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Southern Vermont's Oldest Independence Day Celebration

Main Street, Wardsboro, Vermont

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A letter from the  Committee

After much deliberation, it is with great sadness that the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Wardsboro 4th of July Street Fair and Parade due to the continuing COVID-19 virus threat and gathering restrictions currently in place in Vermont.

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The committee has been meeting since January, planning for the 71st annual 4th of July celebration in Wardsboro, with the hopes that this year’s event would be the biggest and best ever, especially since the 4th falls on a Saturday. But the consensus is that the safety and health of those participating in the parade and volunteering to work, as well as the thousands of guests who gather in Wardsboro that day, is a priority over the celebration itself.

Many thanks to everyone who had signed up to volunteer to help with the Street Fair and Parade this year. We hope you will all sign up again for the 2021 4th of July celebration. We will be sure to contact you! The 4th of July committee consists of Katryna Fitzpatrick, Bette Parsons, Lee Miller, Phil Dibble, Pastor Pete Carlson and Darlene Rutnik. Their dedication and enthusiastic support for the 4th, their wisdom, time, talents, and energy is greatly appreciated. See you all next year!

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.

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