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From The Blog Everything you need to know about the 4th of July in Woodstock 2019

2019 holiday happenings Let’s party like it’s 1776

Local fun brought to you courtesy of the red, white, and blue...

4th of july race

8:30 AM: Eager to get this 4th of July up and running?

Then hit the pavement for the 43rd Annual John Langhans 7.1-Green Mile Road Race and Kids’ Fun Run – where runners (and walkers!) traverse Woodstock’s beautiful village at their own pace, snag snacks and a free t-shirt, and celebrate under the sun.

Day-of registration begins at 7:30 AM or register online here. The Kids’ Fun Run (for the under 10 set) begins at 10:30 AM. All proceeds from the races benefit the Spectrum Teen Center in Woodstock.

10 AM – 5 PM: It’s an old Vermont 4th celebration and you’re invited! At Billings Farm & Museum, this holiday gets the historic nod it deserves with a roundup of flag-making, potato sack races, wagon rides, the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, and a rousing game of baseball. It doesn’t get any more patriotic than this! See link for pricing and details.

Flag, Billings Farm, Fourth of July, 4th

11 AM: Then, reenact a pivotal moment in American history during a participatory reading of Frederick Douglass’ fiery July 5th, 1852 speech called "the greatest antislavery oration ever given” – at the Norman Williams Public Library.

5 – 7 PM: Sample BBQ fare with southern flair on the vibrant green front lawn of the Woodstock Inn & Resort! Get your fill of a summer feast, live music by Jim Yeager, and lawn-game fun. See link for pricing and details.

Woodstock Inn Front Lawn
Fireworks 4th of July
Fireworks display

6 PM – 9:15 PM: A cookout and fireworks display round out this Independence Day with quintessential American style at the Woodstock Union High School. Post up on a picnic blanket and enjoy fresh-from-the-grill hot dogs and hamburgers, plus desserts and drinks sponsored by the WUHS Alumni Association – all over live music by BorderStone Band, performing long into the night. Then, keep the whole family entertained with:

  • Hands-on crafts and games sponsored by Artistree, Change the World Kids, and VT Volunteer Services for Animals Human Society
  • A chance to peek inside the police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks of local servicemen and women during the Touch a Truck Event
  • Public skating from 7 to 8:30 PM at on-site Union Arena (see link for pricing and details)
  • A 7 PM Flag Ceremony and a bombastic firework display to cap off this day celebrating all things red, white, and blue