Wardsboro 4th of July
Parade & Street Fair


Southern Vermont's Oldest Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 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 will be available in fields on roads entering the town center: on Rte. 100 entering from the north or south, upper Main Street from Jamaica, and on the South Wardsboro Road. Additionally there are four Handicap Accessible spaces provided by the Wardsboro General Store. A shuttle bus is available from some locations.

Parking is a $4 donation per car.


Boat At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Float At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Float At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Quilt At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
People Skating The Wardsboro 4th of July Parade
Attendants skating At Wardsboro 4th of July Parade

Wardsboro 70th Annual 4th of July Independence Day Celebration

as appears in the June 2019 edition of the Bucketville News

By the 4th of July Committee

The snow has melted and the warm summer days are ahead. Happily, the 70th annual Wardsboro 4th of July Street Fair and parade is just around the corner, this being our 70th year and the longest consecutive running 4th of July celebration in Vermont.

We are planning many surprises as well as the usual exciting events of years past. New this year will be a “Made in Wardsboro” room where you will find items by local artists and craftspeople displayed; it will be in the small meeting room on the 1st floor on the left as you enter Town Hall. Wander through the room and marvel at the hidden talents of Wardsboro residents.

See more detail of this event in the informational box elsewhere in this issue. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Enter the first ever Wardsboro 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest and you can enjoy six hotdogs for your free lunch! The first to finish all six gets ‘bragging rights’ and a trophy! Ready to sign up? Call Lise or Russ at 896-6188.

At 9am the Street Fair Vendors will be showing off every type of handmade arts and craft as well as lemonade, baked bread and ice cream. You can count on our delicious offering of fresh Strawberry Shortcake in the vestry, homemade pies and scrumptious baked items inside Town Hall. Sneak over to the hamburg and hot dog booth outside to the right of Town Hall.

White Elephant tables can be found next to MacMichael Park. “One man’s trash is another man's treasure” is illustrated each year at this booth, which is not to be missed. At 10am the parade will be going down Main Street to dazzle you. All is on schedule with unique floats now in the “working” stage but soon to be ready for display and judging for awards.

Wouldn’t you like to join the parade? You can march in costume or not, drive your vintage car, create a float, ride a horse, show off your prize cow or emu, or your pet dog, cat, canary or donkey. To join the parade simply arrive by 9am at the bridge on South Wardsboro Road where there will be someone to greet you and guide you to your place in the parade.

Parking, at $4 per car, will be available in fields on roads entering the town center: on Rte. 100 entering from the north or south, upper Main Street from Jamaica, and on the South Wardsboro Road. Additionally there are four Handicap Accessible spaces provided by the Wardsboro General Store. A shuttle bus is available from some locations.

No amount of “thanks” is enough for the volunteers who continue to offer their time for this event, yet still more is needed. Think about being involved in this great celebration. An hour or two would be great, on the evening before to assist setting up tables, chairs, trash bins etc., or on the day of during or after the event to do what ever is needed to “breaking down”. Contact Chairperson Katryna Fitzpatrick at (802)896-1047 to volunteer; she will find an area where you can help.

Mark your calendar for Thursday July 4th : Street Fair starts at 9am, Parade at 10am and the BBQ service at 11am. Rain or shine, we will celebrate the 4th of July in Wardsboro.


Drop off for White Elephant Sale!

Items for the 4th of July White Elephant sale (which in good repair) can be dropped off on Wednesday evenings June 12th, June 19th, June 26th from 6 to 8:30pm at the Town Garage next to the driveway entrance to the Wardsboro Public Library.


Donations Requested For Library Trustees Annual 4th of July Book Sale

Do you have books you would like to donate? This is a great way to recycle books to make room for new.

The Wardsboro Public Library trustees and volunteers run their annual 4th of July book sale fundraiser on the front lawn of the Library. Proceeds from the sale go toward library expenses not covered by the Town budget, such as the free children and adult programs, books and supplies.

Please bring your book donations to the library, at 170 Main Street. Wardsboro during regular hours or call Jill to arrange alternate drop off time 802 896-6988.


Attention All Wardsboro Artisans!

The 4th of July Committee would like to celebrate the talent in our community during the 70th annual 4th of July Street Fair and Parade. We know Wardsboro is home to artists, crafters, writers, cooks, gardeners and many other creative people. Some do sell or display their creations for others to see while others quietly enjoy their creations on a personal level and share with a close few.

We want to show how proud we are of all of you all. We are asking all interested Wardsboro residents to display a sample of their unique creations in Town Hall during our July 4th celebration.

Darlene Rutnik is compiling an email and/or telephone list so she can reach as many artisans as possible and to explain the details of this event. To join the display of creative talent, call Darlene at 896-6394 or email her at upperpodunk@myfairpoint.net .


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
  • Fishing Derby
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Dunk Tank
  • Basketball Shooting Contest
  • Skate Jam

Music

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)

Skate Boarding
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


Coffee and Donut Cart

along Main Street starting at 8:30AM

Strawberry Shortcake

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

Bake Sale and Homemade Pies

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

BBQ Chicken, Salads & Sides

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

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Fries

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

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@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 at wardsboroparade@gmail.com.

To display a new or vintage quilt in the quilt show, email us at wardsboroparade@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!

Contact Us


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

Follow the Parade on our Facebook Page!