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Event listings for Wednesday, July 4

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Fourth of July Bike Decorating Event: Kids may bring their bikes and helmets and get festive with a variety of decorations and walk in the parade. Brattleboro Red. & Parks will provide the decorations, tattoos, face painting, and ribbons for the participants. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the parade. Parents of children over 5 can meet us at the Common at the end of the parade. 9 a.m. bike decorating, 10 a.m. walk in the parade (rain or shine in the parking lot). Free. Vermont Inn Pizza, 460 Canal St. Information: 802-254-5808.

BRATTLEBORO Free Brattleboro "Go Fourth" - 45th annual Independence Day Celebration: Morning parade downtown. Afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park. Some 50 marching units, including the Brattleboro American Legion and BUHS bands, veterans, civic and youth groups, kick off the festivities with a parade along Canal and Main to the Common. Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks leads the march with its giant American flag, while Alfred Hughes Jr. concludes the event by debuting his annual top-secret ensemble. BCTV will air the parade live on local cable channel 8/online at brattleborotv.org, with commentary by Tim Johnson. Rec. & Parks Dept. offers public concerts, sporting events, and family activities at Living Memorial Park. Highlights include a New England Center for Circus Arts performance, children's concert by Les Julian, and the Miles Band. All programs are free thanks to citizen, civic, and corporate donations - the celebration's main sponsors are Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S Precision, the Holstein Association, and the Richards Group. 10 a.m. parade downtown (2 p.m. family activities, 5:45 p.m. NECCA, 6:30 p.m. Les Julian children's concert, 7 p.m. Miles Band, 9:30 p.m. fireworks at Living Memorial Park). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: brattleborogoesfourth@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/BrattleboroGoesFourth.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Carry the "Civil Rights for All" Banner in the Fourth of July Parade: "Get up! Stand up!" and march for our civil rights. Positive nonviolent public action for democracy and equal civil rights for all people. Democracy needs you. Marching in the parade is a powerful way to show that we want to fix our democracy. Plus it feels good. 9 a.m. in the parking lot. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. RSVP: 802-464-3154, woodyandsusan@gmail.com.

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