- Posted July 6, 2011 by
Celebrating the Nations Birthday, in Warren Vermont.
4th of July celebrations are really a given here in the United States. From major cities, to tiny rural hamlets, the 4th of July is the date we recognize as our nations birthday and a day that is known for barbecues, political speeches, parades and fireworks.
These celebrations are generally fun, but lack that serious "party with a purpose" approach to "birthdays" generally seen on an individual level. Families gather on the town green, or in a park, maybe near a lake. They watch a parade featuring some simple floats, the local fire department, local veterans. Sometimes there are games and rides, occasionally a pick-up baseball game, perhaps a little soccer. By and large, sedate "family friendly" fun.
This safe sedate "fun" is the norm, unless, you happen to be in the tiny town of Warren Vermont, deep in the Mad River Valley. For 63 years, natives of this tiny Vermont town have taken a very different approach to the annual 4th of July parade and celebration. In Warren, the 4th is anything but a mellow day of conservative family fun. It is a ruckus celebration that features dancing in the streets, comparable to anything seen in Mardi Gras, and a parade with "floats" that range from cute and cuddly to down-right racy. This celebration is also recognized around the US, and even the world as one of the premier annual summer events and draws several thousand people to the picturesque Vermont town of Warren. Every year, the celebration begins with a parade with each "float" built around a common theme. This years theme was "Act like a Local:_________". For marchers in this annual event, no prior registration is required, participants in the parade just need to be at the start location at the right time, and they can march. This occasionally leads to floats and displays, that are anything but "traditional". Vermont is often called the most liberal state in the Union, and in Warren, the 4th of July celebration lived up to the states reputation.