Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration
|10 AM-4 PM||Free Tours of the State House|
|10 AM-6 PM||Explore Vermont History, Free Museum Day at the Vermont Historical Society|
|10 AM-4 PM||Where's Waldo StoryWalk® at the Kellogg Hubbard Library|
|10:30 AM||Special Independence Day Story Time, Kellogg Hubbard Library|
|11 AM-9 PM||Christ Church Food Court-Benefit CVCAC & Everybody Wins|
|1-4 PM||Patriotic Craft Activity in the Vermont History Museum Snelling Room|
|1-3:30 PM||Film: “Born on the 4th of July” (1989), Senior Activity Center|
|1:30-4 PM||Family Fun Day, Montpelier Rec Department Pool|
|6 PM||Montpelier Mile Road Race (link to registration)|
|7-10:45 PM||Julio’s Dance Party, lot next to Julio's Cantina|
State House Lawn:
|3-5:30 PM||Kids Zone (bubbles, parachute, live entertainment and more!)|
|3-4 PM||Christopher R and his Flying Purple Guitar (Kid's Zone)|
|3-5:30 PM||Community hula hooping with Carol Becker|
|4-5 PM||Stephen Gratto, juggler extraordinaire (Kid's Zone)|
|4PM||Singing of the National Anthem: Linda Radtke (State House steps)|
|4-4:50 PM||Capital City Band (State House steps)|
|4:50-5:15 PM||Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps (State House steps)|
|5:15-6:15 PM||Green Mountain Youth Symphony (State House steps)|
|~7-8:15 PM||Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses (State House steps)|
|8-9 PM||Stephen Gratto stilt walking|
|8:30-9:30 PM||Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck|
All events will happen rain or shine!
Around Town Events:
State House will be open July 3rd. from 10 AM-4 PM, FREE admission. Enjoy a tour in one of three ways: pick up a brochure and wander at leisure; show ID and check out a free audio phone; or tour with a docent very 30 minutes or so (wait behind the red velvet ropes). For groups over 15, call Tracy Martin, Asst. Curator 828- 0749 in advance! Gift shop - Lobby: variety of VT and State House items - art, t-shirts, collectibles, etc.
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library will celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd with an all-ages Storytime presented by Montpelier's own Professor Ben t. Matchstick of the Cardboard Teck Instantute. Join us for summertime storybooks, Japanese kamishibai, our puppet friend Jack, a one-man band, clowning gags, and a big jump around finale! Come enjoy the library lawn for this special Storytime unlike any other!
The StoryWalk® Project combines wonderful children's picture
books with a walk outdoors, it is free and fun for all ages. Pages from
Where's Waldo will be posted on the library grounds, can you find him?
The Montpelier Senior Activities Center will be screening “Born on the Fourth of July” on July 3 at 1 PM. “Born on the Fourth of July” is a 1989 American film adaptation of the best selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Film Editing, as well as four Golden Globe Awards and a Directors Guild of America Award. Following the movie, there will be free dance demonstrations of salsa and zumba.
Family Fun Day at the Montpelier Pool is a project of the Montpelier Recreation Department.
State House Program Areas:
Democracy Tent: The Vermont League of Women Voters is hosting the Democracy Tent. The tent will be open throughout the day to register voters. The League will also be a clearing house for your questions and comments for and about government and government officials. Kids, too. Located in front of the Supreme Court.
Zero-Waste: Ben Franklin said waste nothing, and we agree.
This year the Montpelier Independence Day is moving towards becoming a zero-waste event in partnership with Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. Why is this important? Because 20,000 people come to Montpelier to celebrate independence day every year; they eat food from disposable containers, drink water and lemonade from disposable cups, and fill the landfill with recyclables ,compost and trash. We will be offering festival goers the option to use our Zero Waste Stations to sort recyclables, compost and trash in order to keep Montpelier's streets clean, reduce the amount of resources that go into the landfill, and divert food scraps back into the soil by turning them into compost!
Information Booth: Find schedule information, Lost and Found and more! Located across the street from the Chittenden Bank building.
Dunking Booth will be set up near the Supreme Court.
Kids Zone: Special kids' activities and performances from 3-5:30pm. Look on the far left (ie west) side of the State House lawn. Needs to run off some extra energy? Come visit our Kids Zone! Play with a large parachute, blow monster bubbles, crawl through a tunnel and more. Favorites from past Independence Day celebrations—the Bouncy House and face painting—will also be located in the area on the left side of the lawn. Kids Zone is a project of the Washington County Family Center and Montpelier Alive.
State House Steps Main Stage: Live musical performances from 4-9:30pm with a break during the parade.
Port-o-lets: The main banks of port-o-lets will be located on driveways on either side of the DMV building. Additional port-o-lets will be on State St just past the Gov. Aiken Ave intersection, and in front of the Chittenden Bank. Handicapped accessible port-o-lets will be available on State St and either side of the DMV.
Vermont History Museum will be open and free to the public on July 3 from 10-6pm. In addition to their regular exhibits, there will be a special patriotic craft project from 1-4PM. The museum's core exhibit, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories represents Vermont's history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines.
State House Lawn Performances and Activities
Come listen, sing, jump, romp and shake to the crazy beats and sounds of Christopher R and His Flying Purple Guitar. Christopher performs children songs that rap, rock and roll. The audience can grab a shaker or microphone and literally get into the act. He’s a unique, funny one-man band that has entertained and delighted area children and adults for years."
Hula hooping is for everyone! Test out a hula hoop with hooping instructor Carol Becker of Fitness Hooping. She will have hoops available for use in many sizes.
Clara’s Games, a project of the Vermont Historical Society, invites the young (and young at heart) to participate in games enjoyed by generations of Vermonters. Twelve-year-old Clara Doty, of Tinmouth, Vermont, is the inspiration for Clara's Games. In 1888, she kept a diary recording the weather, her daily chores, and the games that she played. Join us on the State House lawn to enjoy some of the same games and activities like walking on stilts, beanbag toss, sack races and graces.
Juggler, unicyclist, stilt walker, rope walker, balloon sculptor, and balancer, Stephen Gratto is a physical comedian and much much more. All performances are fast-paced and exciting displays of many classic vaudeville and circus skills including many feats of daring, bravery, and side-splitting foolishness. The high point of each performance is invariably the audience participation. Almost every portion of the Stephen Gratto Variety Show involves audience volunteers, both young and old. This continual interaction keeps everyone involved and laughing. Stephen is truly a jack of all trades and a master of many.
The Capital City Band is a volunteer organization that provides free musical entertainment on the Vermont Statehouse lawn every Wednesday evening during the summer. Young and “more seasoned” musicians play patriotic marches and popular music selections for the enjoyment of visitors and residents. The Capital City Band will be kicking off the performances on the State House steps Main Stage by accompanying singer Linda Radtke who will sing The Star Spangled Banner.
Named for famous Vermont Revolutionary War Colonel, Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps plays traditional military marches. They will be performing in the parade, as well we on the State House lawn.
The mission of the Green Mountain Youth Symphony is to create a community of young musicians from throughout Central and Northern Vermont through the performance of great music. GMYS serves over 100 student musicians from more thirty towns throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. It is comprised of three separate orchestras for students of all skill levels, ages six to eighteen. GMYS also has two affiliated ensembles at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where another 50 young musicians gather to make beautiful music. GMYS also holds a residential Summer Music Camp each summer for intermediate-advanced musicians.
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. New Orleans. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition.. They‘ve performed in New Orleans at the JazzFest, French Quarter Festival, Satchmo festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Their first album “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” was released in 2011 to national acclaim.
Bow Thayer aims to forge new sonic frontiers and Perfect Trainwreck (which one writer suggests "will become Vermont's third nationally acclaimed rock band") carries that vision to far off destinations. Having played with such music luminaries as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Booker T, and Ringo Starr, the band has seen its fair share of travel across these United States of America and the World at large and plan to do more while supporting their records of facts, analogies and metaphors.
It takes many volunteers to be able to present this free, community celebration. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up electronically here.
For questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Ball.
The Parade starts at the roundabout at Spring and Elm Streets. After traveling down Main St, the parade will turn on State Street. The parade ends at the intersection of State and Taylor Streets.
Christine Hartman is returning as our Parade Coordinator and can be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information about the 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration, July 3rd in Montpelier, contact:
Suzanne Eikenberry at: email@example.com
Green 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, until 11:00PM, 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.
State Street: Street closed between Governor Davis and Gov. Aiken Avenue from 1 PM - 10:30 PM for vendors and parade. Parking along this stretch closed from 11 AM - 10:30 PM. Parking along State Street from Main Street to Governor Davis Avenue closed from 5pm- end of the parade to accommodate parade viewing. State Street also closed from Taylor Street to NSB from the end of the parade until 11PM. Sign put up at State/Elm St intersection “Closed to through traffic; local business access only.”
Taylor St.: Street closed from State St to parking lot entrances from 6pm until 11pm. During parade, all of Taylor Street will be closed, including the section from the parking lot entrances to Memorial Drive.
Main Street: Street closed from roundabout to State Street from 6:00 PM until approximately 7:45 PM for the Montpelier Mile Road Race followed by the parade. Parking closed from 5pm-end of parade.
Court Street: Closed to through traffic (open to local traffic) from 6pm until close 11pm.
Govenor Aiken Avenue: Street closed from 5 P. M. until 11 PM. Parking closed from 11 AM on.
Streets in the Meadows area will be used as staging areas for the parade from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, with parking restrictions starting in the morning.
60 State Street Parking Lot: Lot will be closed from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM for Julio’s street dance (including set-up and take-down time).
National Life Drive: Street closed at 9 PM (1/2 hour before the fireworks) at the entrance from Memorial Drive and at the entrance into National Life parking lot at the top of the hill. The main parking lot will be open for viewing the fireworks.
No vehicles will be allowed on the parade route (Spring Street, Main Street from Spring to State Streets, and State Street from Main Street to Bailey Avenue) during the parade, approximately from 6 PM – 7:15 PM.
Upper Main Street: Vehicles will be routed onto College Street from Upper Main Street. From there, vehicles can get across town by taking Sibley Ave to Barre Street.
Memorial Drive/ Lower Main Street: Vehicles turning onto Main Street from Memorial Drive will be directed onto Barre Street, up Sibley Avenue to College Street in order to cross town.
Memorial Drive: 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.
Handicapped Parking Spaces
The 4 parking space on School St closest to Main St are reserved as handicapped parking spaces from 5pm-end of the parade to accommodate handicapped parade-viewer.
The 3 parking spaces on State St just after Gov. Aiken Ave. are also reserved as handicapped parking from 3-11pm.
There are handicapped parking spaces behind the DMV which can be accessed by turning into the State parking lots from State St between Bailey Ave and Gov. Aiken Ave.
Access to Parking Lots
State Lots: The interconnected State parking lots behind DMV will all be accessible from the entrance just after the Gov. Aiken intersection. The two lots behind the Chittenden Bank (ie the State lot and the Chittenden lot) will be closed from 5pm until the end of the parade to accommodate parade participants dispersing (already approved by State of Vermont and Chittenden Bank).
Julio’s Lot: The parking lot next to Julio’s will be used for Julio’s dance party from 2pm-1pm (to be requested by Julio’s)
Capital Plaza& Christ Church Lots: The private parking lots belonging to Capital Plaza and Christ Church will be accessible throughout the event, except for the approximately one hour during the parade.
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.
Thank You to our Sponsors who make this festival possible!
Festival Underwriter & Fireworks Sponsor
Main Stage Sponsor: People’s United Bank
Northfield Savings Bank
Onion River Sports
Community Stage Sponsor:
Community National Bank
Montpelier Family Dentistry
Kids Zone Sponsor:
Denis, Ricker & Brown
Betsy’s Bed & Breakfast
Three Penny Taproom
Law Office of Phyllis E. Rubenstein
12/5 State House Tree Lighting 4:30 pm
12/6 Art Walk 4-8pm
1. The Knitting Studio
112 Main Street
Susan Templeton will exhibit gorgeous knitted tapestries inspired by Celtic and Pictish mythology. Gail Lacy will show beautiful, handcrafted felted bags.
2. The Skinny Pancake
89 Main Street at City Center
Warren Pieces: turning wood scrap into handcrafted boards one piece at a time.
3. City Center
89 Main Street
View an interesting group exhibit in a variety of media by central Vermont’s Art Resource Association. The exhibit will
hang through December.
4. Artisans Hand Craft Gallery
89 Main Street at City Center
Ornaments! Hand-carved wood, hand-folded paper, hand-painted gourds, hand-felted, hand-forged, hand-pressed, even hand-formed clay musical ornaments. Memorable gifts.
5. ORCA Media
89 Main Street at City Center
Lois Foley, A Retrospective: landscape, magical realism and abstracts. Plus, Ben t. Matchstick’s First Annual Live and
Pre-Recorded New Years Eve Randomizojustificator-a-thon, 2014.
6. La Brioche Bakery & Café
89 Main Street at City Center
Chef Andrian Westrop’s decorative arts class demonstrates their striking artistic detail in the gingerbread village they created for Art Walk.
7. Tiny House Open House
33 College Street
Tour the 300-squarefoot micro home designed and built by students in Yestermorrow’s Semester Program. Help us celebrate the culmination of the semester from 4–6 p.m.
8. Storefront Studio Gallery
6 Barre Street
Come see what’s happening next with studiomates Glen Coburn Hutcheson, James Secor and Dustin Smith, and gallery directors Abigail Feldman and Shamus Langlois.
9. Center for Arts & Learning
46 Barre Street
TW Wood Gallery, River Rock School mural project, Peggy Watson’s paintings of Montpelier, Happiness Art by Ginny Sassaman, the Ukulele Players, refreshments and more!
10. Montpelier Senior Activity Center
58 Barre Street
Robert Frost wrote poems that bear a relationship to Annie Tiberio Cameron’s images. Annie’s pairings of Frost poems with her images are accessible yet provocative. Open 4:30–8p.m.
11. Another Way
125 Barre Street
Come enjoy healthy snacks, original music, and visual art created by Another Way members.
12. The Drawing Board
22 Main Street
New abstract works by local artist Ray Brown with opening reception during Art Walk.
13. Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
The images are the anima, the female psyche, and the elements, which explore the artists’ beings with the visuals of the landscapes of Vermont. Open until 7 p.m.
14. Vermont State House
115 State Street
Montpelier High School student work inspired by the State House, photographs by Jen Morris and a tree decorated in the Victorian style. Open 4:30–7 p.m.
15. Vermont Supreme Court
111 State Street
Pastoral: Photography from Jen Morris seeks to explore the history and complexity hidden in Vermont’s idyllic countryside.
16. Vermont History Museum
109 State Street
New temporary exhibit: Interpreting the Interstates, about the coming of the interstate highway to Vermont, as well as our core exhibit, Freedom & Unity. Free during Art Walk, open until 7 p.m.
17. North Branch Café
41 State Street
Becky Parker’s unrelenting urge to capture the invisibility and depth of a fleeting moment is what drives her painterly exploration of simultaneous movement and stillness.
18. Capitol Grounds
27 State Street
Ceilidh Galloway–Kane’s landscape and portrait drawings: The People, the Places, an abstract representation of her NEK upbringing. Benefits St. Johnsbury Head Start Arts Partnership.
19. Studio Synergy
15 State Street, room 301, third floor
Encaustic paintings by Nora Sinclair. Pastels and oils by Kate Mueller. Many portraits of local people for sale, both framed and unframed. Refreshments served.
5 State Street
Morgan Jacques’s photography is a unique, eclectic style of artistry that appeals to the eye, heart, and soul while exploringa variety of perspectives.
21. Global Gifts
9 Langdon Street
Inspired by the natural world, especially the sea, Suki’s paintings and felting celebrate the fertile mystery of life and the
magical realm of the dreamtime.
22. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio
18 Langdon Street, third floor
Grief and Praise, a series of eight clay decorative masks by Janice Walrafen reflecting a seven-day walk-about fast. Reception 5:30–8p.m. Showing through January 21. Not wheelchair accessible.
23. The Shoe Horn
8 Langdon Street
Greg Davis’s images and paintings tend to reflect a lost and found world, deriving inspiration from “found” antique negatives and photos manipulated into something new.
24. The Cheshire Cat
28 Elm Street
Sarah Rosedahl’s artwork for her book Chickens!, an illustrated look at chicken breeds from A–Z. Chicken lovers and friends alike will cluck over this book!
25. Tulsi Tea Room
34 Elm Street
Hand-painted Buddhist thangkas. Fundraiser event for Child Haven International, a nonprofit that operates homes for children in India, Nepal, China, and Bangladesh.
26. Birchgrove Baking
279 Elm Street
Come see the latest edible artwork from the team at Birchgrove Baking, featuring our annual gingerbread creation. Work features edible sugar mixed media. Open until 4 p.m. on Art Walk.
12/6 Illumination Night at VCFA- 5:30 pm
12/7- Santa's Arrival
12/7 Capital City Cash Flash-Support our local merchants and spend Capital City Cash during this one-day promotion and earn a chance to win $500 for the holidays! Meet at City Hall at 10:00 am
12/7-Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 11:00am- 3:00 pm
12/10-12/24, Free Parking for up to two hours at metered spaces.
12/11 Caroling- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
1213-1215 - Montpelier Craft & Art Weekend
12/14- Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
12/21- Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
12/31- New Year's Eve. Ring in the New Year at the capital with live music and gourmet restaurant meals.
12/9- Design- 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
12/10- Promotions- 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
12/12-Annual Holiday Party- 5:30pm-7:00 pm
Please note there is NO MBA Meeting and NO Board Meeting in December.
What else is happening? Find out HERE!
Contact us anytime:
39 Main Street
Montpelier, Vt 05602