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Celebrate July 4 in Woodstock, activities all day

Tuesday, July 4—WOODSTOCK—Celebrate Tuesday, July 4 in Woodstock, rain or shine!

Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 41st annual John Langhans 7.1 Green Mile Road Race and Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Spectrum Teen Center. Runners and walkers will enjoy a challenging course through Woodstock, starting and finishing at the Village Green. The Kids Fun Run (for age 10 and under) is a short loop around the Village Green. To register, visit $30 for runners and walkers by July 3; $35 on race day (includes a cool t-shirt). Check-in/same day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  Runners and walkers start at 8:30 a.m.; Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. (no registration necessary). Post-race festivities include music, division awards, and an award for the most patriotic costume. The Kids Fun Run is free and all kids receive a finisher’s metal.

Billings Farm & Museum’s Old Vermont 4th Celebration runs 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can make their own 43-star flag, Uncle Sam bookmarks, presidential silhouettes, fireworks stencils, and compete in sack races, crank fresh strawberry ice cream, and enjoy a wagon ride. The reading of the Declaration of Independence will occur at noon. At 1 p.m., there will be a women’s debate of the topic: “Is the production of great works of literature favored by the conditions of modern civilized life?” Adults and older students can test their 19th century vocabulary skills in a spirited spelling bee. Visit for more information.

The excitement continues at the Woodstock Union High School at 6 p.m. with fun children’s activities, and VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society returns with a variety of games for kids and adults and glow products. The WUHS Alumni Association will be operating the barbecue tent and cookout, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausages, drinks, desserts and more. The Lazy Cow Vermont will be serving Vermont made ice cream.

The BorderStone Band will perform from 6-9:15 p.m., playing a variety of music genres.  The Ora E. Paul American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 220 will perform a flag ceremony at 7 p.m. Capping off the evening is a spectacular July 4 fireworks display, at dusk.

Photo courtesy of BFM Staff

Kids participate in old-time games like sack races, at Billings Farm’s annual Old Vermont Fourth celebration.

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