BRATTLEBORO >> The "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee invites the public to the town's 43rd annual Independence Day celebration, set for Monday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.
Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.
Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which is sponsoring the parade for a second year, will lead the march with its giant American flag, while local personality Alfred Hughes Jr. will conclude the event by debuting his annual top-secret ensemble.
BCTV will air the parade live on local cable television channel 8 and online at brattleborotv.org, with commentary by longtime broadcasters Tim Johnson and Larry Smith.
After, the town Recreation & Parks Department will offer a series of public concerts, sporting events and family activities at Living Memorial Park — just off Western Avenue and Interstate 91 Exit 2 — from 2 p.m. to the start of fireworks (by Northstar, a Vermont-owned company) at 9:30 p.m.
Highlights include a New England Center for Circus Arts performance at 5:45 p.m., children's concert by Vic and Sticks at 6:30 p.m., and the Wyld Nightz Band playing classic rock and roll at 7 p.m.
All programs are free thanks to citizen, civic and corporate donations, including major supporters at the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S. Precision Inc., Holstein Association, The Richards Group and Sovernet Communications.
The event also is supported by fireworks fundraising partner Brattleboro Savings & Loan and sponsors at the American Legion Brattleboro Post 5, Brown and Roberts Hardware, Dead River Company, Mondo Mediaworks, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters and Vermont Country Deli.
The schedule for Monday morning activities in Brattleboro is as follows:
• 9:30 a.m.: Bill Powers Memorial Firecracker 4-Miler. For more information, log onto https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/Brattleboro/BillPowersMemorialFirecracker4Miler
• 10 a.m.: Parade, Canal to Main Street to Common (children can decorate bikes at 9 a.m. at Vermont Inn Pizza on 228 Canal St.)
Living Memorial Park
• 2-9:30 p.m.: Food and family activities
• 2-3:30 p.m.: Children's penny carnival with face painting and games
• 2:30 p.m.: Small Fry baseball all-star game
• 3 p.m.: Swim races
• 5:45 p.m.: New England Center for Circus Arts performance. For more, log onto necenterforcircusarts.org
• 6:30 p.m.: Children's concert by Vic and Sticks. For more, log onto www.vicandsticks.com
• 7-9:30 p.m.: Wyld Nightz Band playing classic rock and roll. For more, log onto www.wyldnightzband.com
• 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks by Northstar, a Vermont-owned company based in Montpelier