July 4th weekend is almost here, and as you know, it’s not going to be filled with the same fireworks festivities we’ve grown accustomed to here. I have no doubt, however, that countless individuals will still fill my street with the pops and bangs that my kiddo loves, and my dog loathes.
There are other great events this weekend where you can be out and about, but still socially distant and safe. So, check it out, and I hope that you all have a happy and safe 4th!
1) Farm and Food Event
Where: Rise N’ Shine Farm, 3171 Ethan Allen Highway, Charlotte
When: Wednesday, 4PM-7PM
Looking for a great idea for takeout this week? Head to Rise N’ Shine Farm, where you can snag some eats from Half Baked Wood Fired Pizza and Wagyu Wagon. You can also grab some produce, flowers, creemees and other local products from the farm stand.
2) Boom City Improv
Where: Revelry Theater (online event)
When: Wednesday, 8PM-9PM
Boom City is a short form improv comedy group that you need to check out. They perform storytelling monologues that are bound to be fun and funny, and you can support this comedy team right from the comfort of your home.
3) Benefit Batch! Scoops for VT Foodbank
Where: Burlington, Waterfront
When: Friday, 11AM-7PM
Need an excuse to splurge on ice cream this weekend? Here it is! Vermont Creamery and Lake Champlain Chocolates are working together to bring two limited-edition flavors to you this Friday (and only this Friday)—Maple Creme Fraiche and Chocolate Creme Fraiche. What’s the excuse? All proceeds benefit the VT Foodbank, so it’s definitely for a good cause.
4) Broccoli Bar at the Farm
Where: Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream, 4947 Spear Street, Shelburne
When: Friday, 4PM-8PM
If you haven’t tried the Broccoli Bar yet… well, why? How? It’s a popular choice at food truck events, and for good reason. Head to the Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream location in Shelburne this Friday for some eats. You can bring a blanket to sit out on the lawn, with ample space for social distancing.
5) Free Friday Yoga
Where: Balance Yoga, 840 W Main Street, Richmond
When: Friday, 6PM
Once a month, Balance Yoga provides a free yoga class (as part of their Karma mission). Space is limited, but classes are suitable for all abilities. This Friday’s class it taught by Joann.
6) Nico Suave Two Seatings
Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington
When: Friday, 7PM-1:30AM
Reserve a table (for four) at Nectar’s this Friday, for a 7PM or 9:30PM show with Nico Suave. The 7PM show is Funk with Friends, and the 9:30PM show is Get the Led out: A Led Zeppelin set. Capacity is limited per Health Department regulations, and tables will be spaced 6 feet apart.
7) July 4th Parade and Celebration
Where: MARK BBQ, 34 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 10AM-8:30PM
MARK BBQ will be hosting a parade this Saturday from 10AM-1PM, followed by a BBQ party in their parking lot between 3PM-8:30PM. There will be food booths set up, beer, and live music. Tickets are for sale, and 20% of the profits go to Josh’s House and Aunt Dots place.
8) Open Streets BTV
Where: Church Street Marketplace, Burlington
When: Saturday, 12PM-8PM
Each Saturday this summer, the Church Street Marketplace (Cherry, Bank, and College Streets) will be closed to cars and open for business. This will allow local, small businesses to offer safe dining and shopping experiences outside. This is a great way to more safely support our local businesses and help them through this challenging time.
9) Disco Phantom at On Tap
Where: On Tap Bar & Grill, 4 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 5PM-9PM
Celebrate Independence Day this Saturday at the On Tap Bar & Grill deck, as Disco Phantom plays his mix of awesome dance beats (electronic, rock, punk, hip-hop, folk and of course… disco).
10) Dwight & Nicole Higher Ground Drive-In Experience
Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 7PM-9PM
At this benefit for Racial Equality in America, catch a live set of Dwight & Nicole, along with opening music from Luis Calderin, and storytelling with Ferene Paris Meyer & Friends of All Heart Inspirations. Tickets are sold per vehicle, and the event is rain or shine.
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