Southern Vermont's Oldest Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Festivities begin at 9 AM
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.
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.
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)
next to the Methodist Church on Main Street starting at 9:00AM
outside near Town Hall on Main Street starting at 11:00AM
inside Town Hall on Main Street. Pies starting at 9:00AM
in front of the Wardsboro Country Store starting at 8:30AM
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.
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.
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
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.