Wardsboro 4th of July Parade & Street Fair


Southern Vermont's Oldest Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Festivities begin at 9 AM


Schedule of Events

9 AM: Street Fair opens all along both sides of Main Street with more than 50 vendors

10 AM: Start of the parade. Initiated with the ringing of the Church Bell and Invocation by Pastor Pete Carlson.

The parade starts by the bridge, proceeds south on Rte. 100 and then turns by the Wardsboro Country Store and heads down Main Street past the reviewing stand at Town Hall before turning around and following the same route in reverse.

Where Do We Park?

Parking is in designated lots within a few hundred yards of the parade route. Lots can be found on Rte. 100 by the Wardsboro School, by MacMichael Park, south of town on Rte. 100, and on South Wardsboro Rd. past the town dump.

Please do not park on the roadways. Parking for Universal Access is available - ask the lot attendants.

Parking is a $2 donation per car.


Yellow Car At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade

Activities


  • Kids' Games - Hi-Striker, Face Painting outside the Town Office on Main Street
  • Duck Race - follow the signs down to the water
  • Quilt Show - at the Methodist Church on Main Street
  • Library Book Sale - on the lawn at the Library at 170 Main Street - More Information.
  • History Exhibit - in the History House on Route 100
  • White Elephant Sale
  • Silent Auction - 9:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Fishing Derby
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Dunk Tank
  • Basketball Shooting Contest
  • Bingo (for all ages) starting at 1:00PM
  • Zambian Circus
  • Skate Jam starting at 12:00PM

An official one-page Schedule of Events will be available at various stations along the parade route. Also, the Master of Ceremonies will be keeping guests informed of events via the public address system. The Grafton Band and The Bills Band will be in the parade and there will be music throughout the day (incl. by a local fiddler)

Horses At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Town Car At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Old Car At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Retro Car At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
People Watching The Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Attendants At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade

Food Options at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade & Street Fair


Strawberry Shortcakes

next to the Methodist Church on Main Street starting at 9:00AM

BBQ Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads & Fries

outside near Town Hall on Main Street starting at 11:00AM

Bake Sale and Homemade Pies

inside Town Hall on Main Street. Pies starting at 9:00AM

Grilled Fresh Storemade Sausage w/ Onions & Peppers

in front of the Wardsboro Country Store starting at 8:30AM

Flag at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Mini Car at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Float at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Barn Float at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
People at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Tractor at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade

Parade Route


The parade starts by the bridge, proceeds south on Rte. 100 and then turns by the Wardsboro Country Store and heads down Main Street before turning around and following the same route in reverse. The Street Fair is along Main Street on both sides. Listen for the ringing of the Church Bell that signals the start of the parade at 10 a.m. Ribbons for the parade floats and participants are awarded on the return trip so stay to see who this year's winners will be.


Pastor Pete
Pastor Pete the Parade's Master of Ceromonies

Our Story


The Street Fair & Parade evolved from a need to raise funds for the Yoked Parish. A few farsighted souls came up with the idea of a simple street fair with a novelty booth, handicraft booth, games for kids, homemade sandwiches, pie slices, and a little parade with a few floats and kids on bikes. The community began to be involved more and more because it was so much fun. The Wardsboro Yoked Parish runs the parade and most of the proceeds go to help community members in need.

2010 Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
USA Float at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Horses at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Veterans at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Fun Float at the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
USA Float

Volunteering And Donating


Helping out at the 4th of July Street Fair & Parade has become a tradition in Wardsboro. It is part of the fun of offering entertainment and good food to several thousand visitors. To volunteer before, during or after the event, send an email to wardsboroparade (at) gmail.com

Ways to Help Out


Please consider entering the parade! For details on joining the line-up, email us. Great fun for antique or vintage car buffs, equestrians, musicians, Scouts, kid's' clubs and groups, performers, anyone with a big patriotic spirit!

Be a Vendor - spaces are limited for crafters, artists, and others, so please contact us as soon as possible. Click Here for Vendor Application

To display a new or vintage quilt in the quilt show, email us at wardsboroparade (at) gmail.com

To donate used books in good condition for the Library's book sale, contact the Library at 802 896.6988. Please do not leave books outside on the porch!

To sponsor a telephone pole flag honoring or in memory of a friend or loved one, email us at wardsboroparade (at) gmail.com. It is a nominal fee to sponsor a flag and the names are published.

Contact Us


For questions regarding the parade please email us at wardsboroparade (at) gmail.com

Follow the Parade on our Facebook Page!