Family fun on the Fourth: fireworks, footraces and fundraisers!

The chicken BBQ, auction, and white elephant sale hosted by the Shelburne United Methodist Church is a fourth of July tradition in Shelburne.
The chicken BBQ, auction, and white elephant sale hosted by the Shelburne United Methodist Church is a fourth of July tradition in Shelburne.

by Eileen O’Grady
If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate the 4th of July with the whole family, there are several great events in the local area.

In Shelburne:
The United Methodist Church will be hosting their annual 4th of July barbecue and auction from 9:00am-1:00pm on the Church Street front lawn. The celebration will kick off with a bazaar and white elephant sale at 9:00am, followed by the live auction starting at 10:00am and a chicken BBQ lunch at noon. The church invites the community to consider donating “lightly used” items for the event, which will help to fund mission outreach programs. These items can be dropped off at the church any time before the event.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be performing a 4th of July concert at Shelburne Museum. On the program is the 1812 Overture (with fireworks!), as well as music by Brahms, Holst, Verdi, John Williams and Strauss. Gates open at 5:30pm for picnicking, and the concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the VSO website, and will also be on sale at pre-gate prices before the show at The Shelburne Museum Welcome Center from 2-4pm.

In Hinesburg:
Hinesburg’s festivities start on July 3rd with the annual Hilly Hobble Foot Race. This footrace includes a 10k, which starts at the bottom of Buck Hill Road West at 6:30pm, and a 5k that starts in the same place at 7:00pm. There is also a 2k Kid’s Run that will start in front of Good Times Café at 7:10pm. All runners finish at Veteran’s Park. To register for any of the races, come to the Hinesburg Community School at 6:00pm. Participation cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All the proceeds will benefit the Hinesburg fireworks.

Festivities begin at 9am on July 4th at Town Hall with a book sale, a display by the Historical Society, and a silent auction outside under the yellow and white striped tent. Live bluegrass and old time music will be performed in Veteran’s Park by the Vermont band Chasing 440, and there will be an Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Community Alliance Church, in front of the Mason’s Building.

This year the Hinesburg 4th of July Parade has the theme “Happy Days.” Line-up will start at the bottom of Buck Hill Road West at 10am. Judging is at 10:30am, with prizes awarded in 10 categories. The parade begins at 11:00am and travels north through the village, turning on Mechanicsville Road, and ending at the post office. The Grand Marshal is Paul Emmons.
New this year is a beer garden, provided by the Hinesburg Public House and located in their parking lot. This will run from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Fireworks will begin at dusk (about 9:30pm) behind HCS.

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