July 3rd Fireworks are Back!

The biggest fireworks show in Vermont returns July 3rd on the Burlington waterfront and as always it will mean a huge crowd and a ton of fun.

While the fireworks begin at 9:30, activities along the waterfront begin at 5, so you will definitely want to arrive early.

Traffic will be heavy throughout the downtown following the fireworks.There will be two lanes leaving the city on Main Street. Traffic flow on College, Cherry or Pearl will be directed to Colchester Avenue or Route 127. Motorists are encouraged to use these designated streets, avoid neighborhoods or cross town routes. All parking lots off Lake Street will exit up Depot Street at the end of the night.

If you are able to park on the waterfront you should be prepared to wait an hour to leave after the show as pedestrians and Ride GMT buses will take priority. Lakeview and Marketplace garages will be running a $5 flat fee entrance fee. The Perkins Pier lot will be $10 for cars and $20 for trailers. There is handicap parking at the Lake Street extension by the A_Dog Skatepark.

It is recommended that guests utilize the University of Vermont Gutterson Parking Garage. Shuttles will begin running 3:45 and continue running until 11:30 to get people from Patrick Gymnasium to One Main Street on the waterfront. The round trip fare costs $1.

If you take your bike, Local Motion will feature free valet parking at the Lake Street Parking Lot.

For guests commuting to Burlington, be sure to check out Vermont Railway’s Fireworks Express, with stops in Charlotte, Shelburne and South Burlington. More information and tickets are available on their website. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Parks and Recreation will continue to provide updates and feel free to check in on facebook & twitter by looking up #btvjuly3.