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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Summer Socials, Lobster Dinner, and Star-Spangled Celebrations

Woodstock knows how to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether it’s a back-to-the-future style celebration with Old Vermont Fourth at Billings, or a can’t-miss firework show, our activities will get you in the patriotic spirit.

But the fun doesn’t stop once July 5th rolls around… we’ve got a full itinerary of concerts, festivals, farmers’ markets, educational programs, and our rave-worthy feast of Lobsters on the Green. Read on for a breakdown of day-by-day events…


For a two-day celebration of America’s birthday, check out the Brownsville Independence Day extravaganza! Starting Tuesday at 4 PM, enjoy a brass band, food, and kid-friendly events. Then, come back Wednesday at 6 PM for a firework display!

On Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 4PM, check out an estate sale on Church Hill Road, 1 mile up from the Green, for furniture, prints, linens, dishes, decorations, and more! 

The long-awaited sequel to one of the most beloved family films is now playing at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre! Catch a showing of The Incredibles 2 (PG), July 6-16 from 7:30 – 9:35 PM.


Start your day with a tractor pull at the Hartland Old Home Days & Parade at 8 AM! Then, catch the Star Wars: July 4th be with you-themed floats during the annual parade, followed by food, music, trivia, and fireworks.

From 10 AM – 5 PM, visit Billings Farm & Museum for Old Vermont Fourth! A bucolic day at the farm is just the beginning… check out the farm’s full schedule of wagon rides, hands-on flag-making demonstrations, sack races, and historic baseball!

For an extra dose of American history, celebrate President Calvin Coolidge’s birthday from 10 AM – 5 PM in Plymouth. As one of the “Top 10 Summer Event” according the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this event has it all, from the induction of 20 new US citizens to BBQ, a birthday cake, and music from the Stringfield Springers old-time string band.

Later… stroll through Woodstock Village and catch the freshest produce, artisan goods, and music (by Arthur James) at the Market on the Green from 3 – 6 PM! From 4 – 5:30 PM, you can step off the green and into the AC of Norman Williams Public Library for a Frederick Douglass Reading!

Then, dine in style with Bubbles + Buck-a-Shuck at the Simon Pearce Bar, where you can enjoy sparkling wine and oysters from 5:00 — 8:00 PM.

Finally, cap off a day to remember with a 4th of July Celebration at Woodstock Union High School, complete with fireworks at dusk!


If Thursday means back-to-work, then check out Open Co-working at the Optimist Center from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Then leap right into a night of country fun with Feast & Field at 4:30 PM, a farmer’s market experience to remember. In the fields of Barnard, set against a backdrop of trees and a roaring bonfire, Mokoomba, a Zimbabwean Afro-beat band, will perform from 5:30 – 8 PM. Music presented by BarnArts.

Or, if you’re in Lebanon, check out the Front Porch Concert Series from 7 – 8:30 PM.


At 7 PM, relax in one of the best picnic spots in Woodstock at the Band Concert and Ice Cream Social featuring South Royalton Town Band! Located on the back lawn of the Woodstock History Center, overlooking the Ottauquechee River and Middle Covered Bridge.


Where food meets live music:

Inspiring art:

Shopping with a twist:


Where education meets play:


From 5 – 8 PM, savor Summer Sundays at Harpoon Brewery, with live music from Shaker, house-smoked St. Louis Style spare ribs, and of course, beer!


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