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Independence Day Celebration

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NOTE:  Road Closure- Rt. 2 Old Stage Road to Johnson Farm, July 4, 9:30-11:30a

The Williston Independence Day Celebration will have activities on July 2-July 4 this year.  Check back regularly as new things will be added to the event. 

    Want to be part of the wonderful parade- Register your group, organization, or neighborhood.  Registration for the parade is online again this year.  Register below.

Non-Profit Organizations:
   Is your group or organization a non-profit?  If so, you can register to have a booth on the Green after the parade.  Registration forms available below

   Does your group, organization or business want to be a sponsor of the Independence Day Celebration- Sponsorship Opportunities are still available, contact the Recreation Department.

Schedule of Events:
   July 2nd
     Deb Beckett Memorial 5K Race/Walk- to register- Click here
       8:30am- Walkers, 9:00am- Runners
       5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Williston/Richmond Rotary

   July 3rd 
     Library Book Sale-    4:00-6:00pm      Williston Central School
       For more information, contact the library at 878-4918
     Town Band Concert- 7:00pm           Village Green
     Ice Cream Social-     7:00pm               Village Green
       Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Federated Church

   July 4th 
     Library Book Sale-   9:00am-1:00pm  Williston Central School
       For more information, contact the library at 878-4918
     Independence Day Parade- 10:00am
       Parade Route: Rt 2- Williston Road west from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Rd
     Activities and Vendors- 11:00am-1:00pm  Village Green
        Activities sponsored by Crosspoint Church
     Fire Dept. Open House- 11:30am-1:30pm
       Stop by the firehouse for their Open House
     Food and Activities-  6:00-9:00pm            Village Community Park
       Activities sponsored by Crosspoint Church
       Food Trucks sponsored by Adams Farm Market
     Fireworks-  9:20pm             Display at Village Community Park
       Rain date July 5

Register for the Parade below

Parade Information:
  • To participate in the parade you must register, please register below.
  • There is no fee to register, at checkout choose the Online Payment option, you will not be charged.
  • An email will be sent after you register with a confirmation of your entry
  • Another email will be sent, prior to July 4, with instructions for line up.
  • Parade Route: Williston Road- Route 2, west bound from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Road.
  • Parade Staging and Lineup: Begins at Johnson’s Farm on route 2, Williston Road.
  • Day of Parade: All parade entries must be at the staging area prior to 9:30am. The road closes at 9:30am.

Parade Rules:
  • No throwing candy or objects from vehicles or floats, or throwing anything into crowds.
  • Walkers may hand items to spectators along the parade route. The goal is to keep spectators Safe, by not entering the roadway to retrieve items or not hitting unexpected people with candy or objects.
  • Prohibited items: water pistols/guns, super-soakers, water balloons and other devices that propel water from vehicles, floats or walkers into the parade spectators.
  • Drivers of all vehicles/floats in the parade must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 years of age or older and drug and alcohol free.
  • Any entry that includes children must have adequate adult supervision. Adult supervision is required on all floats and open vehicles carrying children.
  • Participants must not sit on vehicles/equipment that are not intended for that purpose. Participants may not sit on vehicle hoods/trunks.
  • Emergency exit accessibility must be available on all floats/vehicles. All participants on floats/vehicle must have direct communication with driver of float or vehicle.
  • All floats/vehicles carrying people must be equipped with adequate restraining devices (seat belts or protective railings) capable of stopping anyone falling from the unit.
  • All parade participants must be wearing safety equipment for the means of transportation they are on. Example; bikes, scooters, skateboards, horses, etc.
  • Playing music is only allowed on parade route during parade time. It is to be kept to a reasonable level for your participants to hear and act to. Sounds will not interfere with other floats or vehicles on parade route.
  • Blowing of vehicle horns is strictly prohibited on parade route. Sirens of emergency vehicles is permitted and are to be kept at a reasonable level and only used when not a disturbance to parade watchers or sensitive areas along parade route.
  • If your entry includes animals, you are responsible for providing water and picking up after your animals.
  • Alcohol and smoking is not allowed to be consumed by parade participants. Police on hand will be monitoring the parade as well as the crowd.
  • Commercial business entries may not simply ride through the parade route in their company vehicle. All entries must be decorated according to a parade theme and/or in an appropriate holiday manner.
  • In the case of an emergency with parade participants or spectators, parade participants must move to the right of the parade route to allow clear, unhindered access for emergency vehicles
  • The Williston Recreation & Parks Dept. reserves the right to photograph and/or record the entire parade and use these images to promote or benefit the committee’s activities including use in electronic media.
  • Note: The Recreation & Parks Dept. reserves the right to remove entries NOT obeying the rules listed above.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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