NQID 2022

Not Quite Independence Day (NQID)

Saturday, June 25

 

Not Quite Independence Day, or NQID, is back to its usual date on the last Saturday in June! Join us on Saturday, June 25 for a fun celebration of the Fourth of July! This year's theme is Freedom & Unity.
 
3:45 pm - Green Mountain Mile
  • Just before the parade begins, the Green Mountain Mile runners take to the streets for this family-friendly fun run.
  • The course starts on the access road to the Ice Center, then heads through downtown along Main Street, finishing at the intersection with Stowe St.
  • More details to come, including registration information.
 
4:00 pm - "Freedom & Unity" Themed Parade
  • The parade will head North on Main St, starting at the State Complex (South) entrance and finishing at the rail bridge by Dac Rowe Field.
  • The central section of Main St from Park Row to Stowe Street gets very busy, so please consider watching from alternate areas to keep everyone nicely spread out.
  • Parade watchers should stand in family groups, ideally with kids in front and adults behind, and keep one sheep distance between groups.
  • Please note that traffic on Main Street will be stopped by 3:30 pm and parking will be blocked off around most of Rusty Parker Memorial Park.
 
5:00 pm - Food and Beer concessions open
  • A selection of food vendors and craft & souvenir vendors will be set up around Rusty Parker Park. A full list to appear here soon.
  • The Rotary Club will be serving beer throughout the concert and fireworks.
 
6:00 pm - Concert by Barbie-N-Bones until the fireworks start a little before 9:00 pm
  • There will a variety of beer for sale by the Rotary. The primary beer sponsor is Lawson's Finest Liquids.
  • There will not be any outside alcohol allowed into Rusty Parker Park per state regulations.
  • A suggested $5 donation per attendee will be requested to help fund the day’s events
  • Food and other vendors will be around the edges of the park selling right after the parade ends.
 
9:00 pm or thereabouts - Fireworks
  • The firework display will be visible from all over town, so find a spot with a clear view of the sky behind the State Complex.
  • Parking at the State Complex is FREE of charge. Volunteers will ask for a donation to help cover costs for the day's events.
  • Parking for the fireworks is available behind the State Office Complex. There won’t be any special parking restrictions.
  • If viewing on the grass at the State Office Complex, please stay behind the signs.
  • Exiting the fireworks via Park Row (at the light) or State Drive. All those exiting out of State Drive will be directed South on Main Street and can get onto I-89 in Middlesex if necessary.