All events take place Saturday, July 4 unless otherwise noted:
Rutland: Summer Smash 2009. Gates and concessions open at 4:30 p.m., Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby begins at 6:30 p.m., Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:45 p.m., free parking, Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 South Main St., for ticket information call 775-5200.
Rutland: The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce presents the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 South Main St. Free parking, 9:45 p.m. Information: 773-2747 or 1-800-756-8880.
Killington: July 4 Parade and Fire Department Barbeque, parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Killington Events Hall (formerly the grange) down River Road to the recreceation center, BBQ begins at 11:30 a.m., during the afternoon there will be fun filled games, silent auction and entertainment, bring a picnic blanket and stay all day; fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Killington: Killington Sprint and International Distance Triathlon. Sprint Triathlon: .35 Mile Swim, 15 Mile Bike, 4 Mile Run. International Distance: .75 Mile Swim, 30 Mile Bike, 8 Mile Run. Kick off the 4th of July by challenging yourself in the Northeast's toughest triathlon, then relax and enjoy all that Killington has to offer in the summer. Hike the Appalachian Trail, golf at the Green Mountain National Golf Course, or ride the Alpine Slide; fireworks display at night. Visit www.piranha-sports.com for more information.
Bomoseen: Gypsy Reel performs at Crystal Beach at 7 p.m., rain date July 5.
Belmont: Bring the family to the Belmont Odd Fellows Hall and enjoy a holiday BBQ with all the trimmings, 5 and 6 p.m., adults $10, children under 12 $5.
Brandon: "Largest Independence Day Parade in Vermont." Brandon Independence Day Celebration includes activities, games, entertainment, music, vendors, and the parade. Fireworks at dusk. For more information call 247-6401.
Mt. Holly: Fourth of July Parade: Mt. Holly's Independence Day Parade theme is Fun on Wheels with parade line up starting at 10:30 a.m. and parade starting at 11 a.m. Following the parade, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont will be a flag ceremony, salute with parade prize award at 11:30 a.m., and a chicken BBQ with all the fixings until 1:30 p.m. to benefit the Odd Fellows. Live music and cow flop 'raffle' from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Details, call 259-3343.
Poultney: Fourth of July Celebration features pancake breakfast at Poultney United Methodist Church, Main Street from 7-9 a.m.; 5K fun run at Green Mountain College; parade from East Poultney to Poultney, Fireworks at dark, activities for the family, call 287-2010 for information.
West Rutland: Annual West Rutland Butterfly Count. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8:30 AM. We will travel through West Rutland to tally butterflies. Bring lunch and beverages. Optional $3 registration. Leader Roy Pilcher 775-3461.
Bomoseen: The 13th Annual Bob Franzoni Boat Parade begins at 2 p.m., American flags, compliments of Coldwell-Banker Watson Realty, will be handed out 1:15-2 p.m., when the parade begins. You can pick up your flags at the very end of the channel by Route 4A, past the bridge, at the docks on the east side of the channel at 7: pm, the Castleton Concert on the Green, annual Crystal Beach concert will kick off with the sound of high energy Celtic music takes center stage with Gypsy Reel.
Ludlow: The Fletcher Farm Craft Festival features over 90 of New England's finest artists and craftsmen exhibiting top quality wares such as pottery, primitives, glass, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings, scroll work, dried flowers, syrup, honey, rose blossom jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, doll clothes, wood turnings, stained glass, foods and more, 611 Route 103 South, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., rain or shine, 228-8770.