4th of July Activities and Fireworks Around the Upper Valley
While this is from 2017, you can still see the type of activities that we do.

Morning Activities

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Plainfield -Pancake Breakfast at Plainfield Community Church from 7:30 am - 9:00 am. Admission by donation.

Brownsville - There will be a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Brownsville Church. At 8 a.m., a Mary L. Blood Library book sale.

Woodstock – 8:30 am 39th Annual John Langhans 7.1 Green Mile Road Race on the Green in Woodstock. Register to walk or run at active.com.


E. Corinth - The parade starts at 9 am.

Hanover - The parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Dartmouth Green.

Randolph - Parade through downtown starts at 10 a.m.

Orford-Fairlee – The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Rivendell Middle School, then goes north on Route 10, over the bridge and south on Route 5 to south of Wing's Market.

Hartland – Parade starts at 11.

Grantham - Parade starts at 11 and goes down Route 10 South starting at Yankee Barn Road and ends at the Town Hall.

Plainfield - Parade starts at 11 am on Rt. 12A. 

West Windsor - At noon, the annual parade “Our American Heroes” will start. The parade will stage on the Hartland-Brownsville Road near the Cemetery at 11 a.m. Veterans are invited to walk or ride in the Parade.


Mid Morning and Afternoon Activities

Woodstock - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Billings Farm Celebrates Old Vermont.  Listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, a spelling bee or a historic debate.  You can also enjoy a wagon ride, make an 1890 flag, participate in a sack race and more.

Plymouth, VT – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 20 people become American citizens at a Naturalization ceremony at 10 am.  At noon, the Vermont National Guard leads a march to honor Pres. Coolidge’s gravesite. In the afternoon enjoy an old-time string band, barbecue, historic craft demonstrations, wagon rides, and more.

Quechee– VINS has Bald Eagle Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the Bald Eagle, create eagle crafts, and more.

West Windsor – There will be community games at the Albert Bridge School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A white elephant and food sale will be in the Town Hall.  There will be live music at the Library. 

Enfield - Shaker Museum’s Patriotic Sing-A-Long and Pie Sale –11 am Sing patriotic songs in the Mary Keane Chapel with Organists George and Donna Butler. Veterans are invited to come in uniform.  There will be refreshments.  Homemade pies will be for sale.

Grantham -  Old Home Day Celebration at the Grantham Recreational Park, 19 Shedd Rd. Free. The Grantham Fire Department will be serving their BBQ Chicken.  There will be games and a bounce house.  Entertainment will include a reptile exhibition from 12-1:30, 12:30pm a performance by The Magic Trunk featuring professional Actress/Ventriloquist/Comedian Sylvia Fletcher and a Drone show at 2 pm jaw dropping stunts.

Hanover - 25th Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July – After the parade enjoy a day of old-fashioned games including pony rides, a pie eating contest, face painting, three-legged races and water balloon toss.

East Corinth - 11- 2:00 pm on Village Road. East Corinth Congregational Church hosts its 71st annual Fourth of July celebration. Chicken barbecue starts at 11 a.m. (adults $10, children $6; takeout chicken halves $6).  There will be a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music by the Turnip Truck Band, food, children's games and face painting.

Plainfield - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. At the field by Smith’s Action on Main St. in Plainfield. $5 Strawberry Shortcake will be sold: homemade biscuits -and whipped cream, Edgewater berries. Served after the Fourth of July parade until sold out. Sponsored by Plainfield Community Church.

Randolph - A street festival begins after the parade and continues until 2 p.m. Swim at the town pool for free from 1-5 p.m. The Randolph Historical Society Museum will  be open from 1-3 p.m.

Orford-Fairlee - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm This year's theme is "1917: The Yanks Are Coming." Fairlee hosts flag raising and singing of the National Anthem following the parade. Chicken barbecue will be hosted by the Fairlee Fire Department.  There will be pie and ice cream by the Fairlee Community Church. Enjoy live music. Fireworks at dusk over Lake Morey.


Evening Activities and Fireworks

Woodstock Union High School  - 6 pm – 10 pm Games, activities, cookout, picnic, then fireworks at dusk.

Hartford - Annual 4th of July Fireworks Festival: 6 p.m., in Kilowatt Park. There will be live music, food and entertainment for the whole family. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Hartland - Old Home Day: The day starts with a Tractor pull. Vendors and entertainment will be set up behind the Rec Center after the parade. Live entertainment by the Moonlighters Big Band starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks are held at 9 p.m.

Canaan – Motorclub Racetrack will hold fireworks at dusk.

Lebanon - Enjoy a concert by “The Flames” at Coburn Park at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. from Storrs Hill Ski Area.

Other Family Ideas for the Summer:

You can also check out family activities at your local library calendars I made for the month of June and July here.   Looking for a different way to experience the Montshire?  Try activity cards, which you can learn about here.  Just looking for new places to walk?  I have a lot of walks posted with pictures here.

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