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Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration--Thursday, July 3, 2014

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10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Explore the Vermont History Museum:
Free Museum Day
10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Patriotic Craft Activity: Festive Fireworks at the
Vermont History Museum
Make your own (non-exploding) festive fireworks
craft to celebrate the holiday.
Noon- 2:00 pm Reading Frederick Douglass:
"The Meaning of
the Fourth of July for the Negro" on the
steps of Montpelier City Hall
1:30 pm-4:00 pm Family Fun Day
Montpelier Rec Department Pool
6:00 pm Montpelier Mile Road Race
7:00-10:45 pm Julio’s Dance Party, lot next to Julio’s Cantina--Starline Rhythm Boys!


3:00-5:30 pm Kids Zone
3:00-4:00 pm Chris R and his Flying Purple Guitar, Kids Zone
3:00-4:00 pm Laughing Yoga with Robin Cornell - Certified
Laughter Yoga Leader (ages 8+)
3:00-5:00 pm Pop Up Science Activities, Montshire Museum
3:00-5:00 pm Hula Hooping for Fitness with Carol Becker
3:00-3:30 pm Overview of Fredrick Douglas Speech
"The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the
Negro", Read-In Group
4:00 pm Singing of the National Anthem, Julie Prentice
4:15 – 4:45 pm Capital City Band
4:50-5:15 pm Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum
6:00 pm Montpelier Mile Road Race
6:00-7:15 pm PARADE!
7:30-9:30 pm Lowell Thompson & Crown Pilot HEADLINER!
9:30 pm FIREWORKS!!!


Performance Stages

Live music and entertainment on the State House Steps from 3:00-9:30 pm with a break at 6:00 pm for the parade. See schedule for details.

Zero Waste Stations: Last year our efforts to make July 3rd a ZERO WASTE event was hugely successful and we are aiming to make this year’s event an even cleaner and greener party! Please help us by visiting one of the three Zero Waste Stations to sort recyclables, compost food and reduce your contribution to the landfill.Zero Waste Stations will be located at each end of State Street and on the State House Lawn. Kids Zone: Special kids’ activities and performances will be from 3:00-5:00 pm. On the west side of the State House lawn. Bring the kids downtown to jump in the bouncy house, get their face painted, play with the giant parachute and blow monster bubbles. Right next door in the Vermont History Museum there is a patriotic activity making their own (non-exploding) festive fireworks craft to celebrate the holiday. A new addition this year to the kids zone is Pop Up Science program put on by The Montshire Museum of Science bringing activities for fun, family- oriented discovery.

Can’t make it downtown? ORCA will be livestreaming Independence Day Parade. Tune in at 6:00 pm or visit

Parade Route: The parade starts at the Spring Street roundabout, travels down Main Street and State Street in front of the State House ending just before Bailey Avenue. Parade viewing is best on Main Street and State Street. This year vendors will be located on the DVM side of State Street only. Parade viewing will be great from the State House side of the street.

Special Shuttle ServiceGreen Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) provides a free shuttle open to the general public approximately every 15 minutes on July 3rd in Montpelier. Beginning at 4:00PM, until11:00PM, the shuttle will transport to/from the National Life parking lot to the corner of Governor Davis Avenue and State Street.All GMTA buses offer ADA Service and are equipped with wheelchair lifts and wheelchair tie-down spaces. GMTA and event organizers encourage individuals with special needs to take advantage of this free service for safe and easy access to the July 3rd celebration.In addition to the shuttle provided between the hours of 4:00PM-11:00PM, the Montpelier Hospital Hill route will be automatically scheduled to deviate to National Life inbound to Montpelier at approximately 10min past the hour until the free shuttle service begins at 4:00PM. The MHH will go to National Life outbound by on-board request at 32min past the hour. Anyone at National Life at 32min past the hour may pay the fare and ride the MHH to the Mobile station at the corner of Northfield Street and Berlin Street. Please note that the bus will not return to the downtown area before going to the hospital hill area.2013 SHUTTLE SCHEDULE:
4:00-11:00PM shuttle operating approximately every 15 minutes from:
1. National Life
2. State St./Governor Davis Avenue
3 City Hall from 5-8 pm in lieu of the State Street stop during the parade.Parking: We recommend Montpelier High School, the Department of Labor or National Life.

Handicap Parking:
• Four spaces on School Street from 5:00 pm to the end of the parade
• Three spaces on State Street just after Governor Aiken Avenue from 3:00-11:00 pm
• Three spaces on Taylor Street next to Capital Deli – take out DMV parking VENDOR PARKING behind DMV and Carr Lot is open

Street Closures:
State Street: Street closed between Governor Davis and Bailey Avenue from 2:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M. for vendors and parade. Parking along this stretch closed from 11:00 A.M. - 10:30 P.M.
Parking along State Street from Main Street to Governor Davis Avenue closed from 5:00 P.M. - end of the parade to accommodate parade viewing.
Main Street: From 6:00 P.M. until approximately 7:45 P.M. for the

Montpelier Mile Road Race followed by the parade. Parking closed from 5:00 P.M. - end of parade.
Streets in the Meadow area will be used as staging areas for the parade from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M., with parking restrictions starting in the morning.
School Street from Main to St. Paul Street: All three streets/areas will be closed during the parade. POST-

FIREWORKS DETOURS: All traffic exiting from Bailey Avenue or Taylor Street onto Memorial Drive will have to turn right towards the interstate. No vehicles will be allowed to turn onto Bailey Avenue or Taylor Street from Memorial Drive.

FESTIVAL INFO & EMERGENCY TENTS located near the Supreme Court. Let your children know that if they get lost, they should go to the Emergency Tent


Thank you to all of our sponsors and community partners, including: Union Mutual, People’s United Bank, Cody Chevrolet, Montpelier
Pharmacy, Onion River Sports, Denis, Ricker & Brown, Julio’s Cantina, Betsy’s Bed & Breakfast, Capitol Grounds, Hunger
Mountain Coop, Downs Rachlin Martin, Casella Waste Management, Bear Pond Books, and ORCA Media.

Thanks also to Central Vermont Solid Waste
Management District and GMTA for their partnership on this event.


Artesano Ice Cream Bagito's
Blooming Onion Bruce's Lemonade
Buddy the Clown Butler's Loaded Baked Potatoes
Butterfly Bakery of Vermont Capital Community Church
Cosmic Cotton The Candy Van
Pat’s Fried Dough Glo-ry Lights
Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Smoothies Jocker Hollow
Kai Chi Gifts Leondardo's Gelato & Sorbet
Mediterranean Mix Montpelier
Village Pizza
Morse Cotton Candy Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Open Hearth Pizza Out Doggin It
Pak Afghan Foods River Rock School
Roys College Dogs Rubble Bubbles Balloon & Party Supply
Sons of the American Legion Steve's & Joan's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
The Skinny Pancake
Rajun Cajun Food (Trendsetter’s Clothing Co. LLC)
Trendsetter's Clothing Co. LLC
Tulsi Tea Room
Vermont Flan Company
Vermont Face & Body
Wicked Good Fries
Wicked Good Ice Cream