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Town Prepares for July Fourth Celebration and Parade

CABOT – The annual Fourth of July Celebration in Cabot returns this year on Monday, July 4. The annual event begins at 8 a.m.

While the exact date of its origin is unknown, Cabot’s proud tradition of celebrating Independence Day started more than 50 years ago and features the Cabot Fourth of July Parade stepping off at 11 a.m.

The parade, organized by the Cabot Fire Department, will include the usual array of entries, including giant puppets, horses, tractors, fire trucks and emergency rigs, musical performers, and more.  Parade line up is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., at the Cabot Volunteer Fire Department, 2947 Main Street.

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 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 and viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The parade entries that are judged as the Cheesiest, most Agricultural, most Historic, and most Patriotic will receive a $50 cash prize.

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

In addition to the parade, Cabot is hosting the annual rummage sale, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Cabot School Gym. The Friends of Cabot Library annual book sale and food vendors and village businesses will be open at 9 a.m., and the Cabot Art Barn opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

Following the parade until 2 p.m., the July Fourth celebration continues with games and inflatables, Cabot Volunteer Fire Department open house and touch-a-truck, Cabot Harvest Hub farm market, fun-prize Bingo and an old-time jam session at the Den’s Beer Garden next to the river.

For pet’s safety, visitors are asked to leave animal companions at home.  Bring service dogs only.

Updated information will be posted on and the Facebook event page at “Cabot, VT July 4th Celebration.”

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