Here’s How to Party Like It’s 1776 in Burlington

Q: How come there’s no knock-knock joke about America?
A: Because freedom RINGS.

If you find yourself in the Lake Champlain Region this Independence Day, let us be your guide to the most worthy patriotic celebrations in the area. Burlington knows how to show up for America on her birthday, and we’d love for you to join us in our jubilation!

Burlington’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

  • Tuesday, July 3: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • FREE
Fireworks over Burlington’s Waterfront Park during Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department’s annual Independence Day Celebration. Photo by Shayne Lynn.

Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront’s annual July 3rd Independence Day Celebration never fails to disappoint! Get the family together and pick out a spot on the plush grass of Waterfront Park to sprawl out and prepare for the best fireworks display in Vermont! Food and activities begin at 5:00, so you’ll have plenty to do before first light at 9:30. Learn more here.

Spirit of Ethan Allen’s July 3rd Fireworks Cruise

  • Tuesday, July 3: 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • $50-95
The Spirit of Ethan Allen is Lake Champlain’s only cruise ship and floating restaurant.

Embark on a journey on our beautiful Lake Champlain aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen cruiseliner and enjoy a front-row seat for that famous Burlington sunset followed by the best view you can get of the Burlington fireworks! Indulge in a decadent dinner buffet and dance to the beat of the Spirit Sounds DJ as you prepare for a fantastic celebration of our American heritage. Check out the details here.

Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center’s ROCK the DECK Benefit and Celebration

  • Tuesday, July 3: 6:30pm-11:30pm
  • $100


100% of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center’s annual Rock the Dock Celebration proceeds benefit the McConnell Scholarship Fund.

Join the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center for an unforgettable evening to benefit the McConnell Scholarship Fund and celebrate with one of the best views of the Burlington fireworks! Check out the Community Sailing Center’s brand new Community Waterfront Campus and Sailing Education Center and enjoy music, dancing and drinks. More information can be found here.

Green Mountain Railroad’s Independence Day Flyer

  • Tuesday, July 3: 5:15pm-10:30pm
  • $15
The Champlain Valley Dinner Train taking the scene route from Burlington to Middlebury
Green Mountain Railroad boasts 350 miles of track and breathtaking views of Vermont.

Avoid the headache of finding parking in downtown Burlington and ride to the main event in style on Green Mountain Railroad’s passenger dining coach. Enjoy FREE PARKING and your choice of three train rides into Burlington for the annual celebration; trains will depart from Charlotte, Shelburne and South Burlington. One train will depart from Burlington at 10:30pm to return passengers to each station. Purchase tickets here.

Get out there and wear those colors proudly, with liberty and justice for all!

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