It will be a Fourth to be reckoned with in Lamoille County this Tuesday, with Independence Day celebrations from morning until dusk in Stowe, Morrisville and Cambridge.
Spend all day in one town or pick and choose from parts of all three, although you may have to pick your fireworks carefully, since they all tend to light up the sky shortly after it darkens.
As of press time, the forecast for Tuesday was partly cloudy, which means pack your sunscreen and your rain jacket, because it’s Vermont.
Stowe times two
You’ll need two days to take in all Stowe has to offer for Independence Day, and that doesn’t even take into consideration the town’s two parades on the same day.
• Kicking things off Sunday, July 2, Stowe Mountain Resort will host a Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks, live music, comedy and family fun. The event is free and open to the public, and starts at 2 p.m., with fireworks beginning at dusk.
On July 4 proper, things start on the Moscow side of town, and move late onto Main Street.
Stowe Vibrancy and the town of Stowe’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a parade in Moscow village, an off-kilter, often-humorous event. Don’t be late; the parade’s so short that it doubles back along its route. Fixtures include the Moscow All Men Marching Band, armed with boom boxes, and the Ladies Lawn Chair Brigade, which performs drills with folding chairs.
Back in Stowe village, at 11 a.m., there will be a pie-eating contest, with a final round for winners at 2:30 p.m., although isn’t everyone a winner at a pie-eating contest?
The Stowe “World’s Shortest Marathon” begins at noon at the intersection of Main Street and Mountain Road. At 1.7 miles, the race is accessible to kids and adults of any ability level. It’s also free.
The village parade is at 1 p.m. on Main Street. Get there early to secure a spot.
There are a couple all-day events in Stowe:
• From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is the Old-Fashioned Village Festival, with bands, face painting, live music and a climbing wall.
• And all day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., select stores on Main Street and Mountain Road will participate in Seven Miles of Sales. Check with individual retailers for specific details.
Starting at 6 p.m. and running until dark is Food, Fun, Friends & Fireworks at the Mayo Events Field on Weeks Hill Road with balloons, carnival games, food, laser tag, bounce castles and, of course, fireworks.
Morrisville music and memories
In Morrisville, the annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Community College of Vermont, at the corner of Munson Avenue and Harrel Street. The route will take the parade along Harrel, Brooklyn and Portland streets to Upper Main and then Copley Avenue. The theme this year is “Space.” Registration ends, and lineup begins, at 9 a.m.
To signify the start of the parade, Jacqueline and Veronique Bartlett will sing the National Anthem by the town offices in downtown Morrisville.
Following the parade, the town will also host a rededication ceremony for the refurbished Civil War statue that was returned to its podium last week. Students at Peoples Academy have put together a time capsule replicating some of the old photos of Morrisville with what the town looks like today.
The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks, a group that has been making the Civil War come alive since 1963, will then reenact a gun salute right near the statue.
Things then shift to Oxbow Park with a community baseball at 2 p.m. It’s the fire department versus the rescue squad, and community members are welcome to join in on either side.
The first music event of the day, the Barn McCallister and Fred King Fiddler’s Contest, will begin on the Oxbow Park bandstand at 3:30 p.m., followed by Irish rock band the CopOuts. The band will play right up until the fireworks show at the park at dusk. Food vendors and games will be at the park all day.
The annual Downhill Derby has been cancelled this year, because of a lack of interest and liability issues, but after a different kind of race will keep things rolling after the parade this year. The Morrisville Rotary duck race will take place at Park Street and Copley Avenue.
For more information: morristownvt.org
Cambridge, top to bottom
The Fourth kicks off in Cambridge with a fun run hosted by the Cambridge Community Center at 8 a.m. The annual parade through Jeffersonville starts at 10 a.m.; this year the theme is “A River Runs Through It” and Peter Ingvoldstad is serving as the Grand Marshal. The parade starts at the G.W. Tatro lot on Route 15 and makes a loop through the village before ending at the fields behind Cambridge Elementary School.
The town fair kicks off in those same fields after the parade is over. An awards ceremony for the parade will be held and live music will be provided by Christine Malcolm and Honey I’m Home. The fair will also feature food venders, face painting, games, a silent auction, and a frog jumping contest.
That all runs until 2 p.m., which gives people plenty of time to head up Route 108 to Smuggler’s Notch Resort and find parking — and a choice spot of lawn to spread your blanket — for its annual festivities.
At Smuggs, the fun starts with a barbecue on the village green. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Cambridge Fire Department, which helps put on the feast, and helps set off the fireworks, which go boom at dusk.
Two hours of music and entertainment precede the fireworks, capped off with classic patriotic tunes by the National Guard 40th Army Band.