Independence Day - July 3rd

Montpelier Cancels July 3rd Independence Day Celebration Due to COVID-19

May 20, 2020 

Montpelier Alive announced today that their July 3rd Independence Day celebration would not take place this year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. After considering guidance from state and local officials, Montpelier Alive determined that it would not be possible to hold their event this year. Montpelier’s event, which includes a food truck festival, mile-long road race, community parade, musical performances, and a fireworks show, has been named one of Vermont’s Top 10 Summer Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 

“This was a heartbreaking decision to make,” said Dan Groberg, Executive Director of Montpelier Alive, which organizes Montpelier’s annual celebration that draws more than 15,000 people to the State House Lawn. “We know how much our community loves to come together for this event. This was not a decision we made lightly, but one that we needed to make to protect the health and safety of our neighbors. We can’t wait to celebrate together again in 2021.” 

Montpelier plans to redirect some of the resources from their Independence Day event into an event this fall, with tentative plans to expand its annual Moonlight Madness celebration in October into a weekend-long event. Montpelier Alive is grateful to sponsors who have maintained their financial commitment, especially Platinum Sponsors National Life Group, VSECU, Community National Bank, and Union Mutual. 

Montpelier Alive celebrates the City of Montpelier. We work with partners to sustain and build upon Montpelier’s vibrant downtown community by offering and supporting special events and activities and by promoting City businesses. We work to ensure a thriving local economy for Montpelier and to preserve the City’s historic character and unique sense of place.