Upper Valley Fourth of July events 2023

Lindsay Dearborn, left, reviews her portion of text during a reading of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech,

Lindsay Dearborn, left, reviews her portion of text during a reading of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro," in Lebanon, N.H., Monday, July 4, 2022. Laurel Stavis, of Lebanon, is behind her, also preparing to read. Over 50 people participated in the recitation. ( Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

Published: 07-07-2023 6:01 PM


Brownsville: Dusk, July 3, Ascutney Outdoors, 449 Ski Tow Road.

Claremont: 9:30 p.m., July 5, Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St.

Fairlee/Orford: Dusk, July 4, Lake Morey.

Grafton: Dusk, July 8, Grafton Recreation Field, Prescott Hill Road.

Hartford/Wilder: Between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m., July 4, Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave. (Rain date: July 5)

Hartland: 9 p.m., July 4, Hartland Recreation Center, 9 Route 12.

Lebanon: Around 9:20 p.m., July 4, Storrs Hill Ski Area, 60 Spring St.

Randolph: Dusk, July 3, Farr’s Hill, Elm Street.

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Upper Valley Independence Day celebrations

Sunapee: 9 p.m., July 1, Sunapee Harbor.

Vershire: Dusk, July 1, Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road.

West Windsor: Dusk, July 3, Ascutney Mountain.

Woodstock: Dusk, July 4, Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way.

Woodsville/Wells River: 10 p.m., July 4, Woodsville Community Field, 28 Connecticut St.


Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4

Monday: Live music begins at 6 p.m. at Ascutney Outdoors, 449 Ski Tow Road. Food available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk.

Monday: Activities take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Brownsville-Hartland Road. Pancake breakfast and live music, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Food, music and craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community barn dance, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gala parade, 1:30 p.m. More information: 802-484-3200.


Tuesday, July 5

Festivities take place beginning at 6 p.m. at Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St. Live music by Bassel and the Supernaturals, 50/50 raffle, vendors and food available for purchase. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5. claremontparks.com.

Enfield / Lebanon

Saturday, July 1

Mascoma Lake Boat Parade: 3 p.m. Boats should gather near the rail trail/rope swing in the north end and follow to keep pace with the lead boats. Route goes counter-clockwise around the north end, through the bridge, and then clockwise around the south end. Festive decorations and costumes encouraged. All types of boats welcome. Rain date: Sunday July 2. Mascomalakeassociation.org.


Saturday, July 8

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. at Grafton Recreation Field on Prescott Hill Road. Includes flea market, crafts, parade, food and live music. Fireworks at dusk. 603-523-7700.


Tuesday, July 4

Parade with theme of “Independence Day: Past, Present & Future” starts at 11 a.m. on Route 25A in Orford, then travels along Route 10 across the bridge to Route 5 in Fairlee and ends at the field south of Wing’s Market.

Drive-thru and takeout-only chicken barbecue on the Town Common; and pie and ice cream at the Fairlee Community Church, noon. Live music at Town Common, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fireworks over Lake Morey at dusk. 603-353-4150.


Wednesday, July 5

4th of July Celebration: 5 p.m., Dartmouth Green. Includes live music and food. More information: hanovernh.org/724/Annual-Old-Fashioned-Fourth-of-July-Cele.

The following activities scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, have been canceled: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Hanover High School and ends at Dartmouth Green where activities begin. Includes live entertainment, children’s games, touch-a-truck activities, food, pony rides and an apple pie eating contest. hanovernh.org/724/Annual-Old-Fashioned-Fourth-of-July-Cele.


Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4

Saturday: Frederick Douglass Community Reading:, 11.a.m. Quechee Green gazebo, 70 Village Green. Join or listen to a public reading of of Douglass’ 1852 speech, “What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?” 802-295-1232.

Tuesday: Independence Day Celebration: Gates open at 6 p.m. at Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave., Wilder. Limited parking available. Includes food vendors, children’s activities and live music from The Conniption Fits. Fireworks start between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5. hartford-vt.org.


Tuesday, July 4

Old Home Day and Fourth of July Celebration: Events center around Hartland Recreation Center, 19 Route 12. Tractor pull, 8 a.m. Book sale at the Hartland Public Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade, 10 a.m., followed by vendors and live music. Carlos Ocasio and Frydaddy perform at 7p.m. Fireworks, 9 p.m. hartlandvt.myrec.com.


Tuesday, July 4

Red, White & Blue 6.2 & Fun Run: 5K and 10K races along Rail Trail and Mill Road, 9 a.m. $10-$25. Register: lebanonnh.gov/823/Red-White-Blue-62-and-5K.

Frederick Douglass Community Reading: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Colburn Park bandstand, 51 N. Park St. Listen or read aloud from Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech. Reader signup, 10:30 a.m. Rain location: First Congregational Church. 603-653-5382.

The Flames perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Colburn Park. Fireworks at Storrs Hill Ski Area (60 Spring St.) begin around 9:20 p.m. lebanonnh.gov/1063/July-4th-Celebrations.


Saturday, July 1

Activities center around the Town Common, Route 10. Breakfast at Lyme Congregational Church, 8 to 10 a.m. Parade on the Common with music from Lyme Town Band, 11 a.m. Includes historical tours of the church and bake sale to support Lyme School eighth graders.


Tuesday, July 4

Pancake breakfast in the basement at Plainfield Community Church, 7 to 9 a.m. Strawberry shortcake available outside church from 10 a.m. until sold out.

Parade with the theme “Fourth of July Traditions” begins at 11 a.m. in Plainfield Village along Route 12A. Fireman’s barbecue outside Smith’s Auction House and performance by Rob Oxford follows parade.

Silent Cake Auction at the Historical Society building, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Yard sale and food available for purchase at Blow-Me-Down Grange, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor film screening at Cory Taber Field at dusk.

More information: plainfieldnh.org.


Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4

Monday: Fireworks at dusk at Farr’s Hill, off Elm Street. Limited parking onsite for $5 per car donation to Randolph Village Fire Department.

Tuesday: Parade, with theme of “Celebrate and Go 4th!” begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street and ends at Town Recreation Field, 25 School St. Post Parade Festival, which ends at 3 p.m., includes live music, activities for children and free swimming at town pool. Food available for purchase. whiterivervalleychamber.com.


Saturday, July 1

Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around the Common, 10 Brook Road. Road race, 9:30 a.m.; parade, 11:30 a.m.; frog jumping contest, noon; games, noon to 2 p.m. Art exhibit at Morrill Homestead. Most activities free; some cost money. Strafford Volunteer Fire & Rescue is hosting its annual chicken BBQ in the Strafford Village Historic District at 5 p.m. Meals include half a chicken, creamed corn, salad, roll, drink and homemade dessert for $12.


Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1

Watermelon race at 6 p.m. on Friday, Maple Street. Parade, 12 p.m. on Saturday at Sunapee Harbor; music at the Ben Mere bandstand, 5 to 7 p.m.; and fireworks, 9 p.m., over the harbor.


Saturday, July 1

Activities take place around Vershire Town Center, 27 Vershire Center Road. 5K fun run, 9 a.m. Bake sale, 2 to 4 p.m. Chicken barbecue, 3 to 6 p.m. Bounce house, dunk tank, field games and kickball, 4 p.m. Wood-fired pizza and live music from Ted Mortimer & Band, 7 p.m.  Fireworks at dusk. vershare.org. 


Tuesday, July 4

In the village of Brownsville, there will be a pancake breakfast and live music from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., follow by more music, food and crafts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A community barn dance is to be held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The town’s annual July 4 parade starts at 1:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 4

Let Precision Ring! Fourth of July Cookout: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Precision Museum, 196 Main St. Features American Revolution-themed activities for kids and a special appearance by collaborative robot, Cobi. Donations welcome. americanprecision.org.

WOODSTOCKTuesday, July 4

Fourth of July on the farm: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. $10-$17, children under 4 free. Includes lawn games, crafts for the kids, youth and adult spelling bees, historic “base ball,” live music and food available for purchase. Billingsfarm.org/events/4th-on-the-farm.

Crafts, games, touch-a-truck, cookout and ice cream beginning at 6 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School, 100 Amsden Way. Fireworks at dusk. woodstockvt.com/events/4th-of-july-fireworks-2023.


Tuesday, July 4

Parade with the theme “Party Like It’s 1776!” begins at 11 a.m. at Woodsville Elementary School and Montebello Street and travels along Route 302/Central Street before crossing Veterans Memorial Bridge to Wells River, where it ends.

Activities at Woodsville Community Field (28 Connecticut St.) include: flea market, 9 a.m.; bounce houses and other amusements at noon; live music by The Blue Rooster Band, bingo tent, dunk tank and food vendors. Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Wells River, but the best place to view them is from the Community Field in Woodsville. wwr4th.org.

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