• Parade  
  • Music including Vermont's Own 40th Army Band and Karaoke, Bluegrass, Brass, Rock, & Pipes
  • Food
  • Family Activities and Games
  • (including Bounce House, Petting Zoo, and Dunking Booth)
  • Silent Auction
  • The Great Ball Race
  • Stephen Douglas 200th Birthday Celebration: "The Rivalry"
  • Civil War Living Historian at Brandon Museum 
  • Fireworks (+ DJ, Food & Fun)


The Night Before!



Bring the whole family for an evening of FREE, great family fun. Activity starts in Central Park at 5:00 pm with the free street dance at 6 pm hosted by Jam Man Entertainment. Spinning all the family friendly greatest hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! The Brandon Independence Day Celebration Prizes and 50/50 raffle all night long. Wide variety of food vendors including hot dogs, hamburgers, pig roast, cotton candy, popcorn, BBQ, bread dough, strawberry shortcake, fruit & drinks! Grab the family and come on down.





10:30 - 12:30 am


Petting Zoo
Dunking Booth
Pie-Eating Contest
Ol' Fashioned Games
And Much More





Come on over to Park Village (the old Brandon Training School)  


 at 6:00 pm

for food, fun, and count-down to the Fireworks. Brandon puts on a great show that you won't want to miss.  




Donations appreciated
(look for the boots!)




The Nuts and Bolts


Parade: The signature event of the Celebration starts at 1 pm at the intersection of Park, High and Marble Streets. The parade marches down beautiful Park Street, through downtown, past our historic Town Hall, through Conant Square, and ends at Brandon Lumber (on Rt 7, just about half-mile north of the Brandon Inn).


Music: The Parade will be full of great Music. If you want to make your own Music, hang out with Karaoke Steve before the Parade in Central Park. Immediately following the Parade, Just Passin' Thru Bluegrass Band will be playing a free concert in Central Park.

Food: What kind of Independence Day Celebration would be complete without the grill, sweets, and surprises? Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Chicken, Mexican, Sausage, and Steak & Cheese Sandwiches, Wraps, Bread Dough, Fruit & Fruit drinks, Pie & Ice Cream, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice and Maple Products. Handcrafted items.


Activities and Games: Kids & adults will love the Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Dunking Booth, Pie-Eating Contest, ol' fashioned games like Sack Races, Relays and much more. Behind the Brandon Inn from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Special thanks to the Brandon Inn. FREE


Silent Auction: Celebrations cost money. Supporting the Silent Auction is the best way to "pay it forward". Scores of donations are awaiting your bid! There's some great opportunities so come on in to Fellowship Hall (next to the Congregational Church) between 10 am - 3 pm and do some bidding! Click here for a partial list (there's a lot on here and more will be at the Church Hall). Plus bidding instructions for bidding in advance. MORE ITEMS COMING!


The Great Ball Race: This is part of the tradition! Purchase a "ball" for only $5 and you own the number; ensuring that ball will be part of the Race. The Race takes place in Central Park at 3:00 pm. First ball prize: $300. Second prize: $200. Third prize: $100.


The Rivalry: A dramatic dialogue of the Lincoln-Douglas debates featuring former VT Governors Madeleine Kunin as Mrs. Adele Douglas, Jim Douglas as Stephen Douglas (no relation) and VT educator John Dilts as Abraham Lincoln. The Rivalry will take place at 3:30 pm in the Brandon Town Hall. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 802-247-6401 or on-line at <>. Immediately following there will be a tribute in honor of Stephen A Douglas' 200th Birthday.


Fireworks: Come on over to Park Village (the old Brandon Training School) at 6:00 pm for food, fun, and count-down to the Fireworks. Brandon puts on a great show that you won't want to miss. Donations appreciated





Great Viewing Spot 
Early Exit (no waiting!) 
See All Your Friends!

The hard-working crew at the
Brandon Independence Day Celebration needs a few more volunteers to work at the
the night of the fireworks,
starting at 5 pm.

Contact Debbie Boyce at:

802-345-0056 or email her at:


  PARADE LINE-UP for 7/6/2013
Please note: There could be changes and last-minute additions. 

1: Brandon Police Dept Cruiser  

2: BIDCC theme Banner, carried by OVUHS 2013 Valedictorian Samantha Fox and Salutatorian Thomas Roberts

3:Grand Marshalls: Former VT Governors Madeleine Kunin and Jim Douglas. As part of the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Stephen A. Douglas, the two Governors are appearing, with John Dilts, in a performance of "The Rivals" at Town Hall at 3:30 today.    

4: Brandon American Legion Post 55 Color Guard

5: Vermont's Own: 40th U S Army Band  

6: Brandon American Legion Post 55 theme float followed by the Post Cycle 55 Corps

7: Brandon Area Rescue Squad and  Brandon Fire Department (all engines, men, & hose cart).  Other Fire Departments will be fed into the parade at various points.      

8. Brandon's Memorial Day Flower Girls, Present and Past. Brandon has been honoring its veterans every Memorial Day since 1900 with a parade of Flower Girls in white. For the first time, girls and women of all ages, all former flower girls, have joined together to pay tribute to our active duty military.

9: Bluegrass Band representing the Bluegrass Festival

10: Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program / Leicester School. Growing a sense of pride, compassion and purpose in our local youth for 13 years.

11: Vermont's US Rep Peter Welch

12: Vermont Lt Governor Phil Scott & his "Vacation Vermont" theme. Lieutenant Governor Scott is using Independence Day parades to remind folks that there is an infinite number of activities to do in Vermont and encourage folks to Vacation Vermont.

13: Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce

14: Brandon/Pittsford/Sudbury Rep Butch Shaw




16: OVUHS 2013 Baseball Team - D2 Vermont Baseball Champions

17: 1971 Citroen "Deux Cheveaux", Café Provence Chef Robert Barral. Café Provence and Gourmet Provence were created in 2004 and Robert is riding on a 1971 Citroen Truckette

18: Oliver 60 Rowcrop Tractor,  Maurice A. Quesnel. This tractor belonged to Maurice's father and was sold with the farm. He was able to locate and restore it many years later.

19: 1958 Oliver 770 Tractor, Scott F. Lancour

Scott's fist restoration of a vintage Oliver tractor done with the help of his father-in-Law Maurice Quesnel

20: Keene NH American Legion Band


21: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Bill Mathis with Mrs. Vermont USA 2013: 
Stacey Coburn.                                                  

22: Miss Vermont Teen USA Jr. Ambassador: Taylor Hough

23: Marine Corps League, Edson Detachment (former US Marines)

24: The Neshobe School, theme float and band


25: James H. McKinnell memorial:  vintage Case tractor and wagon. This is a 1946 Case that James received as a gift and is driven by his Great Grandson - the 4th generation to drive this tractor.

26: 1929 Ford Model "A" Pickup Truck, Nancy & Ron Menard

27: 1929 Ford Model "AA" Truck, Cedar Rail Yak Farm 

28: St Andrews Pipes & Drums Band


29: CAIRO Shriners  including the mini monsters and directors staff

30: Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Will Miller Chapter

31: Jesus Holy Nation Float, Tom Millington

32: Seth Warner Band


33: Hannaford Supermarket

34: Brandon Police Department Explorer Post 111  with their "Old Home Day" theme float 

35: Curbstone Chorus


36: Float for Katie Pope entered by a neighborhood on the north end of Wheeler Road

Katie has been battling cancer. This float represents a thank you to everyone who has donated toward her cause.

37: Vermont Horse Council, Courtney & Kendra Stearns

38L 1940 Farmall "A" Tractor, Raymond Acampora

39: Songadeewin of Keewaydin. This residential girls' camp is celebrating their 15th summer on Lake Dunmore

40: VT Health Co-op / Fleischer Jacobs Group

41: Ford "8N" Tractor, Donald Desrocher 

42: State Line Band


43: Markowski Excavating Inc., Celebrating 50 years!

44: Catamount Radio, represented by three of their five stations: Z97.1, Mix 98.1, and 94.5 The Drive

45: R.A.V.E.,   Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts

46: Keating 5 Band



47: David Millson's "Bring Home the Troops" float

 48: Camp Washusett for Boys. One of the oldest camps in America, founded in 1903 and moved in 1986 to the shores of Lake Hortonia


Last Minute Entries


THE  END - See you at next years parade, first Saturday in July: 7-5-14!



The Nitty Gritty


¨ Port-a-Lets can be found at: the Rite Aid parking lot, Park Street Extension (near the start of the parade), the corner at the Brandon Public Library (handicapped), and Park Village (evening entertainment)


¨ Parking for the day: A free shuttle bus will run from Otter Valley Union High School to Central Park starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm. Easiest place to park.


¨ Road closings

: Park Street and Route 7 from the corner at Franklin Street through Brandon Lumber will close at 12:45 pm sharp and will remain closed until the parade ends.  



¨ Silent Auction will end precisely at 3 pm and winners will be immediately notified. Unless you have made prior arrangements, if you bid on any items, please make every attempt to be present to pay and pick up your item (s).


¨ Evening entertainment: Park Village opens at 6 pm for games, food, float winner announcements, music with DJ and the count-down to the show.




"The Rivalry"





Experience a live performance of "The Rivalry" just up the road from where one of the candidates in the 1858 Illinois Senatorial election, Stephen A. Douglas, was born. The dramatization will be performed in Brandon in the historic Town Hall on July 6, 2013 following the town's impressive Independence Day Parade. The performance will feature former Vermont Governors Madeleine Kunin and Jim Douglas and Vermont educator John Dilts.                                       


Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Americans struggled with issues of slavery, race, freedom, equality, states' rights, and the role of the federal government. In the 1858 Illinois Senate race, as the country steamrolled towards civil war, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas embarked on a series of debates. Their epic clash of ideas and oratory forged a future President and a nation. Without access to television, bloggers, and podcasts, the debates were witnessed by thousands and read about by many thousands more, thanks to the newly invented practice of stenography.


There were seven debates between Lincoln and Douglas all over Illinois in August, September, and October, 1858. After losing the Senatorial election, Lincoln published the debate transcripts. Nearly a century later, they were the basis of the "The Rivalry," written by radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who died in 2011 at age 101. The show is in the format of a memory play, with Douglas' wife, Adele, recalling the debates. It uses texts from the original debate transcripts to bring to life on-stage style of drama and fierce competition between the future President and the incumbent Senator. "The Rivalry" is also a stunning testament to the willingness of two leading political adversaries to put aside their differences and "reach across the aisle" for the good of the country.


Following the presentation, which is being directed by Dennis W. Marden, there will be a rededication of the Douglas Monument, which was originally presented to the town in 1913 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Stephen A. Douglas' birth. 2013 marks what would have been his 200th birthday. Tickets for the event cost $10 each and children under 12 years old are free. The event will begin at 3:30 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here or call 802-247-6401 or visit Carr's Florist in downtown Brandon.



The event is sponsored by the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace Community Center Inc., and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.



Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-6401 ~   ~