On June 30, 2023

Regional Independence Day & fireworks schedule


Revel in patriotic events throughout Woodstock. From traditional fireworks and barbecues to historic activities and games.  Fireworks begin July 4, at 6 p.m. at Billings Park and surrounding area.


Fireworks will start at dusk at Northwood Park July 2 from 8:30-10 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, July 9.


Fireworks start at dusk on Sunday, July 2 at Okemo in Ludlow. The fireworks are sponsored by the Town of Ludlow, Magis Talc and  William Raveis VT Properties)


On Saturday, July 4, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation will celebrate the birth of the nation as well as its thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on Independence Day, and July 4 has been commemorated at his birthplace in Plymouth Notch for many decades. Honor Coolidge and elevate your Fourth by attending a day of special celebrations at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (3780 Route 100A, Plymouth, Vermont).  

Activities begin at 10  a.m. when the Coolidge Foundation partners with United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to host an official naturalization ceremony. Twenty immigrants hailing from thirteen different countries will become U.S. citizens during this ceremony. Judge J. Garvan Murtha will preside. The public is highly encouraged to attend.

The public is invited to then gather at the Plymouth Notch village green at 12:00 p.m. when a delegation of the Vermont National Guard, including Adjutant General Steven Cray, will lead a march to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery. There, a wreath from the White House will be placed at the President’s gravesite in a brief ceremony with members of the Coolidge family in attendance. President Coolidge’s great-granddaughter Jennifer Sayles Harville will sing the National Anthem, taps will be played, and members of the Coolidge family will read selections from speeches of President Coolidge.

At 1:30 p.m. in Plymouth’s Union Christian Church, famed Coolidge actor Jim Cooke will offer his final performance of “Calvin Coolidge: More than Two Words.” Mr. Cooke first performed this solo act thirty years ago on July 4 in Plymouth. The president’s son, John Coolidge, was in the audience that day and remarked, “The actor did very well with his impersonation.” After thirty years and many more rave reviews, Mr. Cooke is retiring the act this Fourth of July. Arrive early to enjoy Mr. Cooke impersonating President Coolidge one last time.

At 2:30 p.m., the Coolidge Foundation will lead a full-length, group reading of the Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge. This is an annual tradition, and the public is encouraged to join the reading. The reading will take place in the Union Christian Church.  

Other July 4 activities include a chicken barbecue at the site’s restaurant, The Wilder House, cheese making and sampling at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory, and horse-drawn wagon rides with Plymouth resident Fred DePaul. In addition, Fiber Arts in Vermont will showcase textiles in the Wilder Barn and the Plymouth Historical Society will present an exhibit in the One Room Schoolhouse.

The public can tour 12 buildings at the Coolidge Site, which is owned and operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. At the Museum & Education Center, visitors can explore the award-winning permanent exhibit, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. This season’s temporary exhibit, Grace Coolidge: A Glass of Fashion, displays several gowns worn by First Lady Grace Coolidge.

For further information about July 4 programs, or other special events, contact the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, 802-672-3389, or visit the Foundation online at:  CoolidgeFoundation.org.


10 a.m.: Naturalization Ceremony

Noon.: Procession to the Plymouth Cemetery, led by the Vermont National Guard

12:10 p.m.: Cemetery Service at the grave of President Calvin Coolidge

1 p.m.: Chicken barbeque at the Wilder House Restaurant

1:30 p.m.: Jim Cooke’s final performance of “Calvin Coolidge: More than Two Words”

2:30 p.m.: Group reading of The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

All day: Horse-drawn wagon rides with Fred DePaul, Cheese-making and sampling at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory, Tours of the Historic Site, and special exhibits by Fiber Arts in Vermont and the Plymouth Historical Society


Poultney’s July 4 celebration will kick-off in the afternoon of Saturday, July 1 with games, food trucks, performances and fireworks at the elementary school, and continue on Tuesday, July 4 with the Poultney Parade and events on the Bhakta Griswold campus. This parade has to be the longest in the state! It stretches all the way from the East Poultney Green to the elementary school grounds. Independence Day celebrations start at Poultney Elementary School Saturday, July 1 at 3 p.m.  The parade starts Tuesday, July 4 at 10 a.m. with events to follow at the Bhakta Griswold Campus.


Events will be held all day on July 1, with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The winner will be drawn at 6:30 p.m. at the Street Dance. Here is the schedule of events:                                                                                                                                                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Silent Auction, Congregational Church’s Fellowship Hall across from Central Park (closed during parade)  

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.:  Free train rides; start at Brandon Inn (not during parade)  

10 a.m.: Parade starts on Park St., through downtown, ends at Conant Square  

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Runnin’ Wild Jazz Band led by Gene Childers, Central Park Gazebo  

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Free family games, face painting, trampoline. Behind Brandon Inn PLUS Spider Bounce Ride & Mechanical Bull (fee)  

Noon: Little Debbie Swiss Roll eating contest, behind Brandon Inn  

Noon – 7 p.m.: Beer Garden in Green Park, across from Red Clover Ale  

1 p.m.: Duck Race over Neshobe Falls – they go in behind Brandon Inn and good viewing is at Kennedy Park  

3-5 p.m.: Aaron Audet Band at Green Park  

6:30 – Dusk: Street Dance with Jam Man Entertainment in front of Bar Harbor Bank  

Dusk: Fireworks – Downtown Brandon – Visible from within a mile of downtown

Park at American Legion – Route 7, South, Short Walk or Shuttle Bus: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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