NQID 2021

Not Quite Independence Day Rescheduled to July 10th

Every year in recent memory, Waterbury has held “Not Quite Independence Day” on the last Saturday in June. This year however, the phrase “Not Quite” will be referring to a day after Independence Day. The Waterbury Rotary’s NQID organizing committee is announcing that NQID this year will be held on Saturday July 10th.

4:00pm - Roaring 20's 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.
  • Parade entrants will now be allowed to hand out items to the crowd (but no throwing of items)
  • Please note that traffic on Main Street will be stopped around 3:30 pm and parking will be blocked off around most of Rusty Parker Memorial Park.
5:00pm - 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.
6:00pm - Concert  with 'Still Kickin' until the fireworks start a little before 9:00pm
  • 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
  • Waterbury Ambulance Service will be doing COVID vaccinations at the event
  • Waterbury Winterfest is arranging fun activities between the music, including a mid-summer night's snowball toss. Warm up your catching arm, but not too warm or else you'll melt the snowball!
9:00pm 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.
More details on the days event and safety protocols will be communicated on this page and at https://www.facebook.com/waterburyvtrotary/.