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Southern Vermont's Oldest Independence Day Celebration

Main Street, Wardsboro, Vermont

May news release: UPDATE for Event on Monday July 4, 2022 from the Event Committee

The Wardsboro Fourth of July Committee is busy planning the 2022 Wardsboro Street Fair and Parade. Though it will look a bit different again this year we’re making advances towards things being normal and it will still hold all the same quintessential charm it has always had.

Everything will be held outdoors in the fresh air. The vendors will be all Wardsboro Artisans and Crafters who will be showing off their talents and wares. These are some noticeable changes you’ll pick up on for the 2022 celebration. The parade will  be back on Main Street again and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three best floats this year.

If you’re a Wardsboro Community member and are interested in being a vendor please contact Darlene Rutnik at 802-896 6394.

General Information


Sign up to be in the parade, solo or in a group, in costume, riding a classic vehicle or a horse, dog cart, on your own float (!), playing an instrument, waving flags, dancing, clowning, marching, or something fun to help Wardsboro celebrate Independence Day! Free to enter the parade, ribbons in several categories. Call 896-1047.

Parking is in designated lots within a few hundred yards of the parade route. Take the shuttle bus. Please do not park on the roadways. Parking for Universal Access is available - ask the lot attendants. Parking is a $5 donation per car.




(types of events and activities may vary year to year)


Downtown Wardsboro still has that old fashioned feel with the  Annual 4th of July Parade and Street Fair still happening here since 1949. Make your plans to come to Wardsboro on the 4th and enjoy all that there is to offer at the best and longest running Independence Day celebration ever.

The street fair opens at 9am. Over 40 local, creative vendors will line Main Street with their wares ranging from everything imaginable to the unimaginable! – Soaps, Hand knits, Pottery, Jewelry, Wood Carvings, Clocks just to name a few.

Get there early for the luscious home-made strawberry shortcake, which will be served from the church vestry or for hamburgers, hotdogs, fries which will be hot off the grill right outside Town Hall. Pop inside Town Hall to purchase pies of every filling all made by local pie makers. The bake sale will be brimming with goodies also homemade by locals. Coffee and do-nuts will be served and sold from the rolling cart up and down Main Street. The White Elephant Sale will be situated on in front of the garage next to the library and will offer many choice items.

The parade will begin as usual at 10am after the church bell rings and our national anthem is sung. Amazing original and ingenious floats, walkers, and vintage cars plus fire trucks from Wardsboro and other local towns will pass by the reviewing stands and turn around to receive their awards from the judges.

Cool off with some ice cream, which can be found near the children’s Games. The Boy Scouts are running the Children’s games as a fundraiser - so be sure to support them.

Barbecued chicken with all the fixins’ will be served at 11am near Town Hall. Don’t miss the display of new and vintage quilts and which can be found in the Methodist Church.

The Library Trustees annual book sale takes place all day on the library lawn. Their Duck Race in the West River will begin at 2pm.

Volunteers for set-up, clean-up, parking, cashiers, baking, prepping strawberries, trash pick-up, pie making, and servers are always need-ed to help out before during and after this great day. Please say yes if you are called upon even if it is only for an hour of your time. For more information, call event chair Katryna Fitzpatrick (802-896-1047).

Every little bit will help this grand community event be successful, which is sponsored by the Wardsboro Yoked Parish. All proceeds benefit those in need throughout the community.

Read more...> (4 pages, 600KB file) "The Big Fourth" - Feature article from Stratton  Magazine, Summer 2015 issue...>

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