BRATTLEBORO >> Organizers of Brattleboro's Independence Day celebration are inviting the public to participate in the parade and help pay for fireworks for the town's 43rd annual free family event.

The "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee will mark July 4 with a morning march downtown and afternoon and evening of sports, concerts and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Marching units set to include bands, veterans and civic and youth groups will kick off July 4 at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal Street and Main Street to the town Common.

After, the town Recreation & Parks Department will offer a series of public concerts, sporting events and family activities at Living Memorial Park throughout the afternoon and evening until the start of fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

People interested in marching in the parade must register by Saturday, June 25, with applications available by emailing

Organizers also are seeking traffic volunteers to stand at intersections along Canal Street a half-hour before the parade's start, with more information available by calling 802-251-7466.

All programs are free thanks to citizen, civic and corporate donations. People can give through a link on the Brattleboro Savings & Loan Facebook page or by mailing donations to "Brattleboro Goes Fourth," P.O. Box 1112, Brattleboro, VT 05302.


People wanting more information can log onto the Brattleboro Goes Fourth Facebook page — — or email