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July 4 fireworks and activities around the region

All events take place Saturday, July 4 unless otherwise noted:

Rutland: Summer Smash 2009. Gates and concessions open at 4:30 p.m., Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby begins at 6:30 p.m., Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:45 p.m., free parking, Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 South Main St., for ticket information call 775-5200.

Rutland: The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce presents the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 South Main St. Free parking, 9:45 p.m. Information: 773-2747 or 1-800-756-8880.

Killington: July 4 Parade and Fire Department Barbeque, parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Killington Events Hall (formerly the grange) down River Road to the recreceation center, BBQ begins at 11:30 a.m., during the afternoon there will be fun filled games, silent auction and entertainment, bring a picnic blanket and stay all day; fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Killington: Killington Sprint and International Distance Triathlon. Sprint Triathlon: .35 Mile Swim, 15 Mile Bike, 4 Mile Run. International Distance: .75 Mile Swim, 30 Mile Bike, 8 Mile Run. Kick off the 4th of July by challenging yourself in the Northeast's toughest triathlon, then relax and enjoy all that Killington has to offer in the summer. Hike the Appalachian Trail, golf at the Green Mountain National Golf Course, or ride the Alpine Slide; fireworks display at night. Visit www.piranha-sports.com for more information.

Bomoseen: Gypsy Reel performs at Crystal Beach at 7 p.m., rain date July 5.

Belmont: Bring the family to the Belmont Odd Fellows Hall and enjoy a holiday BBQ with all the trimmings, 5 and 6 p.m., adults $10, children under 12 $5.

Brandon: "Largest Independence Day Parade in Vermont." Brandon Independence Day Celebration includes activities, games, entertainment, music, vendors, and the parade. Fireworks at dusk. For more information call 247-6401.

Mt. Holly: Fourth of July Parade: Mt. Holly's Independence Day Parade theme is Fun on Wheels with parade line up starting at 10:30 a.m. and parade starting at 11 a.m. Following the parade, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont will be a flag ceremony, salute with parade prize award at 11:30 a.m., and a chicken BBQ with all the fixings until 1:30 p.m. to benefit the Odd Fellows. Live music and cow flop 'raffle' from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Details, call 259-3343.

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