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Blog :: 05-2011

Go Fourth - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Good Fireworks

Fourth of July in Vermont is a beautiful time of year and no celebration is complete without fireworks displays. In the Mount Snow Valley, you have several places to go to enjoy the best festivities and fireworks displays, including Brattleboro, Wilmington, and Wardsboro.

Whether you choose to spend the day out at a picnic or take part in some of the many community events, there's something for the whole family. You can dance to live music, eat great food, meet new friends, and join in celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Consider these stops in your July 4th celebration plans.

1) Wilmington's 34th Annual Independence Day Party and Fireworks. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. at Baker Field, located behind Twin Valley High School, with a party, live entertainment and vendors on the field. The evening culminates with spectacular fireworks displays at 9:00 p.m.

2) Wardsboro's 62nd Street Fair and  Fourth of July Parade. The oldest Fourth of July event in southern Vermont is celebrated just six miles north of Mount Snow on Route 100. This year's 62nd Anniversary Celebration will have 50 top-quality vendors and crafters on hand, as well as children's games, street musicians, a clown, and chicken BBQ. Tour the art show at the library barn, search for new reading at the book sale, and see a dazzling quilt show in the church. Home made pies and strawberry shortcake will be for sale. The Street Fair starts at 9:00 a.m. and the Parade tours up and down Main St. at 10:00, so get there early.

3) Brattleboro's 38th Annual Independence Day Celebration. Honoring the community's spirit of cooperation, this year's theme is "Together, We Go Fourth." The parade includes marching bands from Brattleboro Union High School, themed floats by local businesses and organizations, and area fire and rescue units. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds from BUHS, down Canal St., up Main St. and ends at the Common. Free public festivities and fireworks displays will follow in the evening at Living Memorial Park.

If you're looking for a place to stay during the July Fourth weekend, check out some short-term rentals near Mount Snow.

Tough Mudder at Mount Snow

Why anyone would volunteer to dive in icy water, walk through fire, get electrocuted and crawl through cold mud is a mystery to us. But that is what Tough Mudder is all about. And thousands of people subjected themselves to those exact conditions at Mount Snow for the 2011 Tough Mudder event. And they didn't even get paid to do it.

Tough Mudder is essentially an obstacle course. A REALLY tough obstacle course. It is 9 miles long and was designed by former British Special Forces officers. The fastest competitors took over 3 hours to finish after crawling through culverts in frigid water, climbing across monkey bars to avoid more cold water, hiking miles and miles of wooded trails, and attempting to dodge a 10,000-volt electrically-charged gauntlet (most were not successful in dodging it).

Of the 14,000 Tough Mudder participants, Chimney Hill Real Estate was proud to sponsor a team of eight. As you can see by the photos below, it was no easy task to finish, but finish they did. We're proud of you, guys and gals!

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