Not Quite Independence Day (NQID)

Submit your ideas for the 2023 NQID t-shirt!
Not Quite Independence Day (NQID) is a beloved annual celebration hosted by the Waterbury Rotary Club. The 2023 festivities will be on Saturday, June 24, 2023.
After gathering 40 community submissions, the Rotary chose "Peace, Love & the 4th of July" as the winning theme for the 2023 NQID celebration. The winning entry was from Lisa Sholk, who will receive a t-shirt and be invited to sit in the parade review stand to help choose the parade float that best represents the NQID theme, club officials announced.
The Waterbury Rotary has now opened it up for NQID t-shirt designs ideas for something that illustrates the theme of “Peace, Love & 4th of July.” 

Entries will be accepted through 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 and a winner will be chosen on Feb. 14. To submit an idea, please send an email to with your name, contact information, and images of your design.

Winning floats from the 2022 NQID are:

  • Best Overall Trophy Winner - True Value Hardware (Waterbury)
  • Best Antique Vehicle - The Silver Annie (Johnson)
  • Most Funny - Zenbarn (Waterbury)
  • Most Patriotic - Waterbury Ambulance (Waterbury)
  • Best Kids - Berry Patch Child Care (Moretown)
  • Best Use of Theme - The DEW (Harwood Students)
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.
3:00 pm - Food & Beer concessions open and activities start
  • A selection of food vendors, craft & souvenir vendors, and non-profits will be set up around Rusty Parker Park, including Yum, Dan's Dough, Rainbow Ice, Crown Ice Cream, Paprika Catering Company, Waterbury Rotary Club, 802 Snow, Northern Craft Nest, Gifts from the Notch, VT Historical Society, Waterbury Skatepark, Waterbury Ambulance, and more.
  • 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 beer sales will continue throughout the concert.
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.
  • Applicants are encouraged to pre-register for the race on Friday, June 24, from 5-7 pm at Brookside Primary School.
  • There will be race day registration from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Ice Center.
  • Entry fees are: $5 for kids (14 and under), $10 for adults.
  • Download and complete the registration form here
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 - Kids activities begin
  • Fun games include pig races, ring toss, butterfly balloon burst, fish pong, treasure bricks, and more.
  • There will also be face painting and baby goats!
6:00 pm - Concert by Barbie-N-Bones until the fireworks start a little before 9:00 pm
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.

Watch past parade recordings by ORCA Media here!