After the only hiatus in its nearly 72 consecutive years, the Warren Fourth of July show is back and this year’s theme is Heroes Among Us.
The parade returns to Warren Village where the cannon will be fired at 10 a.m. and the parade will begin. There will be no Buddy Badges this year and no post-parade festivities at Brooks Field. Also, there is no shuttle service to take the people from Sugarbush to the parade. There will be a street dance with Bruce Sklar and his Sklarkestra playing from the balcony of the Warren Store. Additionally, there will be street vendors in Warren Village for the celebration.
Susan Klein, who manages the event for the Mad River Valley Rotary Club, has prepared a calendar of events for the day. It reads as follows:
8:00 am: Vendors must have arrived at Warren Village to prepare for installation.
- Main Street Warren closed to all vehicles from Brook Road south to Covered Bridge Road and up to Route 100.
- North Main Street to Brook Road will be one-way on the left side of the road to School Road.
- At the end of the parade, all vehicles parked at or near the school must depart via East Warren for Route 100 northbound and Plunkton Road for Route 100 southbound.
- Vehicles will be prohibited from leaving the school and turning right onto Brook Road until portions of Main Street are reopened when deemed safe to do so, then may exit Warren Village via Flat Iron Road and Covered Bridge / South Main Street.
- Follow the instructions of the traffic personnel.
- Be patient.
Parking for people with disabilities will be at the municipal building and overflow will be at the grain stone / suburb parking area. The disabled parking sign must be clearly displayed. Arrive before 8:30 am. Parking on the roads surrounding the village of Warren will be limited to one side to allow access for emergency vehicles.
8:30 am-9am: Tanks should arrive by this time, enter the village via South Main Street and Route 100 (not Covered Bridge Road) and line up in order of arrival or as assigned by the Tank Patrol. Chariots and marchers must remain in the assigned order. Tanks and walkers do not need to register. No horses allowed. Warren’s fire department and other dignitaries come first; the rest align.
9:30 am: WDEV broadcasts live on 96.1 FM from the porch of The Pitcher Inn. MRV-TV broadcasts live on channel 44.
10am: The cannon shot, will be started by a representative of Mad River Valley Ambulance, and the signal is given to begin the parade from the south end of Main Street through the covered bridge moving north on Main Street, turning right onto Brook Road towards Warren School. Tanks can be parked in the city garage on School Road. Cars cannot park there.
11:15 am: Bruce Sklar and his Slarkestra (sponsored by The Warren Store and Pitcher Inn) warm up on the porch of the Warren Store and the street dancing begins. Main Street in Warren Village, from the south intersection of Brook Road to Flat Iron Road, will remain closed until the strip is completed and the street is swept. There is no alcohol permitted in Warren Village, the rule being enforced by security personnel.
Klein said Doug Bergstein and Allison Duckworth are the show’s announcers. Karl Klein is a float patroller; Karen Anderson and Audrey Mosley are handling judges. After the street dancing is over, revelers can head to Sugarbush for more festivities.
“We prefer that you leave your dog at home. You will have a lot more fun than your canine friend. There are always spare bin bags in the street bins. If you see a full box, feel free to remove the full bag and replace it with an empty bag. If you see garbage on the street, consider picking it up and putting it in a garbage can, ”she said.
At Sugarbush, the resort will be hosting their annual afternoon dog parade from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (see related story on page 12.) Dog owners can parade their costumed dogs around Lincoln Peak and are invited. to donate to benefit PAWsitive Pantry.
The sugar bush will be open all weekend for mountain activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including ski lifts, downhill mountain biking, disc golf, bungee trampoline and hiking. The farm rental shop will be open for bicycle rental and repair.
Finally, the nightly festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with live music from Medicine Tribe and fireworks at 9 p.m. Food and drinks will be available at Rumble’s Bistro & Bar.