Upper Valley towns prepare for Fourth of July

by Jacqueline Rose | 7/3/96 5:00am

From fireworks atop Mount Moosilauke to Woodstock, Vermont's old-fashioned celebration consisting of a crafts fair, spelling bees and music, the Upper Valley offers plenty of ways for students to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The Dartmouth Outing Club has planned a hike up Mount Moosilauke to view fireworks on Thursday.

Students can leave Hanover at either 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Thursday to arrive at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in time for dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Students can either return to Hanover after viewing the fireworks display, arriving near midnight, or bring a sleeping bag and spend the night at Moosilauke, returning to the College Friday morning.

For those who prefer to remain closer to home, the town of Hanover's old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 with a parade down Main Street.

The parade will be followed with numerous musical performances including the Green Mountain Highlanders bagpipe band, the Foggy Mountain Cloggers dancing troupe, and the Cardigan Mountain Tradition blue grass band.

The North Country Chordsmen barber shop chorus and he Flames, an oldies rock n' roll band will provide additional entertainment.

Although Hanover will not host a fireworks display, fireworks will explode over nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire Thursday night.

The town of Lebanon will begin its Fourth of July celebration at 3 p.m. with a parade down Hanover Street, presided over by Governor of New Hampshire Steven Merrill.

"The parade will include bands, floats and marching units," said Nancy Labelle of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. "Bikes are also invited."

Woodstock, Vermont, located about 15 miles away, will celebrate the Fourth of July with an old-fashioned celebration on Friday morning at Billings Farm.

Festivities at the restored farmhouse include games, spelling bees and an exhibit at the farm's museum titled, "Vermont Farms Revisited."

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