Since Vermont’s official motto is “Freedom and Unity,” it’s rather fitting to celebrate Independence Day in this quaint New England state. Known for its impressive mountain range and friendly locals, Vermont is a popular getaway destination. It’s the perfect place to take your family to catch a parade and spectacular fireworks show. Browse through lovely Vermont vacation rentals and discover your new home away from home. You’ll easily find out why everyone adores the “Green Mountain State.” That said, here are the most exciting places in Vermont to spend 4th of July with your family.

1. Go to Stowe

There’s no better way to spend Fourth of July than a good old-fashioned parade and fireworks show. The town of Stowe, Vermont gives you more at their annual Independence Day celebration. Start your day off at the Moscow Parade and take in the small town charm and American pride. Make your way over to the Village Festival for free activities and even live music. End the day with Stowe’s renowned fireworks display and be sure to bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Vacations rentals in downtown Stowe are within walking distance of a variety of activities to choose from.

2. Celebrate in Montpelier

Watch the fireworks with the capital building in the background it Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier. Not only does Montpelier have a parade full of patriotic floats and costumes, but it also has one of the best fireworks show in the state. Before the parade be sure to check out the Family Olympics on the State House Lawn and the Montpelier Mile Road Race!

3. Let freedom ring at Lake Champlain

If fishing, boating and swimming sounds like your kind of Fourth of July then Lake Champlain is the place to go. Located in northern Vermont, Lake Champlain is known for its beauty and convenience to nearby towns. With a variety of vacation rental options in the area including cabins and houses, staying by the lake can be a dream come true! There are so many towns to explore with plenty of Independence Day celebrations including the waterfront fireworks display in Burlington.

4. Bring the family to Burlington

Burlington is the largest city in Vermont and is also the home to Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen. Celebrate our nation’s freedom and check out the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum. Other activities in Burlington include strolling Church Street Marketplace and finishing off the evening with a fireworks show on the pier. Don’t forget to book your Burlington vacation rental early to get the best spot in town for Independence Day!

5. Get funky in Greensboro

Greensboro, Vermont is a small town that has a lot of fun including its annual Funky Fourth of July celebration. The parade will take place on Saturday, July 1 and include homemade floats and funky costumes. The town also boasts day-long activities and a fireworks show free for everyone. Be sure to check out Lake Caspian while in the area for perfect fishing, hiking and swimming all summer long. Many vacation rentals in Greensboro are along the lake and are close to all of the holiday fun!

6. Trek to Burke Mountain

You can’t go on a vacation to Vermont without exploring at least one of its famous mountains. This ski destination is a blast all summer long and offers several activities for Independence Day. Reserve your Burke Mountain vacation rental for immediate access to the best trails and be emerged in the wilderness. Watch the fireworks show from your vacation rental porch or take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of the mountain.

7. Get your ice cream fix

Vermont is home to the one and only Ben & Jerry’s Factory in the charming city of Waterbury. Here you can get a tour of the famous ice cream brand’s factory as well as sample some new flavors. Waterbury is also home to plenty of shops, breweries and hiking trails. The city has an annual Fourth of July celebration that includes a BBQ championship and a firework show.

8. Be enchanted at Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain, another popular Vermont ski destination, is a great place to visit with the family year-round. Consider renting a vacation rental in Londonderry to be close to all the action and have a place to call basecamp. The town puts on a fireworks show that can be seen from the hills of the mountain or the streets of Londonderry.

9. Go to a water park

The Pump House Water Park in Jay, Vermont is a great place for kids and adults to unwind and have a blast on Independence Day. The park offers a variety of water activities, a lazy river, indoor ice arena and even a poolside bar. The town has several Fourth of July festivities including fireworks and great dining options.

10. Race to West Haven

Spend your weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont and bring your own bike for a kids race. Vacation rentals in West Haven are close to West Haven and will have great views of the annual fireworks show late in the evening. Although the town is small, it is close to several popular lake spots along the New York and Vermont border.