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Brattleboro ‘goes Fourth’ for the 45th year

BRATTLEBORO—The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee invites the public to the town’s 45th annual Independence Day celebration, set for Wednesday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic, and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.

Brattleboro’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which is sponsoring the parade for a fourth year, will lead the march with its giant American flag, while local personality Alfred Hughes Jr. will conclude the event by debuting his annual top-secret ensemble.

BCTV will air the parade live on local cable television channel 8 and online at, with commentary by longtime broadcaster Tim Johnson.

After, the town Recreation & Parks Department will offer a series of public concerts, sporting events, and family activities at Living Memorial Park — just off Western Avenue and Interstate 91 Exit 2 — from 2 p.m. to the start of fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Highlights include a New England Center for Circus Arts performance at 5:45 p.m., a children’s concert by Les Julian at 6:30 p.m., and the Miles Band at 7 p.m.

All programs are free, thanks to citizen, civic, and corporate donations, starting with the celebration’s main sponsors at Brattleboro’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S. Precision, the Holstein Association, and the Richards Group.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #466 (Wednesday, July 4, 2018). This story appeared on page A4.

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