MANCHESTER, VERMONT – The Town of Manchester announced today the schedule for its annual Fourth of July Celebration. All events will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park (340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center, Vermont). The rain date for the fireworks display is Saturday, July 8, 2016.

The highlight of the day are the evening fireworks presentation that will begin at 9:30 PM. The Town is pleased to announce that additional parking will be available this year on the land owned by the Catholic Church along Bonnet Street (Route 30), which can be accessed from main park roadway. Parking services are being provided by the Boy Scouts, Troop 332 from Manchester, Vermont. Additional parking is available downtown, at Manchester Elementary Middle School, and at Riley Rink.

The designated viewing area this year is on McClellan Field and Eckhardt Field, the new fields just north of Applejack Stadium. The walking path to the south and east of Applejack Stadium will be closed to the public during the fireworks setup. Please note that BBQ grilling and dogs are not allowed on McClellan and Eckhardt Fields. Smoking is not permitted at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

The Town swimming pool will be open during the day from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM free of charge. The Misty Blues will entertain the crowd on McClellan Field before the fireworks from 5:15 PM to 8:45 PM. Also, Chief’s Concession Stand will be vending food and beverages from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The menu includes summertime favorites such as hotdogs, hamburgers, french fries, drinks, fresh popped popcorn and ice cream treats.

The​ 4th of July celebration is sponsored by the Town of Manchester and its taxpayers, the Vermont Summer Festival and Langway Chevrolet of Manchester.

The fireworks are possible because of the generous support of the following local businesses and organizations: RK Miles Inc, Manchester Lions Club, Community Bank NA, Thai Basil, W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, A Safe Place Self Storage, The Inn at Manchester, The Perfect Wife, Brewster Antiques, Hill & Thompson PC, Ye Old Tavern, Mother Myricks’s Confectionery, The Aspin at Manchester, VFW Post 6471 Manchester, GateHouse Financial Advisors, HN Williams, Brewster and Shea Funeral Home, The Inn at Ormsby Hill, Manchester Eagles Club #2551, The Casablanca Motel, Attention to Detail Kitchen and Bath Design Studio, Dupree Real Estate and Errol Hill Painting. Very special thanks to all of our sponsors.

For more information about the Independence Day Celebration, including up-to-date information about the schedule, visit the Town of Manchester’s Facebook page at or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439.