In Brattleboro ...
BIKE DECORATING: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its annual 4th of July bike decorating event. Kids may bring their bikes and helmets to the Vermont Inn Pizza parking lot on Canal Street at 9 a.m., join Rec & Parks staff and festive with a variety of decorations before walking in the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Rec & Parks will provide the decorations, tattoos and face painting for the participants. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the parade. Parents of children over the age of 5 can meet at the Common at the end of the parade.
For more information, or if any special needs are required, call 802-254-5808.
MEDICINAL WALK: The Shining Sun Earth Renewal Center is sponsoring the second of a four-part series on medicinal and wild edibles. The presentation, by herbalist Justin Garner of Sweet Flag Medicinals, will take place on Thursday, July 3, at the center in Guilford from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
Bring a snack for before the walk and a potluck dish to share and stay for dinner after.
The cost for the evening is $10 to $15 sliding scale. For more information, call Elise Gunzburg at 802-380-8943.
In Saxtons River...
FOURTH CELEBRATION: With a theme of "A Star-Spangled Fourth," Saxtons River will kick off its annual Independence Day celebration Friday, July 4, with a 5K Firecracker road race at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to the race sponsored by Pleasant Valley Brew Pub, the day’s activities include a street fair highlighted by the firefighters’ water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting and a baseball game featuring a match between the Saxtons River Pirates and the South Burlington Black Sox are on the schedule.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Main Street Arts will be hosting a special showing of the theater curtain created by local artist Michelle Ratté, and the Saxtons River Historical Society will be open.
Grand marshals for the parade are Kim and Eddie Mack. Eddie works at Vermont Academy and sets up the water polo game after the parade.
Food choices at the parade include Thai, Middle Eastern, all-American hot dogs, smoothies and homemade treats. Vendors from the Bellows Farmers’ Market will also be set up along Main Street.
Afternoon activities move to the Saxtons River Rec Area and include swimming, square dancing, a Cornhole game and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends, and music for dancing with the Maverick Street Band, all topped off with fireworks at dusk. There will also be cotton candy and Glo-stix on sale, but other food will be bring-your-own.
This year’s T-shirt is a design by local art teacher Mary Lou Massucco that is based on a photograph taken at a parade several years ago. T-shirts will be on sale at the parade.
The day’s schedule:
-- 7:30 a.m. Race registration
-- 8:30 a.m. 5K Firecracker road race
-- 9 a.m. Kids’ bike decorating and parade line up at Vermont Academy
-- 9:30 a.m. Parade
-- 10 a.m. Street fair, games, music on the bandstand, water polo
-- 1:15 p.m. Saxtons River Pirates vs. So. Burlington Black Sox at Vermont Academy.
-- 5 p.m. Square dancing and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends
-- 6:30 p.m. The Maverick Street Band
-- At dusk, fireworks
Information and updates are available at the Saxtons River Fourth of July page on Facebook.
STREET FAIR AND PARADE: Wardsboro’s 4th of July Street Fair and Parade will be held on Friday, July 4. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m.
From the Art Show and Sale on the library lawn to the Pie & Bake Shop in the town hall, the event has something for everyone. This is the 65th anniversary of the Street Fair and Parade.
Sponsored by the Methodist Church in Wardsboro and assisted by the townsfolk and vacationers in the three villages, the community revels in its old-time, old fashioned Independence Day atmosphere.
This year’s auction will be unusual as it is expected to last no longer than 90 minutes with quality wooden furniture and antiques as well as box lots and other practical items.
Main Street will be lined with 45 to 50 crafters and vendors, food booths, homemade strawberry shortcake in the vestry, art show and book sale on the library lawn. There will be an impressive collection of quilts in the Methodist Church, children’s games, homemade pies and bake shop in the town hall, street musicians, and the parade.
The parade goes through Main Street twice. The book "60 Years of Struttin’ Our Stuff," with 80 pages of past Wardsboro 4th of July parades, will be available for sale.
For more information call 802-896-6141 or see the website at www.4thofjulywardsboro.com.
4TH OF JULY EXHIBIT: The 4th of July Exhibit by the Wardsboro History Group features "Daily Life in Wardsboro in the 1900s." The exhibit features photos that match entries taken from the 1909 Diary of Miss Rena Fitts of the well-known Fitts Farm in West Wardsboro. The farm was owned by the Fitts family since the late 1700s and the beginnings of the town. There will also be photos of other timely events going on in the town during this period.
The History Group’s historic float in the 4th of July parade will feature Miss Rena Fitts at her old sewing machine where she and the other ladies in the family spent many an hour.
The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 4.
FREE MOVIE: On Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m., the Whitingham Free Public Library will be showing a 1942 classic movie starring James Cagney as George M. Cohen. Free popcorn and treats will be available.