2021 Warren 4th of July Parade and Festivities

2021 Warren 4th of July + Parade is ON!

2021 THEME: HEROES AMONG US … celebrating our local essential workers.

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COVID NOTE: While masks and distancing are not required, they are recommended. Please respect the space of others and use Covid-safe protocols. We want our guests to feel safe as we learn to live in our “new normal”. If one is concerned, please consider listening to the broadcast on WDEV or watch on MRVTV. We want everyone to have a great time! Please direct questions to info@warren4thofjuly.com


Would you like to be an individual donor/sponsor for the 2021 Parade to help offset expenses of the day?? We would love for you to show YOUR love with a donation! By clicking here: https://bit.ly/3il9OVf and making a donation of $10 or more through the Town of Warren website (please choose “Utilities/Other) you will make the day one to remember!  Please note, the credit card processing fee must be passed on to you, sorry about that – but there is no workaround. 🙁

Alternately, you can send a check in any amount (mark “4th of July Parade” in the memo) payable to Town of Warren, PO Box 337, Warren VT 05674.  Thank you!


For the 72nd-almost-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 on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Main Street in Warren closes at 8:30am SHARP. This event is produced by the Mad River Valley Rotary Club. Information in red, below indicates new info for 2021 event.

There will be no Buddy Badges sold at the gates (no prizes), no post-parade activities at Brooks Field and no Madbus service for 2021.

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 no remaining space for food vendors  for 2021

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 Sunday, July 4

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 2021 event could not be made possible without the generous support of the taxpayers of Warren and Christopher Stone, George Dorsey, Warren Store, Pitcher Inn and WDEV . Thanks also to members of the Chamber of Commerce, along with these prior year corporate sponsors: Waitsfield TelecomWDEV RadioSugarbush Resort, Mad River GlenCasella Waste Services, Jamieson Insurance and Karl Klein, Broker.

Questions should be directed HERE, (email is preferred) or leave a message with your question at 802-498-8545 and Susan will call you as soon as she can.


TIMELINE:

8 a.m.: Vendors must have arrived in Warren preparing for setup.

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!  NO BUS SERVICE FOR 2021. Please park in the “usual places” where it is safe and no wheels are in the driving lane. Since there are no post-parade activities at the Warren Elementary School, there is substantial parking there. Please follow direction of parking attendants and utilize the path behind the school to access the village.

8:30 a.m.: Main Street Warren closed reduced to one way traffic inbound at north Main Street entrance to the intersection of South Main Street and Covered Bridge Road, intersection of Brook Road and School Road is open to incoming traffic from Rt 100 to the Elementary School for purposes of parking. Follow security personnel instructions. to Main Street and the intersection of Fuller Hill and Main Street. Only emergency and pre-authorized traffic will be allowed through. Cars will be allowed to leave Warren Elementary School after the parade. Northbound traffic is requested to utilize Brook Rd to East Warren Rd. Further instructions forthcoming.

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.

10 a.m.: Parade starts with cannon boom

11:15 a.m.: Parade winds down, Bruce Sklar and his Slarkestra warm up on the porch of The Warren Store and the street dance begins, rain or shine! There will be no music, food, beer garden or kids’ activities at Brooks Field for 2021. They will all be back for 2022.

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.

3 p.m.: Warren Village and Brooks Field activities wind down, streets re-open.

9:15 +/-: Fireworks at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak. Arrive early, sit back and oooohhh and ahhhhhh.