Fourth of July Celebration

For a schedule and information about this year’s festivities, go to

Every year the Bristol 4th of July committee organizes a celebration of the birth of our nation.  The committee starts meeting in January and is staffed by a dedicated bunch of volunteers who work to ensure that everybody has a good time.

The first the public is aware of the committee and the upcoming celebration is the yearly Chicken BarBQ held in June.  One of the committee members ensures that there is an adequate supply of chicken and all of the trimmings so that if the weather is good there will be a sell out, but there will be many contented local citizens.  This is one of the many activities to raise funds for this event.
July 3rd, provided it is not a Sunday, is the first day full of activities to really kick off the celebration.  In the Rec Park, vendors will set up to do face painting, sell food and promote a generally festive atmosphere.  Sometime after dark, typically between 9 and 9:30 there will be a long and loud fireworks display.  The amount of fireworks rivals what Burlington does.

July 4th starts out with a 5K run. Promptly at 9 am is the Outhouse Races which will celebrate its 33rd running in 2013.  Consisting of 4 heats of 4 ‘outhouses’, the winner from each heat competes in a final race to be declared the Grand Champions.

The parade starts at 10:30 and has been known to run 1 and 1/2 hours long and is the oldest continually held parade in all of Vermont.  Starting at noon on the green are vendors and activities for all ages including great music in the gazebo.

Video featuring the Outhouse Races and the parade:

For more information contact:

Stephen Ayotte – member of the 4th of July Committee
Crystal Palace Victorian Bed & Breakfast