Independence Day Weekend in Southern Vermont

There are many ways to mark the beginning of summer.  For some it is the last day of school, with teens and preteens anxiously watching the clock anticipaing days and weeks of glorious freedom.  For others it's June 21st and the summer solstice.  Many though consider the first weekend of July the official kickoff for the summer season.

  10 Reasons you will fall in love with Southern Vermont this weekend.

#1 This year's Independence Day Weekend Celebrations kick off with the annual WINGS Community Program play.  This year join the fairies at Historic Memorial Hall in downtown Wilmington, Vermont as Oberon, Titiana, and Robin Goodfellow frolic in "A Midsummer Night's Dreame".  Featuring local youths and adults with performances Friday July 1st 7pm, Saturday July 2 at 4pm & Sunday July 3 at 7pm.  Tickets on sale at the door, children under 5 are free.   


Head to Jacksonville on Friday July 2nd  for the trifecta of locally made deliciousness.

#2 The Whitingham Farmer's Market which begins at 4pm and features locally grown and produced products from area crafters, farmers & more.  Located in the Municipal Parking lot on Route 100 as you journey south into Jacksonville village.

 Turn right at the stop sign and two doors down you will find #3  our local creamery, Spoonwood Cabin.  The Cheesemakers and owners Kyle Frey & Nancy Bergman welcome you to sample and buy their delicious farmhouse style cheese crafted with milk from local dairies.  What goes great with cheese?  Wine of course!  Let Kyle help you select a great bottle to perfectly pair with your cheese and baguette later on.

#4 Finish your tour of Jacksonville at the award winning Honora Winery & J'ville Brewery Tasting room located on Route 112 a quarter of a mile from Spoonwood Cabin.  Cross the wooden bridges and sample your way through a great selection of locally crafted,  award winning libations.  Relax in their gazebo and enjoy the sound of the river rushing by your feet.   

Southern Vermont's unofficial secret is that our summer is a top reason people choose to make Vermont their full time home. 

Sun-drenched days that are warm and usually no more than the mid 80's during the day, and cool nights perfect for sitting around a fire pit with friends and family as you escape from the daily grind.

#5 Lake Whitingham with it's many coves and bends.  At 9 miles long it has plenty of variety to offer swimmers, kayakers, standup paddle boarders, boaters and fishermen (and women).  There are four boat launches and three picnic areas to access the lake.

#6  The lake is largely undeveloped and also features three beautiful trails which skirt the shore.   Ranging from 2 to 10 miles lake trails including the Catamount Trail, Hoot Toot & Whistle and the Ledges Trail.  

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#7 Haystack Mountain Summit Hike.  We don't recommend hiking after dark, but if you can pull yourself out of bed in the wee hours of the morning this 2 hour hike will reward you with stunning views of the valley & beyond and a great sunrise over Crystal lake at the summit of the mountain.

#8 The 34th Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks at Hayford Field on Saturday July 2nd (raindate July 3).  This is the small town feel you've been looking for.  Every one is a local as the crowds pack Hayford Field in Wilmington for live music, strawberry shortcake, bouncy houses, great bbq & pizza all starting at 6pm.  The fireworks display will light up the sky just after 9pm.  Enjoy the front row seat at Hayford Field, or reserve your spot on the hill at the White House Inn & Restaurant as they once again welcome the public to enjoy the view from above.

#9 Even more fireworks!  For those that love fireworks displays, Mount Snow Resort is keeping the festivities alive with a great fireworks display and BBQ on Sunday July 3rd.  Prime viewing from the Grand Summit Resort.

#10 The oldest Fourth of July Celebration and Parade in Southern Vermont.  Located in Wardsboro, home of the official state vegetable the Gilfeather Turnip.   Wardsboro is a beautiful small town located on route 100 north of West Dover & Mount Snow.  It's the perfect backdrop to the annual family friendly parade & street fair that celebrates the spirit of America's patriotism and independence.