June 28, 2012

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Calais: July 7

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Calais: July 7

Calais resident Chris Miller, who hosts some of the town’s Independence Day festivities, notes the small-town, home-spun nature of this event: “The parade goes from Curtis Pond to the Maple Corner Store, turns around, and passes itself, returning to Curtis Pond. The whole parade is an eighth of a mile long, including doubling back.” Calais’s […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Cabot: July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Cabot: July 4

Talk to Wayne and Wendy Barnett of Cabot, and you find out that, not surprisingly for a small town, Cabot’s celebration has been a bit of a family affair. Of the town’s Fourth of July celebration, Wayne says, “My father used to run it, then [Wendy’s] mother ran them; now [Wendy] does.” There’s been a […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Montpelier: July 3

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Montpelier: July 3

“My favorite thing is walking State Street among all the vendors to see who’s selling what,” said Montpelier Alive Executive Director Phayvanh Luekhamhan. “Always look forward to fried dough every year and hot dogs and cotton candy, all [the] usual festival things. . . . I love being in the community and walking around and […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Roxbury: July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Roxbury: July 4

Claire Chomentowski, Roxbury event coordinator, was pleased to hear that Northfield’s town manager, when asked about Fourth of July plans, had said that Northfield had not planned any Independence Day celebrations because they didn’t like to “step on the toes” of Roxbury. Chomentowski is concerned because Roxbury has been known to have the parade and […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Stowe: July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Stowe: July 4

Stowe’s Independence Day celebrations begin in Moscow—the Vermont village, that is—at 10 a.m. with a “very local” parade to the accompaniment of marching music by the local radio station, so roll down your windows and open your car doors. The organizers at Stowe Vibrancy warn, “Be early! It’s a very short parade!” In Stowe village, […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Warren: July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Warren: July 4

Judy Klein of the Valley Chamber of Commerce reassures visitors, “It won’t be as big because it’s in the middle of the week.” She explains, “Some people are afraid to come because it’s so big.” She says she expects “only” about 4,000 people instead of as many as 6,000 if the Fourth comes on a […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Waterbury: June 29 & 30

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Waterbury: June 29 & 30

Patty Meade, one of the event’s organizers, says that in preparation for Waterbury’s upcoming celebration of its 250th anniversary, the town’s Rotary Club took over planning for this year’s Independence Day event, flexing its muscles for the big anniversary next year. Because it’s before July 4, on Friday evening and Saturday, June 29 and 30, […]

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Worcester: July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS: Worcester: July 4

“Sometimes it takes me a month or two after an event to realize I had a really good time,” said Danville’s David Hare, of the Vermont Civil War Hemlocks, who will hold an encampment in Worcester on July 4. “It has taught me a tremendous appreciation for the life of the common Civil War soldier. […]

ESSAY: Our Freedom Comes from Others’ Sacrifice

ESSAY: Our Freedom Comes from Others’ Sacrifice

by Marion Gray There are many days that provoke thoughts of the loss of our hero, Staff Sargent Jamie Gray, killed in action June 7, 2004. Independence Day is certainly one. Most often, we go about our daily lives taking for granted the freedoms for which the men and women of this country from generations […]

ESSAY: Some Americans Are Still Fighting for Independence

ESSAY: Some Americans Are Still Fighting for Independence

by Paij Wadley-Bailey How do I feel about Independence Day? Well, I am somewhat conflicted. My cultural identity is African American/Mexican/Blackfoot, and black anthropologists (Ivan vanSertima, for example) say I’m about 13 percent European descent. (I know from the oral history of my family that we descend from the British; as a matter of fact, […]