The White River Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the plans for the Randolph July 4th Parade and Street Fest. The theme for the festivities this year is "American Pop Culture" encouraging parade entries, spectators and vendors to dust off their Blue Suede Shoes and really entertain the crowd beginning at 10 AM on Monday, July4th at Gifford Medical Center, moving north on Maple Street, west on Earle Street, south down Highland Avenue, and then progresses north down Main Street to the Dubois and King building, where the parade ends.
The Randolph business community greatly appreciates the difficult and taxing work done by our fire departments. This year, they will pay special homage to firemen, past, present and future by creating an honorary tribute in the Randolph July 4th Parade. The tribute will include the original Randolph firetruck (owned by Rat Tabor and Perry Armstrong) and a convoy of fire vehicles following. We also invite anyone who ever was a firefighter, the families of those who served, and future (children) firefighters that want to participate as well to be part of the event. We welcome those folks will arrive at the Shaw’s parking lot at 9:15 AM for line-up wearing fire hats, gear, or something red, white and blue and march as a group, in the parade.
This year’s Parade Princess will be Shiloh Lake from Brookfield, VT. Back by popular demand will be Dux the Balloon Man and his wacky balloon monsters marching in the parade. The South Royalton Band and Catamount Pipes Band will also be strutting their stuff down Main Street. Bleacher seating will make the parade more accessible for some viewing thanks to Rain or Shine Tent and Events Company.
Tom Harty will be the parade announcer and judging takes place on the corner of Main Street and Merchants Row, and the 4-H members will be walking along with their steers.
Before, during and after the parade, vendors and organizations will be set up on Main Street, Merchants Row and Salisbury Street. Many will be open as early as 9 AM so you can grab something good to eat while you watch the parade. Sausages, hot dogs, Italian ice, ham and cheese croissants, burritos, barbecued chicken, Thai frozen popsicles, exotic drinks, creative noodle bowls, cold drinks, maple cotton candy and iced coffee are just some of the delicious fair foods you will find for sale.
Following the parade, festivities begin at 11:30 AM the Street Fest in downtown Randolph. In the Depot Restaurant green space, there will be a bounce house offered by the Randolph Sunrise Rotary Club. Face painting will also be in that general area, and the Art Bus will be parked on Salisbury Street. An antique and current day fire truck will be on display and children will be able to try on gear and ask questions of firemen who will be on hand to tell them everything they want to know about the job. These local heroes are featured in the parade, as well.
The Island Time Steel Band will play at 12 noon. Island Time Steel Band is a professional 4 piece ensemble that will transport listeners to an Island paradise where they will be lulled into automatic vacation mode. Their repertoire varies from easy going calypsos to fast paced socas, and even some American pop (culture) thrown in for good measure. The group’s leader Scott Paulson, has been playing and teaching Steel Drums or "Pans" since 1998 and directs the state’s largest ensemble. He is joined by his wife, multi-instrumentalist educator Barbara Smith on double lead pans. Holding down the bottom end on bass guitar is long-time friend and collaborator Guy Best and rounding it all out is the drumming talent of Rory Loughran.
Dux the Balloon Man is back at the Street Fest for a fourth year. Children line up not just to receive an original balloon creation, but to interact with the extraordinarily talented comedic balloon artist. And if you are still looking for things for your children to do this summer, the Randolph Town Recreation Department will be on hand with information and registration forms for summer programs.
At noon time, folks can gather on the steps of the Kimball Public Library for a reading of the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The reading of “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” is a participatory event cosponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Copies of the speech will be provided so people can read along and join in.
Parking and shuttlebus service will be available beginning at 8:30 AM. A detailed listing of events, a map, and more will be included in the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce Independence Day pull-out supplement, which will be published in the June 30th edition of The Herald. Pick up a copy.
Event music, performers, public safety, decorations, shuttle service, advertising, signage, insurance and all that is needed to make the day happen is possible because of volunteers and event sponsors. The WRVCC wishes to thank the following organizations and businesses for their generous contributions that make the July 4th Parade and Street Fest possible: The Town of Randolph, Rain or Shine Tent and Events Company, Rural Vermont Real Estate, Gifford Medical Center, Vermont Tech, Pomerleau Real Estate, LED dynamics, Frankenberg Agency, Lake Sunapee Bank, the Lamson-Howell Foundation, Magee Office Products, Northfield Savings Bank, Catamount Kitchens and Design, Rule Signs, Champlain Valley Equipment, Willy B’s Tavern, Bob-White Systems, Compucount, Inc., Allan’s Vending Service, LLC., South Royalton Market, Chandler Center for the Arts, White River Credit Union, Jack Cowdrey “Flats to Let”, Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital, Mascoma Bank, Belmain’s/Paiges Ice Cream Shoppe, and NAPA Auto and Truck Parts of Randolph.
Deadlines for July 4th Parade & Street Fest!
Event Sponsor: June 15
Supplement Advertisers: June 17
Street Vendors: June 20
Parade Entries: June 23