinesburg Community School. See more coverage on page 5.

Middlebury
On July 2 Vermont Philharmonic’s 26th annual Fireworks and Pops Concert hosted by the Henry Sheldon Museum at Middlebury College. Opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnics. Music at 7:30 p.m. Lou Kosma conducts a medley of contemporary music, light classics, Broadway and film favorites, and patriotic songs. Guest soloist is Broadway singer and actor Marc Dalio. Bring chairs, blankets, flashlights. Family-friendly. Display of vintage cars. Raffle of picnic baskets painted by local artists and filled with local foods, gift certificates, and picnic items. Held in the field behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts; rain site is Kenyon Arena. $25 adults, $10 youth, under 12 free. Information: 388-2117, henrysheldonmuseum.org.

Richmond
On July 4, festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade and fun run at Volunteers Green. There will also be live music. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Shelburne
On July 4, Shelburne United Methodist Church presents its 56th annual Live Auction, Chicken BBQ, White Elephant and Book Sale. Bake sale starts at 9 a.m. on the church lawn, 30 Church St. Sales inside the Fellowship Hall with the auction hosted by Charlie Barsalow and Tom Young, at 10 a.m. The Chicken BBQ begins at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. or until it’s sold out. Donations are being collected through July 1. (See details in Calendar pages 14-15) Questions? Call the church office 985-3981 or email at shelburne.umc@myfairpoint.net.

On the evening of the fourth, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra makes its annual stop in Shelburne for a performance and fireworks at Shelburne Museum . This year’s summer VSO festival theme is “Gifts of Nature,” led by guest conductor Sarah Hicks with a highlight performance by 22-year-old violin virtuoso Rubén Rengel, fresh from his recent first-place award at the prestigious Sphinx Competition.

The Shelburne date is one of seven VSO summer concerts, including July 8 at the Trapp Family Lodge meadow in Stowe. Each performance will include a musical petting zoo for children. Tickets and information online at vso.org. Gates at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m.

Vergennes
On July 3 at dusk fireworks will go off at Vergennes Union High School.

Williston
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Williston Road. Activities and vendors will be set up on the Village Green from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More activities, vendors and live music will be at Allen Brook School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. before fireworks go off at dusk. More information can be found at willistonrec.org.

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