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 June 25th & 26th event features authentic barbecue, food trucks, craft brews by von Trapp Brewing, live music, fireworks, and kids' activities.
On-site ticket prices $12 adults, $5 kids ages 5-12, $25 pass for a family of up to two adults and two or more 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 with the annual running of the Green Mountain Mile, a race down Main Street open to all. This starts at the Ice Center and ends at Stowe Street. The parade route will be on Main Street, beginning at Demeritt Place and ending at Dac Rowe Field. 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.