July Fourth events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
First Annual Old Bennington Fourth of July Sidewalk March
March from Catamount Statue
of Monument Avenue to the Bennington Battle Monument
at noon. bennington.com.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
An annual tradition at the Bennington Monument, 1 p.m., free. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Willow Park Fireworks
Celebration with live music, vendors and activities 3 to 9:30 p.m.,
ending with fireworks, free.
Fourth of July Fireworks
Lake Paran, North Bennington. 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. $5 admission. (802) 688-6270 Brattleboro
Morning parade and an evening of free activities, concerts and fireworks at Living Memorial Park. For more information, visit facebook.com/BrattleboroGoesFourth.
Annual parade with marching bands, floats, antique cars, government officials, livestock and awards. Begins at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of South and Bryant streets and continues north on South Street and to Main Road. (413) 374-1289
Falls Village, Conn.
‘Salute to George M. Cohen,' the man who wrote ‘Over There,' ‘The Yankee Doodle Boy,' and ‘You're a Grand Old Flag.' 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5 at Music Mountain. A pre-concert dinner will be held at 5 p.m. musicmountain.org.
Aston Magna Music Festival
‘Music from a Turbulent 17th-Century England,' 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. astonmagna.org, (800) 595-4849
John Myers Trio. 5:30-7 p.m. at the gazebo behind town hall.
Berkshire Arts Festival
285 artists, live demonstrations, music, tents and air-conditioning, and free parking. Butternut Ski Area, 380 State Road. July 4-6. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Independence Day Celebration. Live music, dance, food, and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m, Saturday, July 5. 195 Federal St.
Annual James Taylor concert, 8 p.m., Shed. Fireworks to follow. Tanglewood, Route 183. tanglewood.org
Shakespeare & Company
Community Barbecue from 1:30 to 5 p.m, with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by company actors at 3 p.m. shakespeare.org
Capital Steps at Cranwell Resort
Political satire and song, 8 p.m.
All-day events start at 11 a.m., from swimming at the town pool to picknicking to live music at Applejack Field. Civil War and the Equinox Guards presentation at 9 p.m., followed by fireworks at Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, 340 Recreation Road. Additional parking at Riley Rink and Manchester Elementary School. For a complete schedule: visitmanchestervt.com.
Community History Celebration at the Bidwell House Museum. Colonial re-enactors, live music, baking contest, historic craft demonstrations, and more. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.
Fourth of July Fireworks after the North Adams SteepleCats game at Noel Field.
Independence 5k Road Race 9:30 a.m. at Wahconah Park, before the parade.
Fourth of July Parade
Parade steps off at 10 a.m., ‘Made in America' theme -- celebration dates back to 1824. pittsfieldparade.com, (413) 447-7763.
‘Mom, Apple Pie and Rockwell's Models' at the Normal Rockwell Museum. Sample apple pie recipes and meet the models who posed for Rockwell's famous paintings. Music, talks, performances, art making and wiffle ball. Free with museum admission, Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chad Hollister Band at the Stowe Fireworks, 6 p.m., free. For more information: (802) 253-7321.
Clark Art Institute
Barbecue on the East Lawn at noon. Live music, balloons. Free day to celebrate the Clark's grand opening at 1 p.m. Galleries open until 7 p.m. Eagles Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks over Stone Hill at 9 p.m. 225 South St.
Williams College Museum of Art
Actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, 10 a.m. read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply. Galleries open to show the documents, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Williamstown Fourth of July
Parade 11 a.m. kicks off on Spring Street and ends at The Clark Art Institute for the grand opening of its newly expanded campus. williamstownchamber.com
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