Every year on July 4th at 4:30 p.m. the villagers assemble in the Villa Grande town square. Excerpts of the Declaration of Independence are read and then the citizens parade through the town, playing kazoos and drums, while singing patriotic songs. The procession stops at the old Villa Grande Hotel for more singing, dance performances and the Children’s Kazoo Chorus. Next, the parade traverses the byways of Villa Grande and then repairs to the Villa Grande beach where a cannon is fired in remembrance of the struggle for independence.
The celebration was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid-19, but is expected to be revived in some form in 2021.
This delightful event originated in the early 1900s and was revived and embellished by Wyman Spaulding in the late 1970s. The tradition is now carried on by Friends of Villa Grande. If you would like to assist with the festivities, please contact the us