July 4th Celebration
Independence Day in the Northeast Kingdom is full of festive activities. The day begins bright and early with the Harry Corrow Freedom Run and the ever-popular Derby Parade. After a brief lunch break, families are invited to Gardner Park for and old-fashioned celebration including live music, food, games and of course, FIREWORKS!
Harry Corrow Freedom Run
What better way to celebrate July 4th and our nation's Independence than with a trail run along the shores and woods of Lake Memphremagog! Celebrate FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY, freedom from asphalt, and freedom to choose your distance. Options include 5K, 10K, 10 mile or 1 mile run or walk. Race begins at 8:30AM at North Country Hospital. Register here with Kingdom Games.
Derby Independence Day Parade
The Town of Derby will be hosting a 4th of July parade on Saturday, July 3rd at 10AM. Set-up begins at 9AM. If you'd like to join the parade, contact Derby Town Clerk's office at 802-766-4906.
Fair Food & Vendors
Our Tuesday night Food Truck Rally has become a tradition in Newport and many vendors will be joining us to celebrate July 4th! Arrive a little before fireworks to "grab n' go" your favorite fair food while enjoying the show from your vehicle. Concessions will be set up in the Causeway area of Gardner Park from 5-10PM for take-away style service. Guests are reminded to "order, pick-up and move on," to ensure that parking spaces are available and unnecessary crowding is avoided. Masks and exact change are appreciated. July 4th vendor line-up and menus can be viewed here.
Northern Star Cruises
The Northern Star is Newport's home town yacht offering cocktails, lunch and dinner experiences and private charters on beautiful Lake Memphremagog. Come aboard and see the entire panorama of a Northeast Kingdom celebration. You'll never forget this joyful, exciting experience as they celebrate the United States birthday under the fireworks! Enjoy some of the finest all American cuisine that will make you feel like celebrating.
As the night winds down and the sun sets, the grand finale of our celebration begins at 9:30 with a brilliant fireworks display over the bay on Lake Memphremagog. Fireworks are launched from the Veteran's Memorial Long Bridge (behind Domino's) with great views from anywhere in downtown Newport or by boat in the bay. Please park and enjoy them from your vehicle/vessel. Please note, that boats will not be permitted in the bay at Gardner Park or near the South Bay railroad bridge.
Age: All Ages
Date: July 4, 2021
Time: 9:30PM Fireworks
Location: Gardner Memorial Park, Newport
Admit/Rate: Free Park Admission