The Waterbury-Stowe area is a great place to live. Wonderful shops, restaurants, great outdoor adventures/activities, but one of the biggest reasons, are the events.
Waterbury likes to start celebrating July Fourth a week before the rest of the country. We call it Not Quite Independence Day. It comes with a parade, fireworks, and the Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival!
Put on by the Rotary Club of Waterbury, the event features authentic barbecue, food trucks, craft brews by von Trapp Brewing, kids' activities and live music.
- Authentic Barbecue: More than 3,000 barbecue enthusiasts will gather to watch 35+ pit masters from across the region compete at the Green Mountain BBQ Championship. Events are sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society & Kansas City Barbecue Society.
- Kids' Activities: Carnival-style games that aren't rigged; climbing wall, provided by the Vermont National Guard; a large sandbox; lawn tractor jousting, sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts; a roaming railroad; inflatable obstacle course, provided by the Waterbury Mission; pie baking contest; face painting; baby animals; and fun photo opts to remember the occasion.
- Live Music: Bands such as Tim Brick, Dark Hours, Mellow Yellow, The Pilgrims, Prydein, and Jimmy T Thurston grace the stage at Farrs Field on Route 2 West.
On-site ticket prices $12 adults, $5 kids ages 5-12, $25 pass for a family of adults and two kids. Tickets are also available online at greenmountainbbq.com at a reduced rate.
This year, the schedule is as follows:
Saturday, June 25 11 am:
Not Quite Independence Day Main Street Parade, starts at the Ice Center and ends at Stowe Street. This year's parade theme: Kid's Favorite Characters.
Noon to dusk: The Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival, at Farr's Field. At dusk, fireworks at Farr's Field, weather permitting.
Sunday, June 26 11 am - 5 pm:
Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival resumes.