Happy Fourth!

Fourth of July in Vermont is full of fireworks, funky parades, and family-friendly events. Vermonters far and wide line the streets and town greens to celebrate the birth of our nation. Read on to see our three favorite Independence Day celebrations and comment below to make a case for your town's party!

Burlington - July 3

Burlington puts on a heck of a show featuring live music from Red Hot Juba and Kat Wright, food vendors galore, the Dan Marcotte Biplane Airshow, and of course the largest fireworks show in Vermont. 100,000 Vermonters and Vacationers line the Waterfront from Oakledge Park to the Community Sailing Center to take in the fantastic show!

Warren - July 4

Photo Credit: Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce

The small town of Warren can lay claim to the funkiest Independence Day Parade in the country, let alone Vermont. In its 70th year, the Warren parade features a flotilla of parade floats built around a yearly theme. This year's theme: Happy Birthday to U.S..

The parade is full of color and of course, politics, as Senator Bernie Sanders often makes an appearance. With 7,000 attendees believed to attend, it is crucial you get there early. Once you've had your fill of July 4th shenanigans, head to Warren Falls for a quick dip in the swimming hole and then wander up to Sugarbush Resort to take in the fireworks in a mountain setting.

Bristol - July 4

Home to the longest-running parade in Vermont, Bristol's Independence Day celebration is considered the most family-friendly. Locals and out-of-towners congregate on the Town Green with food and craft vendors as well as pony rides and games. No mention of Bristol's Fourth of July would be complete without highlighting the Great Bristol Outhouse Race. We won't bother trying to explain it... just check out the video:

What Else Is Happening In Vermont Real Estate

F-35 Next-Gen Fighter Will Have Major Impact on VTANG, South Burlington, & Vermont

Interesting perspective from the Burlington Free Press regarding job creation and loss surrounding the F-35 and VTANG. UVM economist Art Woolf estimates that the Vermont Air National Guard "has more than 1,000 people on its payroll" while Brigadier General David Baczewski (Ret.) suggests that any alternative to the F-35 mission could result in a workforce downsizing to 400 or 100 staff members.

Another Vermont Resort Becomes Epic

If you haven't heard the news, Vail Resorts acquired another Vermont Resort after purchasing Stowe Moutain Resort last season. Okemo, as well as Sunapee in New Hampshire and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. With 165 year-round employees, Okemo is one of the top resorts in Southern Vermont, winning "Best Places to Work in Vermont" from Vermont Business Magazine. It will be interesting to see how the continued expansion of Vail and its Epic Pass impact Vermonters and tourists alike. If there are any Stowe Epic Passholders reading, we would be interested to hear your feedback on this past winter and whether Vail is a good thing or a bad thing for Vermont.

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