Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Chittenden County this July


Busy Btown here again, reporting for the BurlingtonVT Moms Blog with some family-friendly weekend events around Chittenden County for the month of July. 

The month of July kicks off the way it does every year… with a BANG! Well, with a lot of bangs, actually. And pops. And whizzes. And “oohs” and “ahs”. You get the point. It’s time for fireworks! It’s always fun for the kids and adults (not so much for the dogs). Since July 4th falls on a Thursday this year, below you’ll find events on Wednesday the 3rd and Thursday the 4th, as well as our regular weekend round-up. 

Hopefully, some of you get a long weekend to enjoy summer in its full glory. And since summer is officially here, and I know the beach is probably high on your list of to-do’s, let me break out my obligatory PSA to carry some sunscreen while you sample those sunrays. (Here is where you say, “Yes, mom” and give me your best eye roll.) I’ve made a handy graphic of the beaches around Chittenden County, so if you feel so inclined, you can tour them all! BVTMB also put together this comprehensive list of pools and swimming holes throughout the state.Beaches in Chittenden County

Okay, with that out of the way, here are your Independence Day festivities and family-friendly weekend events for the month of July:fireworks celebration

July 3rd

Burlington’s Independence Day Celebration
Where: Waterfront Park, Burlington
When: 5pm through Dusk
Festivities begin at 5pm with food vendors at the Waterfront and Perkins Pier. Face painting by HyperFocus Art begins at 6pm, followed by a live music performance from Red Hot Juba. From 7-9:30pm, catch the Burlington Concert Band at Battery Park. From 8:30-8:45pm, see the Dan Marcotte Airshows Biplane Show at the Waterfront. Fireworks commence at dusk, followed by another live music performance from High Summer. 

Williston July 4th Celebration
Where: Various, Williston
When: starting at 4pm
On July 3rd, Williston kicks-off celebrations with a library book sale, Firecracker 5K Fun Run, ice cream social, and town band concert. 

Summer Concert Series
Where: Mills Riverside Park, Underhill
When: 6pm-8pm
Join this regular summer event to listen to free music while you relax in this beautiful park. 

Pizza & Ice Cream in the Park
Where: Maple Street Park & Pool, Essex Junction
When: 4pm-7pm
Join Essex Junction Parks and Recreation in the Maple Street Park parking lot for their weekly summer pizza and ice cream. Rocky’s Pizza and Dudley’s Delights ice cream truck will be there selling food, weather permitting. 

Hinesburg July 4th Celebration
Where: Various, Hinesburg
When: 5pm-8pm
Celebrations kick off on Wednesday with a Carpenter Carse book sale at Town Hall. There will also be a plant sale and strawberry shortcake at the Rock Wall. A race for all ages (2k/5k/10k) will take place between 6:30pm-7:30pm, and finishes in Veteran’s Park.  

Winooski Wednesday: TUFA and the Pride
Where: Rotary Park, Winooski
When: 6pm-8pm
Winooski Recreation and Parks hosts this Winooski Wednesday free music event in the Rotary Park, with TUFA and the Pride. Free meals are provided for kids 18 and under, and there will be a cash-only beer garden courtesy of The Monkey House. 

July 4th

Colchester 4th of July
Where: Various, Colchester
When: 8:15am through Dusk
Activities run through the day, starting with a 5K Fun Run at Union Memorial School. The parade starts at 11am at Colchester High School, and heads down Blakely Road. Bayside Beach will be open from 10am-6pm for swimming. You can rent paddleboards, kayaks, and pedal boats from Bayside Paddle Sports, or rent the Bayside Inflatable Water Park. Food trucks will be available from 5pm to close, and there will be live music from 6:45pm-8:45pm. Fireworks start at dusk at the Bayside Softball Field. 

Bayside Beach Inflatable Water Park
Bayside Beach and Inflatable Water Park // Photo by Busy Btown

Maple Street 4th of July Celebration
Where: Maple Street Park & Pool, Essex Junction
When: 6pm-10pm
Join the 26th annual 4th of July celebration at Maple Street Park. This event is free,and includes live music, a mini fun town with bbouncycastle and obstacle course, face painting, balloon sculpting, and various food vendors. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. 

Milton July 4th Independence Day
Where: Bombardier Park West, Milton
When: 11am; 6pm-9:30pm
Watch the Grand Parade at 11am as it runs down Herrick Ave to Bombardier Park West. Starting at 6pm, food will be available from various food vendors, including Matt Mullen and KC’s Red Hots. Music from the Milton Community Band will perform from 7:30pm-9:30pm, followed by fireworks.

Richmond 4th of July Community Celebration
Where: Various, Richmond
When: 10:30am-10pm
The celebration starts with a free Fun Run at Richmond Elementary at 10:30am and is followed by a parade that begins just after Harrington’s on Main Street. Directly following the parade, you’ll find food, music, kids games, a car show, flea market, and bingo in the park. Fireworks start at dusk. 

Williston July 4th Celebration
Where: Various, Williston
When: 9am through Dusk
On July 4th, celebrations in Williston continue with a parade on Williston Road, activities and vendors on the Village Green, music, and fireworks at Allen Brook School.

Hinesburg Town Fireworks
Where: Various, Hinesburg
When: 9am through Dusk
A full day of activities starts with a book sale at Town Hall, followed by a parade along Route 116 starting at 11am. Hinesburg Public House will have a lawn party with music, food and beverages starting at 3pm. Fireworks will take place at dusk behind HCS. Food vendors will be on site in the parking lot, including Mac’s Sugar Shack, Ken’s Famous Fried Dough, Alex’s Iced Tea, and Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream. 

Fourth of July on the Common
Where: Westford Common, Westford
When: 11am through Dusk
Meet on the Westford Common for a town parade, music, food vendors, duck races, and kids games. 

July 5th

Free First Friday Eve featuring The Big Takeover & Tracie Hotchner
Where: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
When: 5pm-7:30pm
Join Shelburne Museum for live music, and enjoy lawn games and food trucks. Museum entrance is free, so you can explore the entire grounds, or simply relax and picnic with your family.

Boy eating ice cream
Picnic at Shelburne Museum // Photo by Busy Btown

July 5th-7th

Circus Smirkus “Carnival”
Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction
When: Various
Circus Smirkus presents this year’s theme, the great American Carnival. Watch troupers run for their lives through a haunted mansion, balance through a house of fun, find romance in the tunnel of love, and more. 

July 7th

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Where: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington
When: 9am-10am
ECHO offers free admission for families with sensory-processing differences, autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities. Sensory adjustments are only between 9am-10am, but families can stay as long as they like. 

July 14th

Circus Palooza!
Where: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
When: 10am-3pm
Games, tours, music, circus performances… Visit Shelburne Museum for the day and see circus stars Johnny Peers and Muttville Comix. All performances and activities are included with general admission (free for members). 

Shelburne Museum
Red Barn at the Shelburne Museum // Photo by Busy Btown

LGBTQ Family Picnic
Where: Maple Street Park & Pool, Essex Junction
When: 3pm-5pm
The Pride Center of Vermont is hosting a picnic for LGBTQ+ families in the Maple Street Park pavilion. They will provide hamburgers & hot dogs, vegetarian options, juice and seltzer, and the event will be held rain or shine. RSVP requested.

July 19th-20th

ECHO’s Fizzy Fest
Where: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington
When: 10am-5pm
This summertime festival provides one of the messiest science shows of the year, with hands-on activities to explore bubbles, ooze, carbonated beverages, and a lot of foam! Open to all ages. 

July 21st

Farm to Ballet
Where: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
When: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Watch a full-length ballet performance that tells the story of a Vermont farm, from spring to fall. Bring your own picnic, or purchase food fresh from the farm to enjoy while you watch. 

Lord Huron – Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on The Green
Where: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
When: 7pm
Kids 12 and under are free to this music event at Shelburne Museum, with Lord Huron and special guests Bully. This is part of the Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on The Green series. Blankets and food are permitted, but no glass, pets or outside alcohol. The event is rain or shine. 

July 25th-28th

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Where: Burlington Waterfront, Burlington
When: Various
It’s all about the water at this weekend-long family-friendly festival. Explore the waterfront, see boat demonstrations, enjoy local food, live music, hands-on exhibits, and more. 

July 26th-27th

Tumble Down
Where: Burlington Waterfront, Burlington
When: 3pm-11pm
Children 12 and under are admitted free to this Twiddle music event, part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Food is available for purchase. 

July 27th

Star Wars Night!
Where: Centennial Field, Burlington
When: 5pm
Catch a Lake Monsters game against the Brooklyn Cyclones at Centennial Field on Star Wars Night. There will be fireworks after the game. 

Lake Monsters Mascot Champ
Lake Monsters Champ // Photo by Busy Btown

Float-A-Palooza 2019
Where: Richmond
When: 10am-6pm
Spend a fun day on the Winooski River. Start the day at 10am with live music. At the halfway point, stop for food from Big D’s World. Tickets are required. 

The Old North End Ramble 2019
Where: Old North End, Burlington
When: 8:30am-11:55pm
This year’s theme is “The Golden Years”. At this free, annual arts festival, celebrate the creativity and community of the Old North End with live music, food vendors, a talent show, free ice cream, yard sales, yoga, art installations, and more. 

July 28th

Big Tiny Love: A Festival for Kids
Where: Waterfront Park, Burlington
When: 10am-3pm
This year marks the 2nd annual Big Tiny Love Festival for kids at the Burlington Waterfront. This free family-friendly event is part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, and features the music of Mister Chris and Friends, Ukulele Kids with Joe Beaird, Hokum Bros., and more. 

Mister Chris and Friends
Mister Chris and Friends // Photo by Busy Btown

Every Friday

ArtsRiot Truck Stop
Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington
When: 5pm-10pm
Enjoy free entry to this popular outdoor block party, featuring food trucks, live DJs, outdoor entertainment, and adult beverages from Citizen Cider and Fiddlehead Brewing Company. 

Need more ideas? Want to add anything to our list of family-friendly weekend events this July? Check out Busy Btown for other things to do. You’ll find a calendar of weekly farmers markets and a list of beaches around Chittenden County!


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