Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd

Come check out this year’s Burlington Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd, 2015!

Listen to live music! Grab some delicious food! Watch the fireworks from several locations in Burlington, including Waterfront Park, North Beach, Battery Park, Perkins Pier, and Oakledge Park.



Perkins Pier

5:30 – 8:00 pm / Broadcasting with WKOL, WOKO, WIZN, WJOY, and The Buzz
5:00 – 7:00 pm / Root 7 (mixed ensemble a capella group)
7:30 – 9:30 pm / Mango Jam (six piece dance band playing Zydeco, New Orleans-inspired Funk, Reggae and Ska)

Waterfront Park and Community Boathouse

2:00 – 8:00 pm / Star 92.9, 101.3 ESPN and Planet 96.7 (broadcasting from the “Supersounds Family Fun Park” with cash cube and speed pitch game)
4:00 – 9:00 pm / Price Chopper Hopper Bounce House
6:00 – 8:00 pm / Sambatucada! (samba street band playing Afro-Brazilian Percussion)
8:00 – 9:30 & 10:00 – 11:00 pm / Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band (Burlington-based soul/funk/RnB band)
8:30 – 8:45 pm / Dan Marcotte Biplane Airshow (sponsored by Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry)

Battery Park

7:00 – 9:20 pm / Burlington Concert Band & The 40th Army Band Vermont National Guard (BCB is a community-based group, 163rd season in Burlington. The 40th Army band provides music throughout the spectrum of military operations)

North Beach

5:00 – 9:00 pm / Broadcasting with Eagle Country 97.5 (music and giveaways)

Check out the Local 22 Fireworks Spectacular! live on July 3rd from 9 – 10 pm on WVNY/Local 22. Visit them at their Waterfront Park location as well for giveaways and fun!


Recommended parking is at UVM!
UVM’s Gutterson parking garage and adjacent lots provide the fastest way in and out Burlington after the fireworks. Busses will run from 3:45 pm to 11:30 pm, and pick up in front of Patrick Gym. The round trip fare is $1.00. CCTA busses will be waiting at One Main St. at 10:00 pm for the return trip. Busses will make continuous trips until 11:30pm. For shuttle route and specific times online, see
For downtown parking, the CCTA College Street Shuttle is recommended. Shuttles run from 6:15 am to 9:00 pm.

Note: If you park at the Waterfront, be prepared to wait an hour from the end of the fireworks, due to priority pedestrian and CCTA bus traffic. There will be two lanes leaving the city on Main Street. Traffic flow on College, Cherry or Pearl will be directed to Colchester Avenue or Route 127. Motorists are encouraged to use these designated streets, avoid neighborhoods or cross town routes. All parking lots off Lake Street will exit up Depot Street at the end of the night.

Boat Traffic in the harbor must end at 8:30 pm, when the harbor closes. Boat traffic from King Street Dock or Perkins Pier should exit to the south only. A No Boat Traffic Zone has been extended to include the entire inner harbor. This safety zone is strictly enforced. The Perkins Pier and Waterfront boat ramps will be closed during this time.
Note: All watercraft, including canoes and kayaks, must have working lights if they are on the water after dusk.

Additional Parking
• Perkins Pier Parking is $10 for cars and $20 for trailers.
• Waterfront Parking Lot is for handicap and seasonal boaters on a first come first serve basis until lot is full.
• City Parking Garages and spaces are FREE on July 3rd!!!

The Vermont Railway is a great option for non-residents! The Fireworks Express will provide extended service into the night with an additional South Burlington stop. Tickets are $15 round trip per person, all ages. Reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are available onsite; must be purchased with cash. Tickets are available to purchase online at Trains will leave Burlington at 10:30 pm, 30 minutes after the conclusion of the fireworks display.

BEST OPTION: skip the traffic and park your bike at Local Motion’s free Valet parking! Bike parking is located north of the Waterfront parking lot on Lake Street

This day would not be possible without the following amazing sponsors!

Pomerleau Foundation, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Lake Champlain Transportation Company, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

University of Vermont, Vermont Rail System, CCTA, PepsiCo,Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, Local 22 & Local 44, Burlington Free Press,Star 92.9, Planet 96.7, 98.9 WOKO, Weav-The Zone 960 AM, KOOL 105 Plattsburgh-Burlington, Wjoy AM, 99,9 the buzz, 106.7 WIZN, Eagle Observer