Lake Champlain Weekend Roundup: Independence Day Weekend

This land is your land! The Declaration of Independence is America’s most prized possession, and our Founding Fathers deserve a proper celebration for all that they sacrificed in the name of our liberty. So fire up the grill, adorn yourselves in red white and blue, practice your “O say can you see”s, and get ready for those yearly patriotic pyrotechnics. July 4th weekend is upon us, and it’s never looked so good:

 

FRIDAY

 

Yoga on the Dock

  • Community Sailing Center: 1 Lake Street, Burlington
  • 7-8am
  • $15
The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center is a community-based non-profit organization providing lake access and educational programs. Photo source.

Start your weekend with a clear mind, a happy heart, and spacious skies over purple mountain majesties. Yoga on the Dock at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center is a beautiful way to align your body and mind and get centered. You will emerge physically energized, mentally prepared, and grateful for your unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Namasté!

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

  • Meet at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College Street, Burlington
  • 1-3pm
  • $53.50 per person
Juniper Bar and Restaurant is one of the five stops guests will make on the Burlington Edible History Tour.

We all know American history included frontiers, wars, tea parties, and conventions – but what about food? Burlington Edible History Tour brings its guests back in time to explore the ethnic roots of Burlington’s culinary prowess – covering the history and food traditions of Abenaki, Chinese, African Americans, French Canadians, Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Lebanese, and Yankees. Taste delicious food from five different local restaurants steeped in cultural history and learn about how different ethnic groups contributed to Burlington’s rich past. Burlington Edible History Tour donates 10% of their profits to the New Farms for New Americans project, which provides affordable farmland to refugees so they can stay connected to their own culinary traditions and crops.

 

SATURDAY

 

Sangria Saturdays at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits

  • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits: 64 Vermont Route 104, Cambridge
  • 10AM-6PM
  • Free to enter; cost of food and drink
The Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits Tasting Room is housed in a restored 1875 carriage barn on their family farm. Photo source.

Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance“. Lucky for you, Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits is in the business of relieving tensions and expanding tolerance. They feature a different sangria every Saturday, and all are made in-house with their delicious and award-winning wines. Relax on their comfortable patio overlooking acres of grapes and sip your sangria in the Vermont summer sun. If you get hungry, the experts at Boyden Valley will pair your sangria with a cheese plate or chocolate board for the full experience! Sangria not your thing? Boyden Valley also features a new and delicious cocktail each week. 

 

Champlain Islands Farmers Market

  • St. Joseph’s Church, Grand Isle
  • 10a-2p
  • Free
The Champlain Islands Farmers’ Market is a vibrant market that provides the towns of Grand Isle and South Hero with a community gathering place and marketplace. Photo source.

Cut out the middleman and shop directly from Vermont farmers and artisans in the beautiful Champlain Islands! Treat yourself to a bounty of fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, and meats and cheeses from Vermont’s lush pastures at the Champlain Islands Farmers Market. It doesn’t get more farm-to-table than this! After you’ve perused and procured the abundant farm-fresh goods the Islands have to offer, head north to the historical Isle La Motte, where you’ll find the famous St. Anne’s Shrine and the Chazy Reef! For more ideas on how to spend a day in the Champlain Islands, visit here.

 

SUNDAY

 

Butterflies, Live! at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

  • ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College Street, Burlington
  • 10a-5p
  • $15-18 (includes admission to ECHO)
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experential educational experiences for their guests.

Explore the wonders of the world’s most beautiful and unique creatures at the live butterfly pavilion at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain! It is truly enchanting to immerse yourself in a butterfly habitat and observe these marvelous creatures as they flit around looking for their next nectar meal. ECHO’s mission for their butterfly exhibit is to educate the public on the fascinating life cycle of these winged beauties and what humans can do to protect the butterfly’s place in the natural environment. Bring the family and see who can get the most butterflies to land on them!

 

MONDAY

 

July 3rd Independence Day Celebration

  • Burlington’s Waterfront Park, Battery Park, Perkins Pier
  • 5p-10p
  • Free
Fireworks over Burlington’s Waterfront Park during the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department’s annual Independence Day Celebration. Photo by Shayne Lynn Photography.

We party because John Adams told us to! Come sit by the water and celebrate our forefathers under those bedazzling explosions in the sky. Bring the whole family (no dogs please!) and enjoy a fun-filled evening honoring the anniversary of this land we love. Activities include a rock climbing wall, face painting, live entertainment, and the Dan Marcotte Biplane Airshow! This event is brought to you by the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. Fireworks start at 9:30. Happy Birthday, America!

 

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