Clive's cannon starts the parade. Photo: Peggy McGrath

The Mad River Valley Rotary, this year’s producer of the 68th annual Warren Fourth of July, has tied up all the loose ends of the event celebrating Independence Day enhanced by the theme “State of Independents.” Floats and marchers simply show up at South Main Street below Covered Bridge Road by 9 a.m. Enter from South Main Street, south of Lincoln Gap Road.

Plenty of port-o-lets and local food will be available in both Warren Village and at Brooks Field. While the village will be a no-alcohol zone, there will be a designated beer garden at Brooks Field sponsored by Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen.

Melanie Showacre and KidVentures will lead the fun for kids of all ages at Brooks Field following the parade.

Off-site parking is free at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak with buses departing continuously from the ski area’s parking lot to Warren Village and back. Buses will run until 4 p.m. – follow the detour signs and auxiliary Mad Bus July 4 Bus signs. There is no off-site parking at Yestermorrow this year due to the bridge construction detour that has Route 100 closed just south of the Lareau swim hole.

Donations taken at the gates to town benefit the event with a small percentage going to the nonprofit group working the three gates. Give generously, receive a Buddy Badge and look for the matching number in the crowds. Those who find their buddy should head for the gazebo in the center of town to claim a pair of matching prizes while they last. Prizes totaling nearly $5,000 have been donated by Mad River Valley merchants.

Main Street in Warren Village closes from the Route 100 north entrance to Fuller Hill Road at 8:30 a.m. sharp, as does Brook Road, from School Road to Main Street. There is access to parking along the perimeter of Brooks Field when approaching from East Warren Road. Obey No Parking signs. Walk to the village via the short path behind Warren School.

Join Grand Marshal Troy Kingsbury of Village Grocery, Grippo Funk Band and special guests, Mad Mountain Scramblers, food vendors, nonprofit groups, neighbors, friends and visitors at the July Fourth festivities. or info@warren4thofjuly.