I could go on and on about the reasons that I love Vermont– and if you’ve read my previous blogs, then you’d see that I already have. Its hard not to feel passionate about a place that values community as much as Vermont does. And it only makes sense that this week, only a few days away from the 4th of July, and a few days past the terrible tragedy that occurred in Arizona, that I write a little about community.
The week of Independence day is always an intense one, whether its because we’re just beginning to experience the real hot days of summer, or because its jam packed with planning for the in-laws to arrive for a mid-day BBQ, this week is usually a memorable one. A huge part of what makes this week is so memorable and important is because of the fireworks displays. Fireworks have the innate power to move people. I can still remember the faint sniffles and tears I witnessed from my grandmother as she listened to the womping sounds of the fireworks and the way their explosive colors filled the entire sky, several years ago. And she wasn’t the only one that was touched by them– little girls stood with their mouths open in total awe of the booming, cracking, bursts of color and light…. new parents would hold their babies close to their chests and cover their ears to protect them from the noise, while the couples would lean on each other and savor the closeness of the moment, surrounded by neighbors and friends.
Its nights like these, where the whole community huddles together and just takes a moment to breathe that I find so special. Some people may think that you have to live in a big city to get to watch great fireworks, but that certainly isn’t true, especially not in Vermont where even the smallest communities make it a point to get outside and celebrate together.
If you’re local, and are looking for Vermont fireworks, click here.
However you choose to spend your 4th of July week, be sure to take some time to soak in the beauty of the moment with the people closest to you!
Honor our USA heroes by watching this short video and ATT will donate $2 to Cell Phones for Soldiers
What are you doing to celebrate the United States of America's 236th birthday on this 4th of July? If you're like most of us, your plans are mostly about shopping, swimming, BBQs and fireworks. So here's a couple really easy ways to be patriotic and make a difference for our country's heros on this patriotic day.
Fly the flag! Honor the brave Americans who have served our country. Their sacrifices have earned our freedom. Show them your support!
Go to the parade. Every community has a parade, right? Take 2 hours and bring the kids to re-visit what the Fourth of July is all about.
Watch this 1 minute video about Cell Phones For Soldiers on Causes.com and ATT will donate $2 for every view of the film up to $50,000. This charity was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, when they were 12 and 13 years old to help soldiers make phone calls to their families. To date they have raised more than $7 million and provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to military personnel and veterans. You can add to their accomplishments by clicking here.
Now go out and enjoy the freedoms that others have provided you. Happy Fourth!
My favorite 4th of July event in Vermont has always been the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) concert. In Southeastern Vermont the concert is on July 3 this year at Grafton Ponds. It's an incredibly lovely, typically Vermont setting where you can stretch out with your finest picnic wares and enjoy wine, cheese and other favorite delicasies. For those in the northern part of the state, the VSO concert will be at Shelburne Farms on the 4th.
Lots of other fun events are going on this Independence weekend and one of the best places to scope them out is Vermont Vacation. Many Vermont State Parks have fireworks, free entry and later hours on the Fourth. Another favorite activity, especially for families is the Old Vermont 4th at the Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm where they have historic debates, wagon rides, a spelling bee, an egg toss, and more.
And of course, at Vermont Woods Studios we're celebrating America’s Independence with a 4th of July, USA Made Furniture Sale. While you’re traveling to Vermont’s music festivals, concerts, fireworks displays, parades, carnivals or fairs– stop in and see our solid wood furniture. Or shop online or by phone to save time and make the most of your outdoor events schedule.
In honor of our nation's Revolutionary heros, we're offering 20% off every piece of our 100% American made, solid wood furniture storewide. This is huge because as you may know, we offer this big discount only twice a year. We have a Black Friday sale at Thanksgiving and one other storewide sale, which is usually in the summer. This is it! These are the best prices we can offer — it's a great time to finally buy the authentic, USA made handcrafted solid wood furniture you've been longing for. Give us a call today with your questions or customizations. We look forward to serving you.