4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
5K Fun Run
  • 2018 Fun Run Results
  • 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.: Fun Run Registration at Union Memorial School
  • FEE: $5.00 per participant
  • Race begins at 8:15 a.m.
  • Light refreshments available for participants after the race!
  • Finishers medals for top male, female, and youth finishers!
4th of July Parade
  • The parade starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • The 2018 parade will proceed down Blakely Road.  The parade will begin at the Colchester High School and end at Lavigne Road.  Please plan accordingly and expect traffic delays in the area.
  • Do you have a recommendation for who should be the Grand Marshall at this year's parade?  Email comments to Mike, or call him at 802-264-5648

Bayside Beach

Bayside Beach Holiday Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm

  • Lifeguards will be on duty at Bayside Beach for those who want to swim.
  • Bayside Paddle Sports will be open for paddleboard, kayak, and pedal boat rentals.
  • The Bayside Inflatable Water Park will be open for rentals.  $5 / 30min - Users must use a BPS lifejacket.  Visit the webpage for rental details and terms of use.

Bayside Park

  • 5:00  to 9:00 p.m.: Inflatables
    • Concession vendors will also be selling food, drinks, glow sticks, and more.
  • 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.: Music Entertainment: THE HITMEN
    • The Hitmen are: Jim Cheney (Bass and Vocals), Bob Young (Guitar and Vocals), Brian Donnelly (Drums and Vocals), and Bob Boedecker (Keys and Vocals).
    • Musical Style: 1970s and 1980s party rock & roll, featuring hot guitar, organ, and impressive vocal harmonies! The Hitmen play anything from John Mellencamp to Santana, The Atlanta Rhythm Section to Steely Dan - don't miss this fantastic group!


  • Fireworks will take place at dusk from the Bayside Softball Field. Please stay behind the safety fence.
  • Parking available at: Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, and the Malletts Bay School.

Support our Event!

The 4th of July Celebration is made possible thanks to generous donations from Colchester businesses, organizations, and individuals.  If you would like to donate and help make this event a success, please complete a Donation Form (PDF) and return it to Colchester Parks & Recreation with a check for your desired donation amount.  All donors will be recognized in the 4th of July event brochures and in a Thank You in the Colchester Sun.