BURLINGTON - The City of Burlington has extended an invitation to surrounding communities to help celebrate July 4 a day early. On July 3, city officials plan a big Independence Day bash to celebrate America and the slowly dropping water level of Lake Champlain.
The July 3 program includes food, fun and fireworks after sunset with the lake as a spectacular backdrop. The bash is being coordinated by the Burlington Parks & RecreationDepartment.
Event schedule includes:
Broadcasting with Radio stations, 4-8 p.m. Lawn green area.
•Concert:Blue Gardenias, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
•Concert:Rick and the Ramblers, 8-9:30 p.m.
•Strolling entertainment and stilt walkers, 5:30-9 pm
Waterfront Festival Site
(Follow signs to Promenade Area)
•Famous 2001 Giant Patriot Flag display-displayed coast-to-coast in honor of a Vermont patriot-includes flag-raising ceremony, 1 p.m. Patriot Flag dignified transfer from the US Border to Police and Fire Honor Guards, 1:05 p.m. Flag raising with Vermont Police and Fire honor guards.
•Introduction and Pledge of Allegiance, 1:15 p.m.
•Benediction by Rev. John Feltz 1:20 p.m.
•National Anthem (Green Mountain Chorus), 1:25 p.m.
•Remarks by San Diego Firefighter/Paramedic Mitch Mendler, co-founder of the Patriot's Flag, 1:30 p.m.
•Music by Green Mountain Choir and John Middleton and the New England Tenors, 1:45 p.m.
•March to the Burlington Community Boathouse, 2:20 p.m.
•Dignified Transfer of the Colors to the Red Knights.2:25 p.m. Promenade
•Flag departs for Montpelier, Rutland
•Inflatable jousting, obstacle course, large bouncer, 8 p.m.
•Hopper Bounce, 4-9 p.m.
•Amy's World Amusement Rides, noon- 9:20 pm. Variety of carnival rides
•Strolling Entertainment, 4-9 p.m.
•Face Painting 6-9 p.m
•Dan Marcotte Airshow, 8:30-8:45 p.m. in sky above waterfront.
•Pulse of Boston, 8-9:30 p.m. (Boathouse Deck).
While on the waterfront, visit ECHO Science Museum at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. in nearby Hoehl Park.
•Burlington Concert Band, 7-9 p.m. Concert Band Shell.
•Pony Rides-Free, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
•Fireworks: spectacular display of pyrotechnics over Lake Champlain; event starts after dark.