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Celebrate the USA!

Granville:

•Independence Day Celebration with barbecue and fireworks. The Granville Fire Department will coordinate July 4 fireworks show following a fair including all participating local businesses and a barbecue hosted by the Moss Glen Grange. Located near D's Doghouse on Route 100 on the Air Port Flat. For details, call 767-3027.

Hinesburg:

•July 3: Hilly Hobble Foot Race starts at 6 p.m. at the corner of Buck Hill Road and Route 116. All runners finish at Veterans Park.

•July 4 events start at 9 a.m. with Book Sale at Hinesburg Town Hall. Hinesburg Parade at 11 a.m. starts on Route 116 through downtown. Daylong activities end with townwide fireworks at the Hinesburg Central School at dusk. Visit the St. Jude Parish Food Stand with hot dogs, juices, sodas, teas and water. This year's July 4 theme is "The Best Thing about Living in Hinesburg".

Orwell:

•Independence Day Tax Party Rally at Mt. Independence Historic Site, site of a Revolutionary War fort and hospital.

"No taxation without representation is tyranny" is just as relevant a rallying cry today as it was in 1775. Join America's new "velvet revolution" and exercise your First Amendment rights while celebrating American exceptionalism.

The Orwell event includes efforts against local and national tax increases with public speakers voicing opposition to one-party rule and President Obama's policies. Rally starts late morning. See www.vermontteaparty.com for up-to-the-minute details.

To reach the site, take Route 73 west from Orwell and take the first left turn. Follow signs. Parking lot for the historic site is on the left at the top of a hill.

Richmond:

•Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m. begins at the elementary school. Richmond July 4 Parade starts at 10:35 a.m. Food vendors at the green. Starting at 1 p.m. on the green: Richmond Community Band concert, Richmond Auction, Antique Car Show, Dog Show, Old-Fashioned Games. Spelling Bee, held at the public library, starts at 3 p.m.

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