January 23, 2018

Williston’s Independence Day celebrations

To avoid a conflict with Sunday church services, the town of Williston will hold its Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, July 3. The festivities begin on Thursday.

THURSDAY, JULY 1

6 p.m. – Family Bike races

Williston Community Park Field House

  • Registration begins at 6 p.m.
  • Races begin at 6:45 p.m.
  • The family-oriented races take place within the park and will include Slowest bike race, Scooter race, Kids races, Rollerblade race, Family race and Adult race.

FRIDAY, JULY 2

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Library book sale

Williston Central School Gym

6 p.m. – Firecracker 5K Fun Run

Williston Community Park Field House

  • · Registration begins at 4:45 p.m.
  • · Race begins at 6 p.m.
  • · Cost is $8 (includes T-shirt)
  • · Categories include Male and Female, with age groups of under 12, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ and family
  • · Awards will be announced and given out during the band break at the Ice Cream Social

7 p.m. – Town Band Concert, Ice Cream Social & Time capsule opening

Village Green

Join the Williston Historical Society for its annual ice cream social as the town band plays its first concert of the summer season. Additionally, the Williston Historical Society will open its time capsule during the concert. The box was made by Williston Central School students in 2000.

SATURDAY, JULY 3

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Library book sale

Williston Central School Gym

10 a.m. – Independence Day Parade

Route 2, Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Road

  • Theme: “Williston: Old town charm, new town spirit”
  • Grand Marshall: Ruth Painter
  • Parade float organizer: Tony Lamb
  • Judges stand: Town Hall
  • Prizes: Best neighborhood entry, Best business entry, Best theme, Best community organization or group, Best church, Best band, Best entry with music, Best individual, Best entry with children, Judges’ favorite car, Judges’ favorite tractor, Judges’ award

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Rotary Silent Auction

Williston Central School cafeteria

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Arts and Crafts Show

Williston Central School Front Lobby

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Food vendors

Village Green

  • Hamburgers from Williston-Richmond Rotary
  • Hot dogs from Williston Boy Scout Troop 692
  • Popcorn from Williston Girls Softball League

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Fire Department Open House

Williston Fire Department

Stop by the firehouse and check out the facility.

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Federated Church Chicken Dinner

Williston Central School cafeteria

  • Eat in or take out. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m.; $5 for children or chicken only; $9 for adults.
  • Menu: 1/2 chicken, coleslaw, rolls, cranberry sauce, cupcakes, lemonade, milk or coffee

Noon – Trinity Baptist Church Choir

The Bandstand on the Village Green

12:30 p.m. – Parade Awards Presentation

The Bandstand on the Village Green

12:35 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Children’s Games

The Village Green

1 p.m. – Frog Jumping Contest

Behind Williston Central School

7 p.m. – Musical Entertainment

Allen Brook School

  • Entertainment includes food vendors, glow necklaces, a bounce castle and more.
  • Parking will be available at Allen Brook and a shuttle bus will be operating from Williston Central School for folks traveling from the village. Please take advantage of the shuttle to eliminate the parking crunch at Allen Brook. The shuttle will begin at 7 p.m. and will continue until shortly before the fireworks begin and will begin returning shortly after the fireworks are complete.

9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

Fireworks will begin at dark.

ALL DAY

Free entrance to Lake Iroquois for Williston residents.

For more information on any of the Fourth of July activities, visit the town Web site at www.Town.Williston.vt.us or contact The Williston Parks and Recreation Department at 878-1239 or finnegank@willistontown.com.

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