Warren 4th of July Parade and Festivities
Saturday, July 4, 2020
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For the 72nd consecutive year, we celebrate our independence with a wild, wacky, and wickedly fun parade, street dance, and family festivities at the Warren 4th of July Parade and Festivities! Parade starts at 10 AM. Main Street in Warren closes at 8:30am SHARP. This event is produced by the Mad River Valley Rotary Club.
Free Shuttle Buses are running from 8am until 4pm via Sugarbush Access Rd. Satellite parking for free and FREQUENT bus pick up is at Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush. But, arrive early so as not to miss any of the fun!
There is also parking along the perimeter of Brooks Field at the Elementary School, with a short stroll down the Warren Village Path to Brook Road- right on the parade route. Access the School Rd. via East Warren Rd from Waitsfield (north), or Plunkton Rd from Granville (south).
Food Vendors are lining up, including local organic food providers like American Flatbread, Skinny Pancake, Scout’s Honor, Grace’s Tamale, Yak Cart, MRV Rotary Hot Dogs, and Cornerstone Pub will host a beer and wine garden (and Loaded Taters!) at Brooks Field (Warren Elementary School field) following the parade.
Live Music will begin following the parade- with Sklarkestra, led by Bruce Sklar and friends at the Warren Store porch for the big street dance and Mad Mountain Scramblers at Brooks Field (elementary school), a short walk from the village on the Mad River Path.
Kids’ Fun: Free, supervised kids’ activities at Brooks Field following the parade at the elementary school. Use the Warren village path from the village to the school. Events, food and music begin following the parade and last until the energy wanes.
Grand Marshal: Win Smith, President and former owner of Sugarbush Resort
The Theme: UNITED WE STAND
Floats: No need to register. Arrive at the south end of Warren Village’s Main Street by 9am. (TIP: enter by SOUTH Main Street – south of Covered Bridge Rd – and get in line). You will be facing in the correct direction. Parade starter will put you in place as you move forward once parade begins.
Vendors: There is limited space for food vendors remaining for 2020
Handicap Parking: Parking placard required. In all cases, vehicle must be in the village before 8:30am. Parking at the Municipal/Church parking in the center of town (behind the fire station). Limited parking available at the “grist stone” commuter parking at the north end of Main St. Lots of parking at the Warren School, though 6/10 mile trek to the village. 4-wheeled transport utility vehicles available by chance. If you ask a security person, they can relay to the drivers to come to your location. Note that these vehicles and personnel are doing parade prep, so you may have to wait….
Fireworks: Dusk at Sugarbush Resort on Saturday, July 4
Find your Buddy and win a matching pair of prizes! Sponsored by WDEV Radio Vermont Group, help to make the day’s events free to all (parade, dance, shuttle bus, kids’ activities) with a donation of $1 or more at the gates to town. For your $1 donation you will receive a Buddy Badge numbered between 1-3000. Every badge has a match….somewhere in Warren. Find your buddy and run to the Gazebo in the village and get a pair of matching prizes donated by local merchants (while they last!). It may be a ski pass or it may be a cookie. It may even be tickets to Grace Potter’s Grand Point North show in Burlington. You’ll just have to see how lucky you are! Over $5000 in prizes will be given away, thanks to local merchants!
The Parade Boss strongly discourages bringing dogs to the parade. Please leave them home (not in the car) for the day. They won’t have nearly as much fun as you at the parade. If you MUST bring a dog, please supply adequate water and keep them leashed at all times. Please keep horses at home, too!
Sponsors: The event could not be made possible without the generous support of the taxpayers of Warren and the members of the Chamber of Commerce, along with these corporate sponsors: Waitsfield Telecom, WDEV Radio, Sugarbush Resort, Mad River Glen, Casella Waste Services, Jamieson Insurance and Karl Klein, Broker.
Events continue at Sugarbush all afternoon culminating with Fireworks at dark.
Questions should be directed HERE, or call 802-498-8545.
8 a.m.: Vendors must have arrived in Warren preparing for setup. Brooks Field vendors may set up the night before if they wish.
8 a.m.: Mad Bus begins running from Lincoln Peak (Sugarbush) until 4 p.m. Pick-up after the parade is at Covered Bridge Road and Route 100. There are no other satellite parking areas. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE – BOARD EARLY BUSES!
8:30 a.m.: Main Street Warren closed to vehicles at north Main Street entrance to the intersection of South Main Street and Covered Bridge Road, intersection of Brook Road and School Road to Main Street and the intersection of Fuller Hill and Main Street. Only emergency and pre-authorized traffic will be allowed through.
Parking for individuals with disabilities will be at municipal building and at the grist stone/commuter parking area. Handicap parking placard must be clearly displayed. Arrive BEFORE 8:30am.
Parking on roads accessing Warren Village will be limited to one side only to allow access for emergency vehicles. Please use satellite parking at Sugarbush and utilize free shuttle.
8:30 a.m.-9:00a.m.: Floats should arrive by this time, entering the village from South Main Street and Route 100 (not Covered Bridge Road) and line up in the order you arrive or as assigned by the Float Patrol. Floats and marchers should be respectful of Float Patrol and stay in the order assigned.
8:15 a.m.: Buddy Badges go on sale for $1 entry fee donation at each gate into town and chance to win a prize if you spot your matching number. All proceeds collected go to support the event, so donations over $1 are welcome! Be generous! If you didn’t get a badge at the gate, find Parade Chief Susan Klein roaming Main Street selling badges. Dozens of pairs of prizes have been donated by generous residents and business owners, to which we are indebted.
10 a.m.: Parade starts with cannon boom
11:15 a.m.: Parade winds down, Bruce Sklar and his Slarkestra (sponsored by Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, Sugarbush & Mad River Glen) warm up on the porch of The Warren Store and the street dance begins.
Noon-ish: Take the Warren Village Path from Brook Road to the elementary school for kids’ activities at the school (Brooks Field) led by KidVentures with music by Mad Mountain Scramblers (both sponsored by Jamieson Insurance and Karl Klein, Broker/Realtor) Listen to the tunes and enjoy refreshments as Cornerstone Pub sells beer in the designated beer garden. Food vendors begin serving food.
There is no alcohol allowed in Warren Village, with the rule strictly enforced by security personnel. Please respect the rules.
Limited street opening as crowds disburse. Warren Village Main Street from intersection of Brook Road south to Flat Iron Road will remain closed until band is done and street is swept.
Noon: Sugarbush opens disc golf, lift-served mountain biking, zipline, BBQ, live music, kids’ activities and more.
3 p.m.: Warren Village and Brooks Field activities wind down, streets re-open.
4 p.m.: Mad Bus ends its free shuttle service to Lincoln Peak.
6 p.m.: The fun and activities continue at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak for the evening.
9:15 +/-: Fireworks at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak. Arrive early, sit back and oooohhh and ahhhhhh.