Independence Day - July 3rd

July 3rd is the Capital City's largest festival of the year with many activities happening downtown throughout the day and more than 40 food and craft vendors lining State Street.The fun begin at 3 pm with the Family Olympics on the State House Lawn. After the Olympics, the Montpelier Mile Road Race begins at 6 pm and kicks-off the Parade! After enjoying the parade, join us on the State House Lawn for a music concert and fireworks show! 
PARADE COMPETITION!  Parade Participants are invited to compete in the “The Red, White and Blue goes Green” Parade Competition. Competitors are challenged to create patriotic floats, costumes, decorations and banners showcasing Green Initiatives and/or Artistic Talent.

We are looking for entries that use reclaimed and re-purposed discarded items, and/or items that can be recycled after parade and/or move through the parade using an electric vehicle, animals or people power (pulling, cycling).

 As well, show off your artistic and performance talents through music, dancing, puppeteers, clowns, cyclist, gymnasts -- whatever your talent, we want to see it! There will be two awards: 1. Best Performance Award  2. The Goes Green Award each grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash, post-event press, a trophy and most importantly, bragging rights!

All parade participants MUST submit a parade application regardless of competition participation.  

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Montpelier Alive and Capital Community Church are bringing the Family Olympics back to our 
Independence Day Celebration!

The State House Lawn will explode with excitement. Children and families will be invited to grab streamers, flags and parachutes and dance and sing along during the Opening Ceremony for the 2017 Family Olympics. 

The Olympics will feature mildly competitive games that promote teamwork and build self confidence. Families/Teams will work together to push a 6-foot tall soccer ball through a maze of cones. Children and adults will bounce their way to victory in a bouncy ball relay. Teams will use paddles to row their scooters across the finish line. Other games will include silly versions of tennis, hurdles, the javelin throw and much much more. All participants will receive a medal and be entered in a drawing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes.  The winners of these top prizes will receive a prize basket featuring local products and gift cards, and will be invited to lead the parade through Downtown Montpelier later that day.

The 2017 Family Olympics will also include an Olympic Training Center that will feature huge inflatable obstacle courses, bouncy houses, and inflatable slides; a scavenger hunt through downtown, and an Olympic Podium photo booth.

The day's events will culminate with the Closing Ceremony during which the winners of the Family Olympics will be announced and local Olympians will be honored. The Closing Ceremony will also feature a Bubble Extravaganza during which children and families will attempt to set a state record for the most bubbles blow at one time.

Do you want to feel like an Olympian but didn’t quite make the cut to qualify for the summer Olympics this year? There’s a great opportunity right here in Montpelier this summer to feel like an Olympian…Volunteer! Sign up to give back your time to your favorite home town this summer at this year’s July 3rd Festival. Without volunteers Montpelier Alive couldn’t bring you all the fun and excitement you enjoy each July 3rd (and for other event throughout the year) so sign up and do some good and feel good about giving back…feel like an Olympian.

For questions about volunteering with Montpelier Alive e-mail Jessica Ball, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Food & Craft Vendors

Taste the flavors of the world at this year’s Independence Day festivities. From samosas, falafal, spanikopita, ramen noodles, pizza, and much more from afar, to local maple kettle corn, french fries, hamburgers, pulled pork, and ice cream from Vermont! While you’ll still find your favorite fair foods, we’ve added new food vendors with incredible offerings. Because July 3rd falls on a Sunday, the festival starts on the State House Lawn at 2:00, one hour earlier than usual.  Come hungry!

This event is made possible due to the generosity of our community underwriters and sponsors!

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July 3rd Schedule (Schedule subject to change)


·         2-5:30 p.m. Pop-Up Science Activities, Montshire Museum

2–5:30 p.m. Family Olympics on the Lawn

                    2 p.m. Open Ceremony

                    2:20 p.m. Games Begin

                    5 p.m. Closing Ceremony  & National Anthem, Malanya Johnson

·         2-9 p.m. Dunking Booth hosted by Capital Community Church to benefit the Montpelier Food Pantry

·         5:30 p.m. Capital City Band Performs

·         7:30 p.m. HEADLINE CONCERT: Union Mutual Stage featuring The Full Cleveland

·         5 pm and 9:25 p.m. Malayna Johnson sings the National Anthem

·          9:30 p.m. ★★★ FIREWORKS ★★


·         10 am-4 p.m. Book Sale on the Pavilion Porch featuring steeply discounted titles from the Vermont History Museum Publishing Program

·         noon–6 p.m. Explore Vermont History: Free Museum Day at the Vermont Historical Society

·         noon – 3:00 pm, Patriotic Craft Activity free craft for all ages in the Snelling Room, Vermont History Museum

·         noon reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” steps of City Hall
          Presented by Community Change, Inc. and the Vermont Humanities Council

·         1:30–4 p.m. Family Fun Day & Open Pool, Montpelier Rec Department Pool

·         3–5:30 p.m. Visit the Montpelier Fire Department and take pictures on a fire truck

·         4 p.m. A program of patriotic music will be played by Michael Loris on the historic bells of Trinity Methodist Church

·         4 p.m.–12 a.m. McGillicuddy’s Street Party with the House Band, Langdon Street (music starting at 7 p.m.)

·         5 AND 5:15 p.m. Kellogg Hubbard Library Lawn, Modern Workshop Performance from Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio

·         6 p.m. Montpelier Mile Road Race & PARADE

·         7–11 p.m. Julio’s Dance Party, lot next to Julio’s Cantina

·         9:30 p.m. ★★★ FIREWORKS ★★

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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 DMV side of State Street only. Parade viewing will be great from the State House side of the street.

Can't make it downtown? ORCA Media will be livecasting and streaming the parade! Tune in to channel 15 at 6 p.m. or visit the ORCA Media website.

Festival Information & Emergency Tents
Festival Information and Emergency Tents are located near the Supreme Court. Let your children know that if they get lost, they should go to the Emergency Tent.

Did you know recycling is mandatory in Central Vermont? And by July 1, 2015 recycling is required across the state as part of Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148). Please make every effort to use the trash and recycling bins downtown and during all festivals.
Downtown Montpelier - July 3rd