While the exact date of its origin in unknown, Cabot’s proud tradition of celebrating Independence Day started more than 50 years ago, and continues this year on Thursday, July 4th on the Cabot Town Common. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the annual rummage sale in the Cabot School Gym.

Other activities will be held on the Cabot Town Common, located in the heart of Cabot village on Route 215 and kick off at 9 a.m. including:

• Book sale to benefit the Cabot Public Library;

• Bounce houses & games for children (and fun adults!);

• Live entertainment, featuring The Outerburgs -rocking high-energy old-time string band music and traditional songs- at 10 am and the classic country and roots music band, Hillside Rounders from Noon-2 pm.;

• An assortment of local vendors;

• Exhibits at the Cabot Historical Society;

• A beverage tent hosted by The Den;

• Food vendors serving strawberry shortcake, sugar on snow, Italian sausage, burgers and hot dogs;

• Cabot’s famous BBQ chicken dinner that begins serving at Noon; and

• The Cabot 4th of July Parade stepping off at 11 am.

The parade, organized by the Cabot Fire Department, will include the usual array of entries including the giant puppets, horses, tractors, fire trucks and emergency rigs, musical performers, Cabot residents of note and more. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Vermont Agriculture and 100 Years of Cabot Creamery.” Parade line up is from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at 2466 VT Route 215. (South of Cabot Village).

There is no need to pre-register to participate in the parade, but all participants are required to fill out the parade participation form, available to download at cabotvermont.org or on site on July 4.

The parade starts south of the village and takes the traditional route north on Main Street through the village of Cabot. Parade viewers may sit anywhere along the parade route that is not restricted; you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

The reviewing stand is located on the Town Common and parade awards will be presented during the parade. The parade entries that are judged as the Cheesiest, most Agricultural, most Historic and most Patriotic will receive a cash prize.

Travel on VT Route 215 through the Village of Cabot will be restricted from 11 a.m. until the parade concludes.

Business, candidate and food vendors are welcome for a fee. Service dogs only.

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